Bluegrass Review May 6, 2017-May 12, 2017 #1719

There is a steady stream of bluegrass treatments of country songs a generation and more old. We play a couple of gems from the current crop of bluegrass releases. On our Gem of Bluegrass, we muse over the evolution of the bluegrass-blues connection. It’s always been there in bluegrass music, but the connections differ today as compared to a generation ago. Later, we consider songs about kids. Old school songs about kids frequently place kids of victims of circumstances. But today, songs about kids are likely to be nostalgic, or simply describe what it is like to grow up.

Lost John Darrell Webb Band Lover’s Leap Mountain Fever

Recent Bluegrass Treatments of Classic Country Songs

Roly Poly Switched at Birth Labor of Love
A Poor Man’s Roses Monroe Crossing Plays Classic Country


(La Pont de la Moustache Bryan Sutton Aolmos Live Sugar Hill)

Gem of Bluegrass 1719: The Evolving Connection Between the Blues and Bluegrass

Song Artist CD label
Railroad Blues Sam McGee Old-Time Mountain Blues County
Honky Tonk Swing Bill Monroe 1940-1947 ASV
One Way Out Balsam Range Papertown Mountain Home
Marbletown Blue Highway Marbletown Rounder
Midnight Train to Memphis Direct from Nashville, TN The Steel Drivers


Funky Flatfoot Jim Hurst Trio JHT-1 NN Guido
Pick Me Up on Your Way Down Karl Shifflett & Big Country Show Sho-Nuff Country Patuxent


Recent Songs About Kids

Song Artist CD Label
Mommy Please Stay Home with Me Hazel Dickens and Alice Gerard Pioneering Women of Bluegrass Smithsonian Folkways
The Plaid Parade Annie Lou Grandma’s Rules for Drinkin’
Dream Softly Volume Five Voices Mountain Fever
She Saw Angels Jeanette Williams If I Could Stop the World Original Music Showcase
Between Me and Jolene 3 Fox Family Listen to the Music Koch
Fool’s Hill Gibson Bros In the Ground Rounder


(Gypsy Soul Deer Creek Boys What Goes Up Mountain Fever)
Bells of St Mary’s Rob Benzing Patuxent

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