Bluegrass Review June 3, 2017-June 9, 2017 #1723

Bluegrass songwriters have long thought and wrote about old family homes. But it is fare from a complete nostalgia trip, as many of the songs lament the separation from family and sadness at finding that family eventually leaves home places and the places fall into disrepair. We play a set of these songs referencing these issues. The Gem of Bluegrass shines a light on an interesting type of songwriting, writing from the point of view of an object of type of experience. Later, we present three sets of songs that reflect bluegrass evolution.

Memories of Home

Bittersweet Memories of Home Sideline Colors and Contrasts Mountain Fever
Old Forgotten Home Flashback Foxhounds and Fiddles Pinecastle
Then Fields Have Turned Brown Stanley Bros Too Late to Cry Catfish

Gem of Bluegrass 1723: Gem of Bluegrass: unusual personifications

Song Artist CD label
Hello Lonely Del McCoury Family Circle MCM
Come and Get these Memories Delia Bell & Bill Grant Bluegrass Yesterday & Today Old Homestead
Loneliness JD Crowe Lefty’s Old Guitar Rounder
I’m a Lie Larry Cordle Took Down & Put Up Lonesome Day


Hello My Name is Coal Larry Cordle Pud Marcum’s Hangin’ Mighty Cord
(Flathead Graminy Germinations )
Sockeye Rob Benzing Patuxent


Catharsis Andrew Vogts Sasquatch With an Alien on its Head Patuxent

Bluegrass Evolutions: Lost John

Song Artist CD Label
Lost John Burnett and Rutherford Ramblin’ Reckless Hobo Rounder
Lost John Doc Watson Trouble in Mind Sugar Hill
Lost John Darrell Webb Band Lover’s Leap Mountain Fever

Bluegrass Evolutions: Wild Horses


Wild Horses Rolling Stones Hot Rocks London
Wild Horses Old & In the Way Breakdown Acoustic  Disc

Bluegrass Evolutions: Gonna Lay Down My Old Guitar


Gonna Lay Down My Old Guitar Delmore Bros Brown’s Ferry Blues County
Gonna Lay Down My Old Guitar Russell Moore and IIIrd Tyme Out Prime Tyme Rural Rhythm
Chasing Lightning Bugs Gold Heart My Sisters and me Rural Rhythm
(Let’s Live for Tonight Don Reno & Red Smiley 16 Greatest hits Hollywood)
Reno Ride Don Reno & Red Smiley 16 Greatest hits Hollywood

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