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 program opens with recent bluegrass, including a new mining song. But unlike most in bluegrass, the song is set in the silver mining industry. ...

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  • Added: Sep 12, 2013
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 11
Caption: Phil w/ 2012 Zeitfunk, Credit: Karen Van Norman
Early on the broadcast we play another recent song about coal, “Coal miner’s Gold.” “Gold” is of course coal, but in fact, it belongs to the mine o...

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  • Added: Sep 06, 2013
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 11
Caption: Philip Nusbaum, Credit: Karen Van Norman
Rocky Road. There is more than one Rocky Road song in bluegrass. We play the new on by Jason Davis and the 1940s classic by Bill Mon roe and the Bl...

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  • Added: Sep 03, 2013
  • Length: 58:59
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Caption: Phil w/ 2013 Zeitfunk, Credit: Karen Van Norman
The show opens with a couple of songs that explore the differences between planning for life, or taking things as they come along. Then, Lyle Lofgr...

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  • Added: Jul 24, 2013
  • Length: 59:01
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Caption: Phil w/2013 Zeitfunk, Credit: Karen Van Norman
The program opens up with a couple of songs depicting relationships where one of the woman discovers that the riches showered upon her aren’t doing...

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  • Added: Jul 22, 2013
  • Length: 59:01
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Caption: Phil w/ 2012 Zeitfunk, Credit: Karen Van Norman
Each week, the show presents current and historical bluegrass music, as well as interviews, produced segments and commentary. The result is in-dept...

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  • Added: Jul 19, 2013
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 13
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Psychological bluegrass? Yes, it exists. The program begins with some songs depicting haw troubles early in life manifest themselves later on. Then...

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  • Added: Jul 19, 2013
  • Length: 59:01
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Part of the standard information about old time fiddling is that it is passed down within families. On today’s show, we investigate the passing on ...

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  • Added: Jul 06, 2013
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Phil w/ 2012 Zeitfunk, Credit: Karen Van Norman
Music is a major focus of people today. It helps us to present images of ourselves, and music is also used to create types of environments. Many of...

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  • Added: Jul 06, 2013
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Phil w/2012 Zeitfunk, Credit: Karen Van Norman
Today’s show opens with varied songs about letters. On the Gem of Bluegrass, Lyle Lofgren, Adam Granger and host Phil Nusbaum investigate old time ...

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  • Added: Jun 27, 2013
  • Length: 58:59
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Caption: Phil w/2012 Zeitfunk, Credit: Karen Van Norman
It’s our first show this summer with the insights of Lyle Lofgren and Adam Granger. Both are players residing in Minneapolis-Saint Paul, and Adam w...

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  • Added: Jun 27, 2013
  • Length: 59:00
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After opening up the show with new bluegrass by Big Country Bluegrass, we play some songs of commitment. First it is the Trinity River Band’s song ...

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  • Added: Jun 18, 2013
  • Length: 58:59
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Caption: Phil w/2012 Zeitfunk, Credit: Karen Van Norman
You meet all kinds of people in bluegrass songs. Some of them seem lost. Who knows why? However, these types of people make compelling bluegrass so...

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  • Added: Jun 11, 2013
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 13
Caption: Phil w/2013 Zeitfunk, Credit: Karen Van Norman
The show opens with a brand new selection by former Blue Grass Boy Peter Rowan. Then we proceed to a couple of new nostalgic songs about grandpa. O...

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  • Added: Jun 05, 2013
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Phil w/ 2013 Zeitfunk, Credit: Karen Van Norman
We pack some recent bluegrass into the beginning of the show, including recent tributes to the Stanley Bros, Carter and Ralph. Carter died in 1966 ...

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  • Added: May 27, 2013
  • Length: 59:00
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The program begins with new bluegrass, then presents a contrast of songs: Jim Reams’ song about not being able to settle down and Flat and Scruggs’...

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  • Added: May 17, 2013
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Phil w/20112 Zeitfunk, Credit: Karen Van norman
Our show opens with new bluegrass. We muse that few songs are focused on individuals set in one place. But we found a few. And what is the place? “...

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  • Added: May 12, 2013
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Phil w/2012 Zeitfunk, Credit: Karen Van Norman
Ralph Stanley is a bluegrass icon. To honor him, Don Rigsby put out a tribute CD. We play a selection from the CD, and then play selections from pr...

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  • Added: May 02, 2013
  • Length: 59:00
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Early on the show, listen to some funny bluegrass parodies. Then, on the Gem of Bluegrass, we consider old recordings before the “wall of sound” wa...

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  • Added: Apr 28, 2013
  • Length: 59:01
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Caption: Phil w/2012 Zeitfunk, Credit: Karen Van Norman
We open with new and recent bluegrass, including a modernistic piece featuring Steve Martin and Edie Brickell. Our Gem of Bluegrass feature tells a...

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  • Added: Apr 20, 2013
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 13