Bluegrass Review Nov 11, 2017-Nov 17, 2017 #1746

Realizing that there are a few more “sunny side” side songs to play, we do this that towards the beginning of the show. On our Gem of Bluegrass, we survey how bluegrass and old-time music has changed from a dance form to a concert form. Later, we present a musical conversation with Iowa City fiddler Al Murphy. Al, 70, plays tunes associated with Otto McCrea. Al learned the tunes directly from Otto, who learned them from his father. Finally, we spin a couple of songs depicting singers confronting the blues for the first time.

Drivin’ It Home Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver Life is a Story Mountain Home

Sunny Side Overflow

Song Artist CD Label
Sun’s Gonna Shine in My Back Door Some Day Lost & Found Across the Blue Ridge Mountains Rebel
Keep on the Sunny Side Carter Family 1927-1934 JSP


(Lemon Lime Railsplitters Jump In )

Gems 1746 A Dance Form to a Concert Form

Song Artist CD Label
Greenleaf Breakdown Kirk Brandenberger Fiddler on the Hoof
Forked Deer New Lost City Ramblers v. 1 Folkways
Foggy Mountain Breakdown Flatt & Scruggs Mountain Breakdown Primo
I’m Better Of Now That You’re Gone Various The Stanley Tradition: Tribute to a Bluegrass Legacy Doobie Shea
Paulina Waltz Various, Malek’s Fisherman Orchestra Old Tyme Favorites vol II
Teach Your Children Country Gentlemen Early Rebel Recordings Rebel


Song Artist CD Label
Sometimes What Glitters is Gold Thomm Jutz Crazy if You Let it Mountain Fever
Everything That Glitters (Is Not Gold) Dede Wyland Keep the Light On Patuxent


By the Look of It Fireside Collective Life Between the Lines

Al Murphy Plays Tunes Learned from Otis McCrea

Marching Down Broadway Al Murphy Hogs in the Cornfield
Woodland Whispers Al Murphy Hogs in the Cornfield
Steamboat Quickstep Al Murphy Hogs in the Cornfield

Education in Blue

Joe Newberry and April Verch Going Home Slab Town
(Learnin’ the Blues Del McCoury Band Del and the Boys MCM)


Wickwire Mile Twelve Onwards Delores the Taurus


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