Bluegrass Review April 22 – 29 2011 (#1117)

We’re taking advantage of the recent uptick in new releases by playing them. Then on our Gem of Bluegrass, listeners usually focus on the singing and solos during a bluegrass band performance, not rhythm of a bluegrass band. But the rhythm a band plays is oh so important. Today’s Gem explores bluegrass rhythm. We play a couple of recent songs that reflect the Dust Bowl experience. Later, we talk to Kristin Scott Benson, banjoist for the Grascals, and she plays some of her originals for us.

Label Artist CD Song
Rounder Larry Sparks Almost Home Blue Mountain Melody
(Compass Gibson Bros Help My Brother Talk to Me)
Niall Toner Band There’s a Better Way There’s a Better Way
Various, River Boy New Cuts of Bluegrass v. 1 Caroline

Gems of Bluegrass 1117 – Evolving Bluegrass Rhythm

Label Artist CD Song
Rebel JD Crowe Bluegrass Holiday Train 45
Rounder Bobby Hicks Fiddle Patch Estrellita
Rebel JD Crowe Bluegrass Holiday Philadelphia Lawyer
Bear Family Flatt & Scruggs 1948 – 1959 I’m Head Over Heels in Love
Nu-Blu Nights How Do I Move On
Rounder Blue Highway Through the Window of a Train Just Another Gravel in the Road

Dust Bowl Bluegrass

Label Artist CD Song
Folkways Woody Guthrie Hard Travelin’
Rounder Alison Krauss & Union Station Paper Airplane Dust Bowl Children
Rural Rhythm Blue Moon Rising Strange New World The Dust Bowl

Break

Label Artist CD Song
Rounder Grascals Famous Lefty Flynn’s Last Train to Clarsksville

Kristin Scott Benson interview

Label Artist CD Song
Kristin Scott Benson interview Freedom Park
Kristin Scott Benson interview Far Enough Away
Kristin Scott Benson interview Don’t Tread on Me
(Pinecastle Kristin Scott Benson Second Season Trying Times)
Label Artist CD Song
Rounder Charlie Sizemore Heartache Lookin’ for a Home Walkin’ the Floor Over Me
Pinecastle Osborne Bros Ernest Tubb Song Folio v. 1 Walkin’ the Floor Over You
Pinecastle Eddie Adcock Renaissance Man Banjo Signal

Contact Phil Nusbaum: www.bluegrassreview.com
Contact Kristin Scott Benson at www.myspace.com/kristinscottbenson or at www.grascals.com

Hoffman Guitars: www.hoffmanguitars.com (hand crafted Hoffman guitars, authorized Martin repairs)
Minnesota Bluegrass & Old Time Music Association, www.minnesotabluegrass.org (a membership organization supporting bluegrass festivals, concerts, membership jams and other activities)
John Waddle Violins: www.waddleviolins.com (Dealer of international & domestic, new & old violins, bows, cases)
Guitar Rodeowww.guitarrodeo.com (Dealer specializing in Taylor, R Taylor, and Santa Cruz.Guitars. Guitar Rodeo ships to all continents.)
Bluegrass Americana Family Nights: www.bluegrassamericanaweekend.com (a series of free bluegrass shows at Celt’s in Rosemount, 14506 S Robert Trail, Rosemount, every other Thursdy night this winter)

Label Artist CD Song
Rounder Larry Sparks Almost Home Blue Mountain Melody
(Compass Gibson Bros Help My Brother Talk to Me)
Niall Toner Band There’s a Better Way There’s a Better Way
Various, River Boy New Cuts of Bluegrass v. 1 Caroline
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