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Bluegrass Review Feb 17, 2017-Feb 24, 2017 (second hour) #1608

Laurie Lewis’ new Cd pays tribute to Hazel Dickens and Alice Gerard. One of the Hazel and Alice themes was singing traditional songs. We play one by Laurie, and one by Hazel and Alice. Bluegrass Music owes a lot to … Continue reading

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Bluegrass Review Feb 17, 2017-Feb 24, 2017 #1708

There always seems to be a trickle of songs about coal being written, and early in the show, we play a few. Our Gem of Bluegrass references the evolution of old time music. Later, we reflect on the Stanley Brothers, … Continue reading

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Bluegrass Review Feb 11, 2017-Feb 17, 2017 (second hour) #1607

The murder ballad, where a demented male lover for no known reason, kills his sweetheart has cast a long shadow in bluegrass music, and in our culture. Take the first two songs on our show today. Both are set on … Continue reading

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Bluegrass Review Feb 11, 2017-Feb 17, 2017 #1707

Over the course of bluegrass and old-time music history, there is a strain of songs about strong drink. Recently, there have been some songs about alcohol that describe how alcohol plays in people’s lives. These songs neither celebrate alcohol nor … Continue reading

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Bluegrass Review Feb 4, 2017-Feb 10, 2017 #1706

We open with a couple of songs about hard work. In the first, the singer wishes he could get away from it. In the second, the prospect of always having to do hard work convinces a kid to do better … Continue reading

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Bluegrass Review Feb 4, 2017-Feb 10, 2017 (second hour) #1606

Early on the show today, we acknowledge that bluegrass specializes in all kinds of “unhappy” including breakups. We play a couple of stylistically contrasting treatments of periods where the singer expects a breakup to occur. On the Gem of Bluegrass, … Continue reading

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Bluegrass Review Jan 28, 2017-Feb 3, 2017 (second hour) #1605

The show leads off with recent bluegrass by Danny Paisley. The Carter Family’s influence is so great that over time there have been a number of tribute projects, including those by Flatt and Scruggs and Ralph Stanley. We play selections … Continue reading

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Bluegrass Review Jan 28, 2017-Feb 3, 2017 #1705

There are plenty of songs about coal, and plenty of them about guns. But there are not many sung from the point of view or either, and that is how we begin our show. Later, the Gem of Bluegrass presents … Continue reading

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Bluegrass Review Jan 21, 2017-Jan 27, 2017 #1704

Our program opens up with new bluegrass. Then, it’s our Gem of Bluegrass. Most Americans, whether or not they like bluegrass, have heard the tune Old Joe Clark. Because it is so well known by musicians, and because it is … Continue reading

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Bluegrass Review Jan 21, 2017-Jan 27, 2017 (second hour) #1604

Early on today, we play a couple of songs about the breakup dance. In one, the singer has a feeling that the relationship is about to end. In the other, it’s already ended. On the Gem of Bluegrass, we track … Continue reading

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