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/2012 Zeitfunk, Credit: Karen Van Norman
Today’s program opens with new bluegrass. Then we introduce a running thread on today’s show: We’re declaring Spring. This sort of pronouncement ma...

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  • Added: Apr 16, 2013
  • Length: 59:01
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Caption: Phil w/2012 Zeitfunk, Credit: Karen Van Norman
We open the show with a current ‘grass selection, and then proceed to play three bluegrass songs that use the name John Deere Tractors symbolically...

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  • Added: Apr 10, 2013
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Phil w/2012 Zeitfunk, Credit: Karen Van Norman
The program opens with recent blues-tinged bluegrass. Then the Gem of Bluegrass considers the somewhat romantic image of the hobo in older bluegras...

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  • Added: Mar 28, 2013
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Phil at work, Credit: Karen Van Norman
The program opens up with recent bluegrass. Then the Gem of Bluegrass considers the ways children have been depicted over the years in bluegrass so...

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  • Added: Mar 15, 2013
  • Length: 59:00
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Our program opens with new bluegrass. Many say that bluegrass is in a period of change, with a new generation taking over. There are conflicting ve...

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  • Added: Mar 08, 2013
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Phil w/2012 Zeitfunk, Credit: Karen Van Norman
We break out of the gates with new bluegrass by Dale Ann Bradley, Tina Adair and the Sleepy Man Banjo Boys. Then, on our Gem of Bluegrass, we note ...

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  • Added: Mar 04, 2013
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Phil at work, Credit: Karen Van Norman
Right at the show’s beginning, we play new bluegrass. Then we consider the Celtic / bluegrass connection. Accordionist Paddy O’Brien and singer Eri...

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  • Added: Feb 24, 2013
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Phil w/1012 Zeitfunk, Credit: Karen Van Nnorman
This show’s Gem of Bluegrass addresses how bluegrass music honors its own heritage. We play a couple of songs relating to old lovers. Later, we tal...

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  • Added: Feb 18, 2013
  • Length: 59:01
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  • Added: Feb 12, 2013
  • Length: 40:16
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Caption: Phil w/ 2012 Zeitfunk, Credit: Karen Van Norman
Bluegrass Lonesome has many dimensions. Among them are songs where lovers are separated forever by fate or acts of God. We open the show with a few...

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  • Added: Feb 11, 2013
  • Length: 58:59
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Caption: Phil w/ 2013 Zeitfunk, Credit: Karen Van Norman
In bluegrass, songs about relationship tend to focus on the exit point of the relationship. So, to buck the trend, we present positive relationship...

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  • Added: Feb 04, 2013
  • Length: 59:00
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Whatever goes around comes around you might say. One of the great things about bluegrass is how groups reference the history of bluegrass in their ...

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  • Added: Jan 26, 2013
  • Length: 59:00
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The banjo is a bluegrass iconic instrument. But what about two banjos? Well, that’ll double your pleasure! On the show today, we play some early 19...

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  • Added: Jan 19, 2013
  • Length: 59:00
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Towards the beginning, the show plays some philosophical songs. Then, the Gem fo Bluegrass presents the evolution of the song “Take the Hammer.” It...

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  • Added: Jan 15, 2013
  • Length: 58:01
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Caption: Phil w/ 2012 Zeitfunk, Credit: Karen Van Norman
There is a lot of swing-influenced bluegrass on today’s show. The Gem of Bluegrass focuses on the connection between the two idioms, and then we pl...

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  • Added: Jan 15, 2013
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 13
Caption: Phil w/ 2012 Zeitfunk, Credit: Karen Van Norman
Early in the show, bluegrass nostalgia songs. But it’s always nostalgia for a lost world, or a lifestyle that has disappeared. Then, the Gem of Blu...

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  • Added: Dec 29, 2012
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 13
Caption: Phil at work, Credit: Karen Van Norman
In recent bluegrass, there’s been a little bump in the number of songs about war and songs in which war is a metaphor. We play a few as the show op...

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  • Added: Dec 26, 2012
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Phil w/ 2012 Zeitfunk , Credit: Karen Van Norman
The show opens with songs about money. On the Gem of Bluegrass, we present some new thoughts about duet singing, and its crucial role in bluegrass....

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  • Added: Dec 17, 2012
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Phil w/2012 Zeitfunk, Credit: Karen Van Norman
It was a great year for bluegrass music and we play the highlights on this program.

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  • Added: Dec 07, 2012
  • Length: 59:01
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Caption: Phil w/2012 Zeitfunk award, Credit: Karen Van Norman
It’s Christmas Time on the Bluegrass Review. We play songs of the season, and mix in reminiscences by bluegrass performers.

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  • Added: Dec 01, 2012
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 15