Bluegrass Review June 17, 2017-June 23, 2017 #1725

The program opens with a couple of songs where mistaken identity plays. The Gem of Bluegrass adds some ideas to the current ferment about bluegrass evolution. Later, we talk to Gordon Castelnero and David L. Russell, authors of Earl Scruggs: Banjo Icon. This week, our conversation focuses on Earl’s early career.

Mistaken Identity

She Looked a Lot Like You Tom Ewing Adventures of a Blue Grass Boy Patuxent
James King What Ever Became of Julie Bluegrass Storyteller Rounder

Gem of Bluegrass 1725: Bluegrass Modernity

Song Artist CD label
Down in the Hollow Leftover Salmon   Compendia
On the Boulevard New Grass Revival On the Boulevard Sugar Hill
Desolation Row Bob Dylan Highway 61 Revisited Columbia
Compass Sierra Hull Weighted Mind Rounder
Rock Salt and Nails Front Country Sake of the Sound  
Hard Times NewTown Harlan Road Mountain Home
One More Flight Sawtooth Brothers One More Flight  


Black Flowers Claire Lynch North by South Compass
Eyes Brand New Zoe & Cloyd Eyes Brand New  
(The Pig and the Devil’s Eye Andrew Vogts Sasquatch with an Alien on its Head Patuxent)


Earl’s Court Ned Lubrecki Take Five

Gordon Castlenero and David L. Russell Talk About Earl Scruggs

Song Artist CD Label
Reuben Flatt & Scruggs At Carnegie Hall Koch
Bluegrass Breakdown Bill Monroe & the Bluegrass Boys 1940-1947 ASV


Ballad of Jed Clampett Flatt & Scruggs At Carnegie Hall Koch

Road Songs

Always on the Move Darrell Webb Band Lover’s Leap Mountain Fever
(Highway Eric and Leigh Gibson Highway Rounder)
B-Flat Medley Ned Lubrecki Take Five  

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Contact authors of Earl Scruggs: Banjo Icon Gordon, Gordon Castelnero and David L. Russell (Guilford, CT: Rowman & Littlefield) at Gordon’s email address,

Phil Nusbaum’s CD The Dark Before the Storm is available at

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