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Bluegrass Review Dec 9-Dec 15, 2017 (second hour) #1650

Broken hearted melodies are commonplace in bluegrass songs. But the stories in the Carolina Blue and Honi Deaton songs presented early are especially compelling. Why isn’t the harmonica more commonplace in bluegrass? That’s one we can’t figure out. The Gem … Continue reading

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Bluegrass Review Dec 9-Dec 15, 2017 #1750

After opening with recent Thomm Jutz work, we play a couple of songs that express singers’ differing relationships with home. The song Head Over Heels has an interesting evolution, and we cover it during the Gem of Bluegrass. Later, we … Continue reading

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Bluegrass Review Dec 2-Dec 8, 2017 #1749

We take care of a truck-connected overflow of songs, then consider the mood of bluegrass lonesome during the Gem of Bluegrass. We have a musical conversation with Marc and Brandi Janssen of Iowa City, and they sing and play for … Continue reading

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Bluegrass Review Dec 2-Dec 8, 2017 (second hour) #1649

A couple of songs depicting personal trouble open the show. One is about a missed connection, the other about settling long-standing anger. The Gem of Bluegrass focuses on how bluegrass substyles keep emerging and that some of them have long … Continue reading

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Bluegrass Review Nov 25-Dec 1, 2017 #1748

At the beginning of today’s show, we present songs of dangerous occupations, the type that are unlawful, too. Then, or Gem of Bluegrass revisits the song “Sitting on Top of the World.” In the second half of the show we … Continue reading

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Bluegrass Review Nov 25-Dec 1, 2017 (second hour) #1648

We all know how popular train songs are in bluegrass. We open the show with a couple that feature trains cutting through the landscape, and the second one, tells of life on the train. Country songwriter and singer merle Haggard … Continue reading

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Bluegrass Review Nov 18-Nov 24, 2017 (second hour) #1647

When Bluegrass goes downtown, it’s generally to have fun, and sometime too much! After a few “downtown” songs, the Gem of Bluegrass features bluegrass songs expressing thanks. Songs rarely sand thank you directly, but you can tell when singers are … Continue reading

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Bluegrass Review Nov 18-Nov 24, 2017 #1747

Bluegrass songs frequently depict people on the bottoms of things, so we open with a couple of songs that mention just that. On the Gem of Bluegrass, we reflect on something singer David Peterson mentioned during an interview a few … Continue reading

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Bluegrass Review Nov 11- Nov17, 2017 (second hour) #1646

The way the world is going, small towns and small town downtowns are really taking a beating. We present a group of songs on this issue. The Gem of Bluegrass addresses types of the evolution of bluegrass. Later, we visit … Continue reading

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Bluegrass Review Nov 11, 2017-Nov 17, 2017 #1746

Realizing that there are a few more “sunny side” side songs to play, we do this that towards the beginning of the show. On our Gem of Bluegrass, we survey how bluegrass and old-time music has changed from a dance … Continue reading

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