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Bluegrass Review Nov 4- Nov 10, 2017 (second hour) #1645

After an HDS (hard-driving song) to open the show, we play three examples of the Unfortunate Rake song cycle, where, before death, the protagonist laments a life of too much fun. The Gem of Bluegrass recounts some of the highlights … Continue reading

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Bluegrass Review Nov 4, 2017-Nov 10, 2017 #1745

Today’s Gem of Bluegrass focuses on the evolution of bluegrass banjo playing. Later on the show, we talk to Josh Krohn, singer, player and songwriter from Omaha. He writes on some unusual topics and sings and plays some of his … Continue reading

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Bluegrass Review Oct 28, 2017-Nov 3, 2017 #1744

The show opens with a pair of almost identical titles. Then it is on to the Gem of Bluegrass where we present the evolution of the song “There is a Time.” Every once in a while, a bluegrass groups sings … Continue reading

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Bluegrass Review Oct 28, 2017-Nov 3, 2017 (second hour) #1644

So many bluegrass songs are about relations, including functional and dysfunctional. We contrast different kinds of relationships in a couple of different songs. Then we take another look at what Autumn signifies in bluegrass songs. Then, it gets a little … Continue reading

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Bluegrass Review Oct 21, 2017-Oct 27, 2017 (second hour) #1643

Old songs about driving trucks frequently center on the power of trucks and the long drives. More recent ones also focus on the relationships connected to truck driving. We play a couple of recent ones. The Gem of Bluegrass depicts … Continue reading

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Bluegrass Review Oct 21, 2017-Oct 27, 2017 #1743

Towards the beginning of the show, we present a couple of broken hearted melodies; one recent and the other from 1-20 years ago. On the Gem of Bluegrass, we discuss the evolution of the Bill Monroe song “Body and Soul.” … Continue reading

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Bluegrass Review Oct 14, 2017-Oct 20, 2017 #1742

You might know that there is a lot of misery in personal relationships depicted in bluegrass songs. But that is not so in the Rebekah long and Donna Ulisse songs that open our show. Both of these singers and songwriters … Continue reading

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Bluegrass Review Oct 14, 2017-Oct 20, 2017 (second hour) #1642

Losing one’s way somehow in life is a frequent topic in bluegrass songs. But how this topic is handled differs from period to period. We listen to a 1950’s Stanley Bros song and a current Sierra Hull song about losing … Continue reading

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Bluegrass Review Oct 7, 2017-Oct 13, 2017 #1741

After a couple of pieces of new Bluegrass, we play some recent pieces that could be considered pessimistic or optimistic. Then, the Gem of Bluegrass considers the effect of the banjo on other bluegrass instruments. You might even think that … Continue reading

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Bluegrass Review Oct 7, 2017-Oct 13, 2017 (second hour) #1641

There are lots of songs about trains, and at least two with the name Old Train. We spin them. We focus on a new tune by Grascals banjoist Kristin Scott Benson, and her inspiration for it. On the Gem of … Continue reading

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