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Bluegrass Review Sept 16, 2017-Sept 22, 2017 #1738

The Broadcast begins with recent bluegrass. Then, the Gem of Bluegrass focuses on how playing the melody serves to ground performance. Later we talk to josh Corrigan, who plays with the Dirty River Ramblers out of Omaha. Josh plays some … Continue reading

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Bluegrass Review Sept 16, 2017-Sept 22, 2017 (second hour) #1638

The Bluegrass Review opens with a couple of songs instructing on the dangers of forgetting where one comes from. Later on the Gem of Bluegrass, we comment on the importance of the lyrics in a bluegrass songs. They sometimes convey … Continue reading

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Bluegrass Review Sept 9, 2017-Sept 15, 2017 (second hour) #1637

We begin today with recent bluegrass, including a couple of artists who enjoy re-doing Flatt and Scruggs songs from a half century or more ago. Our Gem of Bluegrass treats what is known as the wall of sound, and shows … Continue reading

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Bluegrass Review Sept 9, 2017-Sept 15, 2017 #1737

After a new piece of bluegrass, we play a couple of nostalgia songs; both bittersweet because while the places in memory are still around, the people remembered are not. The Gem of Bluegrass revisits an old bluegrass concern: murder ballads. … Continue reading

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Bluegrass Review Sept 2, 2017-Sept 8, 2017 #1736

Early in the show, we contrast two impulses in creating instrumental music: One is steadfastly retro, the other pushing back the limits. Out Gem of Bluegrass is called “Let’s Hear it for the Working Man.” The show follows up the … Continue reading

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Bluegrass Review Sept 2, 2017-Sept 8, 2017 (second hour) #1636

At the top of the show, we play cuts from two new banjo albums. Both tracks feature the banjo on vocal numbers, and not instrumentals. Bluegrass has its songs born in fantasy, but there is also a lot that is … Continue reading

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Bluegrass Review Aug 26, 2017-Sept 1, 2017 (second hour) #1635

Our show opens with recent songs of desperate men, and focusing on train robbery and the famed gunfight at the O.K. Corral. Later, we consider the phenomenon of the cover record and what it means for bluegrass. As we are … Continue reading

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Bluegrass Review Aug 26, 2017-Sept 1, 2017 #1735

The broadcast opens up with a couple of pieces that depict or embody the musical values of old-time fiddle players. Then comes an instrumental by the Infamous Stringdusters that will give instrumentalists something to think about. Later on the broadcast, … Continue reading

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Bluegrass Review Aug 19, 2017-Aug 25, 2017 #1734

We open with a piece of new bluegrass. Them we present contrasting songs that feature memories. There are a lot of songs that depict memories of a sweetheart who is someone else’s sweetheart now. But more recent songs might remember … Continue reading

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Bluegrass Review Aug 19, 2017-Aug 25, 2017 (second hour) #1634

After some great current bluegrass by the Trinity River Band, we play a few bluegrass songs where the departed have not completely departed. The Gem of Bluegrass concerns the cultural inheritance bluegrass singers have derived from the old ballad singers. … Continue reading

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