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Bluegrass Review July 8, 2017-July 14, 2017 (second hour) #1628

We open by continuing to showcase what’s new in bluegrass. On the Gem of Bluegrass, we comment on the imprint of summer on Bluegrass music. It’s the signature season of bluegrass, though there is nowhere near the number of songs … Continue reading

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Bluegrass Review July 8, 2017-July 14, 2017 #1728

The show opens with songs about love, and the majority are happy ones. If you know bluegrass, you know that’s not the normal ratio. The Gem of Bluegrass highlights twin instruments, such as when two fiddles or banjos play at … Continue reading

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Bluegrass Review July 1, 2017-July 7, 2017 (second hour) #1627

Suddenly there is a group of new bluegrass recordings to play, so we spin some of the finest of the new crop. Bluegrass music has a singular niche in the music world. But distinctive as bluegrass may sound, it comes … Continue reading

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Bluegrass Review July 1, 2017-July 7, 2017 #1727

The show opens with new bluegrass from the record labels. Then, our Gem of Bluegrass treats the connections between bluegrass and America. The greatest connections are not in song lyrics, but in the vlues-driven backstories. Bluegrass and old-time music receive … Continue reading

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Bluegrass Review June 24, 2017-June 30, 2017 #1726

Cold. In Bluegrass, the word frequently refers to emotion, not the temperature. We open with a few “cold” songs from different eras of the music. On the Gem of Bluegrass, we investigate what is traditional about bluegrass. (Hint: it has … Continue reading

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Bluegrass Review June 24, 2017-June 30, 2017 (second hour) #1626

Interesting new bluegrass on today’s show, including the show’s opening track by Sister Sadie. But later, we go old-school with something by bluegrass vets Frank Wakefield and Leon Morris. We play a couple of songs that celebrate gardens and gardening. … Continue reading

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Bluegrass Review June 17, 2017-June 23, 2017 #1725

The program opens with a couple of songs where mistaken identity plays. The Gem of Bluegrass adds some ideas to the current ferment about bluegrass evolution. Later, we talk to Gordon Castelnero and David L. Russell, authors of Earl Scruggs: … Continue reading

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Bluegrass Review June 17, 2017-June 23, 2017 (second hour) #1625

After we open the show with high lonesome singer Bradford Lee Folk, we note a couple of lines of influence. First, the influence Dock Boggs had on Mike Seeger. Mike used Dock’s style to interpret a song written by Bob … Continue reading

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Bluegrass Review June 10, 2017-June, 16, 2017 (second hour) #1624

April Verch put one of the unconventional songs of the late John Harford on her current CD. That was all the inspiration we needed to put on a song by former Hartford bandmates, and a couple involving John Hartford himself. … Continue reading

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Bluegrass Review June 10, 2017-June, 16, 2017 #1724

A couple of love songs that are a little out of the ordinary begins our broadcast. Then the Gem of Bluegrass considers drums in bluegrass. Because the original bluegrass had no drums, if there were a legal entity governing bluegrass, … Continue reading

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