Caption: Phil with 2012 Zeitfunk, Credit: Karen Van Norman
Image by: Karen Van Norman 
Phil with 2012 Zeitfunk 

Gems of Bluegrass #1222 "Early Bluegrass and Loss"

From: Philip Nusbaum
Series: Gems of Bluegrass
Length: 05:15

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We know that bluegrass music is blue. The most obvious examples are the seemingly limitless number of songs about lovers breaking up. But in bluegrass, especially the old bluegrass from the post world war II period, there are other kinds of deep separations. It’s not only the broken hearted songs. Frequently, they relate to the end of the old way of life. The Stanley Brothers recorded a number of songs on this theme, and these songs must have made big impact on their fans.

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Gems of Bluegrass are 5 - 8 minutes drop-in modules that look at bluegrass / old time history, aesthetics and culture. Each Gem consists of multiple song clips with commentary over music beds. For an insightful weekly 1-hour bluegrass show that includes Gems of Bluegrass, see the Bluegrass Review, available from PRX. Contact Phil Nusbaum at pnusbaum@bitstram.net to download the show from www.bluegrassreview.com.

Piece Description

Gems of Bluegrass are 5 - 8 minutes drop-in modules that look at bluegrass / old time history, aesthetics and culture. Each Gem consists of multiple song clips with commentary over music beds. For an insightful weekly 1-hour bluegrass show that includes Gems of Bluegrass, see the Bluegrass Review, available from PRX. Contact Phil Nusbaum at pnusbaum@bitstram.net to download the show from www.bluegrassreview.com.

Timing and Cues

in: music
out: UA
Time: 5:15

Intro and Outro

INTRO:

songs about lovers breaking up. But in bluegrass, especially the old bluegrass from the post world war II period, there are other kinds of deep separations. It’s not only the broken hearted songs. Frequently, they relate to the end of the old way of life. The Stanley Brothers recorded a number of songs on this theme, and these songs must have made big impact on their fans.

OUTRO:

play additional bluegrass songs about loss, esp the loss of a way of life. Or play the Gracals' Hoedown in Motown about some Appalachian people who live in Detroit and get together weekly to party, Appalachian-style.

Related Website

http://www.bluegrassreview.com