Bluegrass Review Sept 30, 2017-Oct 6, 2017 (second hour) #1640

The blues plays a large role in the bluegrass style. There are many ways to use the blues, from the blues tonality to creating song segments that reflect blues playing. We play a few examples of songs where listeners really feel the influence of blues style. On the Gem of Bluegrass, we survey a few of the differences in musical values separating most bluegrass and most pop. Finally, we talk to mark Kreitzer about avoiding formulas in writing songs.

Weaving The Blues Into Bluegrass

Song Artist CD Label
Time Jim and Lynna Woolsay Heart and Soul, Blood and Bone
Down Around Clarksdale Randy Kohrs Quicksand Rural Rhythm


Up on Claybank Claybank Playing Hard to Forget Rural Rhythm

Gem of Bluegrass 1640: Differing Musical Values Between Bluegrass and Pop

Doin’ My Time Flatt & Scruggs 1949 – 1958 Bear Family
Miller’s Cave Lilly Bros Have a Feast Here Tonight Prestige
I’ll Just Pretend Flatt & Scruggs 1949 – 1958 Bear Family
All the Things You Are The Quintet Jazz at Massey hall Original Jazz Classics
Zoom Zoom Zoom Various, the Collegians Original Oldies v. 2 Springboard lp
Begin the Beguine Various, Sheryl Crow De-Lovely soundtrack Columbia
Swingin’ a Nine Pound Hammer Mac Martin & the Dixie Travelers 24 Bluegrass Favorites Rural Rhythm


Take Me Away Sawtooth Bros One More Flight
I Saw Your Face in the Moon Mac Wiseman Sings Old Time Country Favorites Rural Rhythm


Song Artist CD Label
Never More Will Roam Joe Walsh Borderland Skinny Elephant

Interview about songwriting with Mark Kreitzer

Radio and the Pale Moonlight Mark Kreitzer interview
She Won’t Have Me Mark Kreitzer interview
Put the Baby Down Mark Kreitzer interview


Green Green Grass of Home Country Gentlemen Early Rebel Recordings Rebel

New Recordings of Coal Songs

Dark as a Dungeon Mickey Galyean & Cullen’s Grass My Daddy’s Grass Rebel)
Empty Old Coal Town Clay Hess Band 1 Kang
Cruisin’ Timber Urban Renewal Bluegrass

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