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: Philip Nusbaum w/ 2012 Zeitfunk           , Credit: Karen Van Norman
We open the show with a couple of songs about lives: The first depicts some kids waling on a dirt road, and wonders about what kinds of people they...

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  • Added: Jun 17, 2014
  • Length: 59:30
  • Purchases: 16
Caption: Philip Nusbaum w/ 2012 Zeitfunk           , Credit: Karen Van Norman
Honky Tonk, USA. That’s where bluegrass lives some of the time. After a recent Darrell Webb song, our show settles into a set of interesting Hony-T...

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  • Added: Jun 09, 2014
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Philip Nusbaum w/ 2012 Zeitfunk           , Credit: Karen Van Norman
Our show opens with recent and new bluegrass. Then, the Gem of Bluegrass presents a tribute to the Country Gentlemen, a group that had a very succe...

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  • Added: May 27, 2014
  • Length: 59:30
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Caption: Philip Nusbaum w/ 2012 Zeitfunk           , Credit: Karen Van Norman
Jesse James was a bad outlaw, one of the first to rob trains. The traditional song about him portrays him as a Robin Hood figure, but nothing of th...

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  • Added: May 20, 2014
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Philip Nusbaum w/ 2012 Zeitfunk           , Credit: Karen Van Norman
Towards the beginning, we play a couple of songs representing the second bluegrass revolution, the one occurring in the 1960s and 1970s, by playing...

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  • Added: May 16, 2014
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Philip Nusbaum w/ 2012 Zeitfunk           , Credit: Karen Van Norman
The show begins with recent bluegrass. Then, the Gem of Bluegrass discusses the second bluegrass revolution, taking place in the 1960s-1970s. One o...

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  • Added: May 11, 2014
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Philip Nusbaum w/ 2012 Zeitfunk           , Credit: Karen Van Norman
Bluegrass music’s history is one of evolutions and revolutions. It began with a stylistic revolution when Bill Monroe, after a period of trial-and-...

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  • Added: May 05, 2014
  • Length: 58:59
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Caption: Philip Nusbaum w/ 2012 Zeitfunk           , Credit: Karen Van Norman
We break out with recent bluegrass. Then on the Gem of Bluegrass, we cover two branches of the same song tree and a new version which owes to each ...

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  • Added: Apr 28, 2014
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Philip Nusbaum w/ 2012 Zeitfunk           , Credit: Karen Van Norman
Inspired by a recent broadcast that featured story songs, towards the beginning of the show we hit the mother lode of story songs: those that tell ...

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  • Added: Apr 21, 2014
  • Length: 58:59
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Caption: Phil w/2013 Zeitfunk, Credit: Karen Van Norman
At the beginning of the show today, we play a group of new releases, some of which test the boundaries of bluegrass music. The Gem of Bluegrass que...

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  • Added: Apr 12, 2014
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Philip Nusbaum w/ 2012 Zeitfunk           , Credit: Karen Van Norman
Our broadcast opens with a couple of songs set in prison, one new and one old. On our Gem of Bluegrass we present a study of one means of compositi...

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  • Added: Apr 07, 2014
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Phil w/2013 Zeitfunk, Credit: Karen Van Norman
Dirt roads can symbolize stuff that’s real and in fact, there is a song called “Dirt Roads” by Wayne Taylor. We take off from there and play some o...

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  • Added: Mar 28, 2014
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Philip Nusbaum w/ 2012 Zeitfunk           , Credit: Karen Van Norman
Our program opens with a couple of envolope-pushing numbers that country star Dierks Bentley had a hand in. Then we open one of today’s thematic th...

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  • Added: Mar 17, 2014
  • Length: 59:00
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The show begins with songs of easy virtue. Sometimes this type of promiscuity is not as easy as it seems to some. The segment reveals shifting atti...

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  • Added: Mar 11, 2014
  • Length: 58:59
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Caption: Phil w/2013 Zeitfunk, Credit: Karen Van Norman
We’ve got a backlog of new releases so we spin quite a few of them today. Rockabilly and bluegrass music. These are two idioms that have used the b...

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  • Added: Mar 08, 2014
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Phil w/2012 Zeitfunk, Credit: Karen Van Norman
Songwriter Paul Simon and bluegrass music: Paul writes frequently about the dark subjects bluegrass singers enjoy: breakups for example. We play a ...

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  • Added: Mar 04, 2014
  • Length: 59:30
  • Purchases: 14
Caption: Phil w/ 2013 Zeitfunk, Credit: Karen Van Norman
second of two Bluegrass Review fund raising editions

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  • Added: Feb 24, 2014
  • Length: 40:06
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  • Added: Feb 24, 2014
  • Length: 38:55
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Caption: Philip Nusbaum w/ 2012 Zeitfunk           , Credit: Karen Van Norman
Bluegrass fans are of course aware of songs about train wreck. But when contemporary people use the expression “train wreck” they’re not necessaril...

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  • Added: Feb 20, 2014
  • Length: 58:59
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Caption: Phil Nusbaum, Credit: Karen Van Norman
Our show opens with a couple of distinctive love songs. In each, one puts up a wall between the two. But in one song, the singer sees no hope, and...

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  • Added: Feb 09, 2014
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 15