Bluegrass Review April 29, 2017-May 5, 2017 #1718

In bluegrass songs, bad things seem to happen to marginal people in marginal places. We comment on that characteristic during the Gem of Bluegrass. Later, we talk to banjo tunesmith Darren Blyth. He plays with the Southpaw Bluegrass Band in Omaha, and he talks about how he comes up with original music. Later, we play an instance of how a Bob Dylan song may have led to a new song by Jordan Tice.

Always on the Move Darrell Webb Band Lover’s Leap Mountain Fever

Water’s Rising

Calamity Tellico Relics and Roses
(Water’s Rising Widow Maker )

Gem of Bluegrass 1718: Marginal Places, Marginal People

Song Artist CD label
Pretty Polly Stanley Bros Too Late to Cry Rebel
One Morning in May Country Gentlemen Complete Vanguard Recordings Catfish
Gypsy Davy Various, Woody Guthrie A Treasury of Library of Congress Field Recordings Vanguard
The Girl at the Crossroads Bar Larry Sparks Classic Bluegrass Rounder


The Drunkard’s Lantern John Reischman & the Jaybirds Stellar Jays Corvus
The Fields Have Turned Brown Stanley Bros Too Late to Cry Catfish


Song Artist CD Label
Festival Waltz Kenny Baker Master Fiddler County
Never Slow this Train Southpaw Bluegrass Band Sower

Interview with Darren Blyth

Song Artist CD Label
Rhubarb Breakdown Interview with Darren Blythe
Marble Point Fire 


Interview with Darren Blythe
Inver Cargill Interview with Darren Blythe


Maggie’s Farm Tim O’Brien Red On Blonde Sugar Hill
Poor Me Jordan Tice Horse County Patuxent


Old Country Front Country Sake of the Sound
(Rock Hearts Larry Sparks Lonesome and Blue Rebel)
Garrison Creek Annie Lou Tried and True

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