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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Caption: Phil w/2013 Zeitfunk, Credit: Karen Van Norman
There always seems to be a trickle of songs about working, and we play 3 good ones at the beginning of the show. Our Gem of Bluegrass concerns blue...

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  • Added: Feb 04, 2016
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Phil w/2013 Zeitfunk, Credit: Karen Van Norman
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 b...

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  • Added: Feb 01, 2016
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Phil w/2013 Zeitfunk, Credit: Karen Van Norman
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 cult...

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  • Added: Jan 24, 2016
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Phil w/2013 Zeitfunk, Credit: Karen Van Norman
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 tri...

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  • Added: Jan 13, 2016
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Phil w/2013 Zeitfunk, Credit: Karen Van Norman
Early in the show we play some new recordings that reference the work of bluegrass founder Bill Monroe. On our Gem of Bluegrass, people sometimes c...

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  • Added: Dec 23, 2015
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Phil w/2013 Zeitfunk, Credit: Karen Van Norman
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 o...

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  • Added: Jan 04, 2016
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Phil w/2013 Zeitfunk, Credit: Karen Van Norman
The show opens with songs combining a couple of major bluegrass reference points: poverty and romance. The Gem of Bluegrass focuses on instrumental...

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  • Added: Dec 20, 2015
  • Length: 58:58
  • Purchases: 18
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On today's show, we focus on the bluegrass highlights of the previous year.

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  • Added: Dec 06, 2015
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Phil w/2013 Zeitfunk, Credit: Karen Van Norman
Early during the show, we compare a couple of songs where the guy doesn’t get the girl. Some bluegrass fans believe that bluegrass, or some bluegra...

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  • Added: Dec 06, 2015
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Phil w/2013 Zeitfunk, Credit: Karen Van Norman
As we get going we continue to feature new bluegrass music, including a release by rock/bluegrass synthesizer Sam Bush. Then the Gem of Bluegrass f...

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  • Added: Jun 26, 2016
  • Length: 58:59
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Caption: Phil w/2013 Zeitfunk, Credit: Karen Van Norman
It isn’t easy being on stage. A couple of songs at the show’s outset document this fact. Our Gem of Bluegrass poses the question “What if Bluegrass...

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  • Added: Nov 18, 2015
  • Length: 58:59
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Caption: Phil w/2013 Zeitfunk, Credit: Karen Van Norman
Examples of the British – Bluegrass connection keep on coming, so we keep on playing them. The Gem of Bluegrass is about the guitar in bluegrass. T...

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  • Added: Nov 17, 2015
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Phil w/2013 Zeitfunk, Credit: Karen Van Norman
After opening with new bluegrass by Bradford lee Folk, the program plays some trains songs that give us more than the power of a train as a metapho...

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  • Added: Nov 11, 2015
  • Length: 59:00
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We present a couple of bluegrass songs, one old and one new, where Fall represents the ending of relationships. The Gem of Bluegrass reflects blueg...

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  • Added: Nov 05, 2015
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Phil w/2013 Zeitfunk, Credit: Karen Van Norman
Because the show has presented a good deal of old-time music lately, we play a couple of fiddle tune recordings, one old and one recent, that are p...

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  • Added: Oct 31, 2015
  • Length: 59:30
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Caption: Phil w/2013 Zeitfunk, Credit: Karen Van Norman
Early in the show today, we play recent bluegrass songs concerning alcohol. Unlike old songs which moralize against the use of alcohol, these more ...

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  • Added: Oct 23, 2015
  • Length: 59:29
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Caption: Philip Nusbaum w/ 2012 Zeitfunk           , Credit: Karen Van Norman
Because we have in house some intriguing new CDs, we open the show with them. The Gem of Bluegrass focuses on the musical mood of “bluegrass loneso...

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  • Added: Oct 16, 2015
  • Length: 59:30
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Caption: Philip Nusbaum , Credit: Karen Van Norman
We begin with a couple of songs about farm sales. These are taking place because the family farmers depicted are not able to compete in the agricul...

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  • Added: Oct 07, 2015
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Phil w/2013 Zeitfunk, Credit: Karen Van Norman
Our show opens with recent bluegrass. Then, the Gem of Bluegrass feature focuses on the songwriter with perhaps the greatest influence of any in th...

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  • Added: Sep 21, 2015
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Philip Nusbaum w/ 2012 Zeitfunk , Credit: Karen Van Norman
We open today with a couple of truckin’ songs not heard previously. Then it’s a couple of songs about dogs. The first is a recent recording by Big ...

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  • Added: Sep 16, 2015
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 18