The Bluegrass Review

Series produced by Philip Nusbaum

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Bluegrass music's authoritative radio home.

The Bluegrass Review is a weekly 1-hour show which presents bluegrass music in a lively and informative format. Produced in two segments approximately 30 minutes apiece, each complete show is programmed in thematic bursts. For example the sample show #321 includes songs about hard work, guitarists who emphasize the bass end of the guitar's range in their soloing, and an interview with nationally-recognized autoharp player, Karen Mueller. The program includes frequent interviews and produced segments on topics that parallel concerns and interests of Bluegrass musicians and fans.

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Additional Files

360 Pieces

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Bluegrass to Be Thankful For. It is a show of listener requests of especially meaningful bluegrass, and listeners tell us why the songs are meaning...

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  • Added: Nov 16, 2011
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 10
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Early in the show, it’s songs of the Midwest. Few songs are written about the Midwest, but it’s definitely part of bluegrass country! The Gem of Bl...

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  • Added: Nov 06, 2011
  • Length: 59:01
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Sometimes, things don’t quite work aut as intended. That’s the case for the homeless men depicted in our first two songs today. Then, the Gem of Bl...

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  • Added: Nov 02, 2011
  • Length: 59:02
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Today’s show opens with a few redone classics, leading to the Gem of Bluegrass which displays different orientations to the blues. Later on the sho...

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  • Added: Oct 21, 2011
  • Length: 59:01
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Bluegrass is nothing if not realistic, and our first few selections are a case in point. Each is a modern love song, where the romance is wrapped a...

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  • Added: Oct 14, 2011
  • Length: 59:01
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Our program begins with some songs reflecting odd notions of the concept “justice.” The its time for the Gem of Bluegrass, which reflects on bluegr...

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  • Added: Oct 11, 2011
  • Length: 59:01
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We lead off with a couple of recent “coal” songs. Then, our Gem of Bluegrass focuses on a subtle change in bluegrass band approaches over the last ...

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  • Added: Oct 06, 2011
  • Length: 58:50
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Our show begins with songs about kids. In bluegrass there are a lot of tragic songs about kids, but this time we mix in a lot of cute and uplifting...

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  • Added: Sep 30, 2011
  • Length: 58:59
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This week, after a new Blue Highway song, we play a new bluegrass follow up song…it follows up Dolly Parton’s Jolene,” massive country hit from yea...

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  • Added: Sep 18, 2011
  • Length: 59:01
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The show opens up with a couple of new Bill Monroe tributes, including a Frank Wakefield interpretation of Monroe’s Bluegrass Stomp. Wakefield is a...

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  • Added: Sep 13, 2011
  • Length: 59:00
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1st of 2 fund raising editions for Fall 2011

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  • Added: Sep 13, 2011
  • Length: 38:46
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Program for Sept 17-23, 2011. The program starts with new bluegrass by Blue Highway. Then, two views of romance. One is full of excitement, the oth...

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  • Added: Sep 01, 2011
  • Length: 59:00
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Sept 13 is 100th anniversary of the birth of the father of bluegrass music, Bill Monroe’s. Today’s show tells of the great contributions of Monroe,...

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  • Added: Aug 29, 2011
  • Length: 58:50
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The program opens with recent bluegrass, including a brand new recording by April Verch, the Canadian fiddling virtuoso. With fall approaching, the...

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  • Added: Aug 24, 2011
  • Length: 59:01
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The program opens with some western songs we wish we’d had time to play earlier this summer. After that, our Gem of Bluegrass focuses on fiddling t...

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  • Added: Aug 15, 2011
  • Length: 59:02
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Program for July 30 - Aug 5, 2011 We open with a postscript on the western music / bluegrass connection we investigated a few shows back. It seems ...

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  • Added: Jul 28, 2011
  • Length: 59:02
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We open with songs about rounders, those mean to everybody individuals we are engaging in songs, but whom we would not like to meet in a dark alley...

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  • Added: Jul 25, 2011
  • Length: 59:01
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The opens by returning to one the underlying themes of bluegrass music: heavy burdens. Then, Lyle Loftgren and Adam Granger collaborate with host P...

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  • Added: Jul 25, 2011
  • Length: 59:00
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Program for July 30-Aug 5, 2011. We open with a popstscript on the western music / bluegrass connection we investigated a few shows back. It seems ...

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  • Added: Jul 15, 2011
  • Length: 59:00
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program for July 16-22, 2011. Songs about unusual people open this week's show. The person depicted in Shade Tree Mechanic lives in a world of car ...

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  • Added: Jun 30, 2011
  • Length: 59:00
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