Bluegrass Review Oct 7, 2017-Oct 13, 2017 #1741

After a couple of pieces of new Bluegrass, we play some recent pieces that could be considered pessimistic or optimistic. Then, the Gem of Bluegrass considers the effect of the banjo on other bluegrass instruments. You might even think that bluegrass represents a “banjofied” string band. Later on the broadcast, we present images of California in bluegrass songs, and finally a couple of songs that reflect Vern and Ray, Arkansas natives who emigrated west and are known as California Bluegrass pioneers.

Song Artist CD Label
Run Away Rebekah Long Run Away Luk
(La Puerta del Diablo Gina Clowes True Colors Mountain Home)


Is It Optimistic or Pessimistic?

Where Do You Go Flatt Lonesome Silence in These Walls Mountain Home
Guitar Case Doyle Lawson Life is a Story Mountain Home

Gems 1741 Bluegrass as a Banjofied String Band

Song Artist CD Label
Bluegrass Breakdown Bill Monroe 1940-1947 ASV
I Don’t Love Nobody Don Reno & Red Smiley Strictly Instrumental Rural Rhythm
Tater Patch Bryan Sutton Ready to Go Rounder
Groundhog / Red River Valley Stanley Bros Complete Starday and King Instrumentals King
Gosh I Miss You All the Time Jim and Jesse Old Dominion Masters Pinecastle

The Guitar’s Influence on the Banjo

Silver Bells Jim Lloyd Play Guitar in 7 Days or Your Money Back
Heartaches Country Gentlemen Folk Session Inside Copper Creek


Texas Picnic Warren Helton Play Me Something Quick and Devilish Voyager


Dreams of California Fireside Collective Life Between the Lines
Do-Re-Mi Woody Guthrie American Radical Patriot Rounder
California Cottonfields Art Stevenson and High Water Twilight Wolf Tracks


Sweet Fern Vern and Ray San Francisco 1968 Arhoolie
Cabin on a Mountain


Laurie Lewis and Kathy Kallick Sing the Songs of Vern & Ray Spruce and Maple
(Blues for Bill Michael Cleveland Fiddler’s Dream Compass)
Streets of Bakersfield Josh Williams Down Home Rounder
Henryville Michael Cleveland Fiddler’s Dream Compass

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