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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360 Pieces

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Caption: Phil w/2013 Zeitfunk, Credit: Karen Van Norman
We all know how popular train songs are in bluegrass. We open the show with a couple that feature trains cutting through the landscape, and the sec...

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  • Added: Nov 05, 2016
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 16
Caption: Phil w/2013 Zeitfunk, Credit: Karen Van Norman
After an HDS (hard-driving song) to open the show, we play three examples of the Unfortunate Rake song cycle, where, before death, the protagonist ...

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  • Added: Oct 17, 2016
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 18
Caption: Phil w/2013 Zeitfunk, Credit: Karen Van Norman
So many bluegrass songs are about relations, including functional and dysfunctional. We contrast different kinds of relationships in a couple of di...

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  • Added: Oct 17, 2016
  • Length: 58:58
  • Purchases: 17
Caption: Phil w/2013 Zeitfunk, Credit: Karen Van Norman
Old songs about driving trucks frequently center on the power of trucks and the long drives. More recent ones also focus on the relationships conne...

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  • Added: Oct 07, 2016
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 16
Caption: Phil w/2013 Zeitfunk, Credit: Karen Van Norman
Losing one’s way somehow in life is a frequent topic in bluegrass songs. But how this topic is handled differs from period to period. We listen to ...

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  • Added: Sep 24, 2016
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 17
Caption: Phil w/2013 Zeitfunk, Credit: Karen Van Norman
There are lots of songs about trains, and at least two with the name Old Train. We spin them. We focus on a new tune by Grascals banjoist Kristin S...

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  • Added: Sep 24, 2016
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 17
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Fall 2016 Fund Raising Edition II; about 40 minutes of programming

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  • Added: Sep 17, 2016
  • Length: 37:42
  • Purchases: 1
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Fall 2016 Fund Raising Edition I. about 40 minutes in length.

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  • Added: Sep 17, 2016
  • Length: 38:55
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Phil w/2013 Zeitfunk, Credit: Karen Van Norman
The blues plays a large role in the bluegrass style. There are many ways to use the blues, from the blues tonality to creating song segments that r...

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  • Added: Sep 17, 2016
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 16
Caption: Phil w/2013 Zeitfunk, Credit: Karen Van Norman
Sweet 16. It should be joyous to be sweet 16. But in bluegrass, it can be not-so-sweet 16. We play a few examples, and then an old and frivolous so...

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  • Added: Sep 20, 2016
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 11
Caption: Phil w/2013 Zeitfunk, Credit: Karen Van Norman
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 ...

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  • Added: Sep 05, 2016
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 15
Caption: Phil w/2013 Zeitfunk, Credit: Karen Van Norman
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...

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  • Added: Aug 20, 2016
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 16
Caption: Phil w/2013 Zeitfunk, Credit: Karen Van Norman
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 ha...

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  • Added: Aug 18, 2016
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 15
Caption: Phil w/2013 Zeitfunk, Credit: Karen Van Norman
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 ...

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  • Added: Aug 18, 2016
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 15
Caption: Phil w/2013 Zeitfunk, Credit: Karen Van Norman
After some great current bluegrass by the Trinity River Band, we play a few bluegrass songs where the departed have not completely departed. The Ge...

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  • Added: Aug 06, 2016
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 16
Caption: Phil w/2013 Zeitfunk, Credit: Karen Van Norman
On today’s show we continue playing some excellent recent bluegrass. We have new work to play by fiddle virtuoso Mark O’Connor. As usual, we presen...

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  • Added: Jul 21, 2016
  • Length: 58:58
  • Purchases: 18
Caption: Phil w/2013 Zeitfunk, Credit: Karen Van Norman
We break out with new bluegrass, then proceed to play two related songs, one old and one new, but both grim: They reference short lives of trouble....

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  • Added: Jul 15, 2016
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 16
Caption: Phil w/2013 Zeitfunk, Credit: Karen Van Norman
Shortly after the show opens, we play songs related to various types of towns. Later, we feature Frank Wakefield on the Gem of Bluegrass. Frank is ...

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  • Added: Jul 12, 2016
  • Length: 59:02
  • Purchases: 17
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Suddenly there is a group of new bluegrass recordings to play, so we spin some of the finest of the new crop. Bluegrass music has a singular niche ...

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  • Added: Jun 16, 2016
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 15
Caption: Phil w/2013 Zeitfunk, Credit: Karen Van Norman
Interesting new bluegrass on today’s show, including the show’s opening track by Sister Sadie. But later, we go old-school with something by bluegr...

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  • Added: May 19, 2016
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 17