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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: Phil Nusabaum, Credit: Karen Van Norman
We open the show with new bluegrass, and throughout the show, spin some great new banjo music. On the Gem of Bluegrass we track the evolution of th...

  • Added: Mar 23, 2017
  • Length: 58:00
Caption: Phil w/2013 Zeitfunk, Credit: Karen Van Norman
Early on the show we play a couple of songs whose subject matter is coal, one of the compelling bluegrass stories in the history of the genre. The ...

Bought by KIOS-FM Omaha Public Radio and Prairie Public


  • Added: Mar 16, 2017
  • Length: 58:00
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Phil w/2013 Zeitfunk, Credit: Karen Van Norman
So many ways to feel unbalanced mentally; and so many ways to sing about it. We play some recent songs depicting the condition, and one representin...

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  • Added: Mar 09, 2017
  • Length: 58:00
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: Phil w/2013 Zeitfunk, Credit: Karen Van Norman
4 programming segments adding up to about 40 minutes

  • Added: Feb 18, 2017
  • Length: 38:28

  • Added: Feb 18, 2017
  • Length: 40:25
Caption: Phil w/2013 Zeitfunk, Credit: Karen Van Norman
Our show opens with spins of recent broken hearted melodies. There have always been bluegrass songs that depict work. But does anyone enjoy the wor...

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  • Added: Feb 09, 2017
  • Length: 58:00
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: Phil w/2013 Zeitfunk, Credit: Karen Van Norman
What does it mean to drift? We open with a few “drifting” songs. On our Gem of Bluegrass feature, we address work and song depictions of drudgery. ...

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  • Added: Feb 06, 2017
  • Length: 58:01
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: Phil w/2013 Zeitfunk, Credit: Karen Van Norman
Over the course of bluegrass and old-time music history, there is a strain of songs about strong drink. Recently, there have been some songs about ...

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  • Added: Jan 23, 2017
  • Length: 58:00
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: Phil w/2013 Zeitfunk, Credit: Karen Van Norman
We open with a couple of songs about hard work. In the first, the singer wishes he could get away from it. In the second, the prospect of always ha...

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  • Added: Jan 11, 2017
  • Length: 58:00
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: Phil w/2013 Zeitfunk, Credit: Karen Van Norman
There are plenty of songs about coal, and plenty of them about guns. But there are not many sung from the point of view or either, and that is how ...

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  • Added: Jan 09, 2017
  • Length: 58:00
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: Phil w/2013 Zeitfunk, Credit: Karen Van Norman
Our program opens up with new bluegrass. Then, it’s our Gem of Bluegrass. Most Americans, whether or not they like bluegrass, have heard the tune O...

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  • Added: Dec 31, 2016
  • Length: 58:00
  • Purchases: 7
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Bluegrass lyrics frequently reside in small towns. Our show today opens with some songs about small towns. Some celebrate them, while others offer ...

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  • Added: Dec 22, 2016
  • Length: 58:00
  • Purchases: 8
Caption: Phil w/2013 Zeitfunk, Credit: Karen Van Norman
Poverty is a common motivator of bluegrass song lyrics, and early on, we play some great examples. You might think that the slew of pop songs known...

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  • Added: Dec 21, 2016
  • Length: 58:00
  • Purchases: 7

  • Added: Dec 15, 2016
  • Length: 58:00
  • Purchases: 6
Caption: Phil w/2013 Zeitfunk, Credit: Karen Van Norman
Becky Schlegel plays and talks about the songs she writes that are given as gifts. Other bluegrass artists share their Christmas thoughts.

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  • Added: Nov 29, 2016
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 16
Caption: Phil w/2013 Zeitfunk, Credit: Karen Van Norman
At close to year’s end, we’ve got a lot of new bluegrass, so we spin some of the highlights of the wave of new releases, While old-time music has a...

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  • Added: Nov 26, 2016
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 18
Caption: Phil w/2013 Zeitfunk, Credit: Karen Van Norman
Broken-hearted melodies are commonplace in bluegrass songs. But the stories in the Carolina Blue and Honi Deaton songs presented early are especial...

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  • Added: Nov 18, 2016
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 16
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A couple of songs depicting personal trouble open the show. One is about a missed connection, the other about settling long-standing anger. The Gem...

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  • Added: Nov 12, 2016
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 12
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The way the world is going, small towns and small town downtowns are really taking a beating. We present a group of songs on this issue. The Gem of...

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  • Added: Nov 07, 2016
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 16
Caption: Phil w/2013 Zeitfunk, Credit: Karen Van Norman
When Bluegrass goes downtown, it’s generally to have fun, and sometime too much! After a few “downtown” songs, the Gem of Bluegrass features bluegr...

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  • Added: Oct 28, 2016
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 14