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
The show today begins with songs between the generations. There is one where a younger person addresses an older one, and where an older once addre...

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  • Added: Mar 26, 2015
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 14
Caption: Philip Nusbaum w/ 2012 Zeitfunk           , Credit: Karen Van Norman
The program begins with two songs named Amanda. The recent song by Volume Five concerns a woman whose life story contains a lot of unwanted goodbye...

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  • Added: Mar 20, 2015
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 16
Caption: Philip Nusbaum w/ 2012 Zeitfunk           , Credit: Karen Van Norman
The show opens with current bluegrass by the Grass Cats. Then, it’s two songs that focus on hobos. The first, a recent one by Cody Shuler tells of ...

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  • Added: Mar 18, 2015
  • Length: 58:58
  • Purchases: 16
Caption: Philip Nusbaum w/ 2012 Zeitfunk           , Credit: Karen Van Norman
Our program opens with current ‘grass. We play a song by the Grass Cats about a guy who is blue because he’s lost his whole family, but contrast it...

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  • Added: Mar 05, 2015
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 18
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secind of two Spring 2015 fund raaising editions fo the Bluegrass Review show

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  • Added: Feb 28, 2015
  • Length: 38:02
  • Purchases: 2

  • Added: Feb 28, 2015
  • Length: 39:48
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Phil w/2013 Zeitfunk, Credit: Karen Van Norman
The show begins with songs of emotional hardness. It can happen as a result of a failed relationship or just because a person doesn’t allow the tim...

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  • Added: Feb 21, 2015
  • Length: 58:55
  • Purchases: 15
Caption: Phil w/2013 Zeitfunk, Credit: Karen Van Norman
Towards the beginning of the show, we play a couple of songs about difficult or impossible journeys; and then one about a psychologically tough jou...

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  • Added: Feb 14, 2015
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 16
Caption: Phil w/2013 Zeitfunk, Credit: Karen Van Norman
Early on, we have fun playing a couple of songs with almost the same name. The Gem of Bluegrass reflects on poor people in bluegrass: they may be p...

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  • Added: Feb 07, 2015
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 15
Caption: Philip Nusbaum w/ 2012 Zeitfunk           , Credit: Karen Van Norman
The city represents many contrasting points of view in bluegrass music. Towards the start of the show we pick out a few songs with contrasting view...

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  • Added: Feb 02, 2015
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 17
Caption: Philip Nusbaum w/ 2012 Zeitfunk           , Credit: Karen Van Norman
When a relationship seems to be going well but one of the partners announces that “you’ll be better off without me,” that is an unexpected goodbye....

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  • Added: Jan 28, 2015
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 18
Caption: Philip Nusbaum w/ 2012 Zeitfunk           , Credit: Karen Van Norman
The show opens with prison songs that speak of different aspects of the prison experience. Then, it is time for our Gem of Bluegrass. This week’s g...

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  • Added: Jan 22, 2015
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 17
Caption: Philip Nusbaum w/ 2012 Zeitfunk, Credit: Karen Van Norman
Early on the show, a couple of songs in which age plays a factor. One is about hanging around an old man, someone your parents warned you against b...

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  • Added: Jan 01, 2015
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 17
Caption: Philip Nusbaum w/ 2012 Zeitfunk           , Credit: Karen Van Norman
Our show opens with a great recent track by songwriter Donna Hughes. Then we play a couple of songs whose songwriters were plainly philosophizing a...

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  • Added: Dec 27, 2014
  • Length: 59:29
  • Purchases: 16
Caption: Philip Nusbaum w/ 2012 Zeitfunk           , Credit: Karen Van Norman
After a little contemporary bluegrass, the show slides into some songs where one person is telling off another. Let’s just say that we sing some th...

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  • Added: Dec 22, 2014
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 18
Caption: Phil w/2013 Zeitfunk, Credit: Karen Van Norman
Our show opens with new bluegrass, and a couple of songs about the California and Alaska gold rushes. After the Gem of Bluegrass about the bluegras...

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  • Added: Dec 14, 2014
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 17
Caption: Philip Nusbaum w/ 2012 Zeitfunk           , Credit: Karen Van Norman
On today's show, we focus on the bluegrass highlights of the previous year, including cutting edge bluegrass, combinations with Americana and pop, ...

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  • Added: Dec 06, 2014
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 18
Caption: Philip Nusbaum w/ 2012 Zeitfunk           , Credit: Karen Van Norman
It’s Christmas on the Bluegrass Review. Robin and Linda Williams and Donna Ulisse talk about some of their Christmas-related songs.

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  • Added: Dec 06, 2014
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 14
Caption: Philip Nusbaum w/ 2012 Zeitfunk           , Credit: Karen Van Norman
At the show’s beginning, we play recent bluegrass. Then, on the Gem of Bluegrass, we discuss the evolution of the song “The House Carpenter.” In so...

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  • Added: Nov 27, 2014
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 14
Caption: Philip Nusbaum w/ 2012 Zeitfunk           , Credit: Karen Van Norman
Recent bluegrass opens our show. Then we present two lighthearted looks at aging; one instrumental and one an old time song. The Gem of Bluegrass f...

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  • Added: Nov 20, 2014
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 16