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Bluegrass Review May 16 – 22, 2015 #1521

After playing a recent bluegrass selection, we play some interesting truck driving songs, where the connection between truckin’ and family life is the focus. Our Gem of Bluegrass, we consider some bluegrass artists’ practice of playing other kinds of music … Continue reading

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Bluegrass Review May 16 – 22, 2015 (second hour) #1421

Bluegrass music’s history is one of evolutions and revolutions. It began with a stylistic revolution when Bill Monroe, after a period of trial-and-error introduced his great new sound in the 1940’s. Today we begin our look at Bluegrass revolutions and … Continue reading

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Bluegrass Review May 9 – 15, 2015 #1520

Bluegrass music uses mountains and wind to symbolize a feeling known as “lonesome.” We play 2 recent songs embodying this mood, and one classic. Some see old time music and bluegrass as completely separate entities. But there are plenty of … Continue reading

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Bluegrass Review May 9 – 15, 2015 (second hour) #1420

We break out with recent bluegrass. Then on the Gem of Bluegrass, we cover two branches of the same song tree and a new version which owes to each one: Bright Sunny South and Sweet Sunny South. We play songs … Continue reading

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Bluegrass Review May 2 – 8, 2015 #1519

Ralph Stanley is perhaps the greatest living bluegrass icon representing the past of bluegrass. Lately, Ralph’s grandson seems to be following in Ralph’s footsteps, as did Ralph’s son a few years ago. We listen to music played by three generations … Continue reading

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Bluegrass Review May 2 – 8, 2015 (second hour) #1419

Inspired by a recent broadcast that featured story songs, towards the beginning of the show we hit the mother lode of story songs: those that tell of tragedy. On our Gem of Bluegrass feature, we profile one of the most … Continue reading

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Bluegrass Review Apr 25 – May 1, 2015 #1518

A couple of “hillbilly wedding” songs lead off the show. Then we turn our attention to sung duets. Over time, this type of song treatment has served as the bread and butter of many bluegrass groups. The Gem of Bluegrass … Continue reading

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Bluegrass Review Apr 25 – May 1, 2015 (second hour) #1418

At the beginning of the show today, we play a group of new releases, some of which test the boundaries of bluegrass music. The Gem of Bluegrass questions whether bluegrass songs actually tell stories. Then we delve into great story … Continue reading

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Bluegrass Review Apr 18 – Apr 24, 2015 #1517

The overarching theme of today’s show is comparing versions of songs. Our first comparison, though compares thoughts on forgiveness. Some bluegrass songs do not recommend forgiving those who have hurt us. We listen to some comparisons where artists have taken … Continue reading

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Bluegrass Review Apr 18 – 24, 2015 (second hour) #1417

Our broadcast opens with a couple of songs set in prison, one new and one old. On our Gem of Bluegrass we present a study of one means of composition. You take an old song, do something to change it, … Continue reading

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