Bluegrass Review Jan 21, 2017-Jan 27, 2017 #1704

Our program opens up with new bluegrass. Then, it’s our Gem of Bluegrass. Most Americans, whether or not they like bluegrass, have heard the tune Old Joe Clark. Because it is so well known by musicians, and because it is not that difficult, many have put their owns spins on the tune. We play a few, and the most recent by the Jim Hurst Trio, we play all the way through.  There’s an effective songwriting technique where the lyricist makes point by presenting related stories or related images, all in one song. We play a group of affecting songs that fit this pattern.

Recent Bluegrass

Song Artist CD Label
Baby You’re Gone Blue Mafia Hanging Tree Pinecastle
A Hard Life makes a Good Song Infamous Stringdusters Laws of Gravity Compass
(Bibb County Polka Frank Maloy, Paul Anastasio, Casey Driscoll & Friends Stop, Look & Listen Patuxent)

Gems of Bluegrass: Old Joe Clark Evolution

Song Artist CD Label
Old Joe Clark Mutt Poston 31 Fiddle Favorites Rural Rhythm
Old Joe Clark Bill Spence & Fenig’s All-Stars The Hammered Dulcimer Front Hall
Old Minor Old Joe Clark Gary Brewer Guitar Copper Creek
Old Joe Clark Brown, Sullivan & Company Magnum Banjos Sequatchie
New Joe Clark Second Generation Head Cleaner Rebel
Old Joe Clark Urban Renewal Bluegrass Playing in the Bands
Young Mr. Clark Jim Hurst Trio JHT-1


Song Artist CD Label
Cold Hearted Wind Claire Lynch North By South Compass


Lonesome Wind Blues Reno & Smiley Country Songs King

Songs Presenting Multiple Scenes

Halfway Home Café Ricky Skaggs History of the Future Skaggs Family
Soldiers, Lovers, and Dreamers Dale Ann Bradley Soldiers, Lovers, and Dreamers Pinecastle
Something About that Suitcase Balsam Range Mountain Voodoo Mountain Home
Dirt Roads Wayne Taylor
I’m Country and Nothing More Larry Sparks The Last Suit You Wear McCoury



(I Washed My Face in the Morning Dew Rebekah Long Here I Am Luk)
Train 45 JD Crowe Bluegrass Holiday Rebel

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