Bluegrass Review April 30-May 6, 2011 (second hour) # 1018

We feature recent bluegrass at the beginning of the show, including a cut from the new album by the Grascals. Then, our Gems of Bluegrass segment treats the connection between ragtime and bluegrass music. Then, it’s happy – sounding sad songs. Many of the old songs about prison fit the description of a happy – sounding sad song. Then, we contrast that type of song with a current prison song, which features unhappy lyrics as well as music that is unhappy. We talk to progressive banjo stylist, Brian Ford of Duluth, MN. Brian plays with a group called the Fish Heads, and we hear some of Brian’s original compositions, and a recording of the Fish Heads doing a Beatles song.

Label Artist CD Song
Rounder Grascals The Famous Lefty Flynn’s Everytime
Patuxent Patuxent Partners Seven or Eleven South to Old Mexico
Yodel – Ay – Hee Big Medicine Fever in the South The Love and Polly and Jack Monroe

Gem of Bluegrass: The Bluegrass – Ragtime Connection

Label Artist CD Song
County Eck Robertson 1922-19301922-1930 Ragtime Annie
Music for Little People Ric Luchard Ragtime Stomp The Entertainer
Hilltop Jesse McReynolds Mandolin Workshop Dill Pickle Rag
Epic lp Jim & Jesse Bluegrass Classics Stony Creek
Bear Family Flatt & Scruggs 1948-1959 Randy Lynn Rag

Happy Sounding Sad Songs – Prison

Label Artist CD Song
Bear Family Bill Monroe 1950 – 1958 Prisoner’s Song
Rural Rhythm Hylo Brown 20 Old Time Favorites Prisoner’s Dream
Rounder Del McCoury Band Cold Hard Facts Blackjack County Chains

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Label Artist CD Song
BMA lp DW Griffiths Workingman’s Banjo Salt Creek

Brian Ford interview

Label Artist CD Song
Brian Ford interview Arachnophobia
Brian Ford interview Steelhead Run
Brian Ford interview Simplicity
Label Artist CD Song
The Fish Heads Come Together
SoundArt Nashville Mandolin Ensemble Bach Beatles Bluegrass Here There Everywhere
Prestige Lilly Bros The Prestige / Folklore Years Miller’s Cave
Prestige Lilly Bros The Prestige / Folklore Years Bluegrass Breakdown

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