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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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360 Pieces

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Caption: Phil Nusbaum w/2013 Zeitfunk, Credit: Karen Van Norman
Bluegrass songs frequently depict people on the bottoms of things, so we open with a couple of songs that mention just that. On the Gem of Bluegras...

Bought by WTIP and KIOS-FM Omaha Public Radio


  • Added: Nov 09, 2017
  • Length: 58:04
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Phil Nusbaum w/2013 Zeitfunk, Credit: Karen Van Norman
At the beginning of today’s show, we present songs of dangerous occupations, the type that are unlawful, too. Then, or Gem of Bluegrass revisits th...

  • Added: Nov 09, 2017
  • Length: 58:00
Caption: Phil Nusbaum w/2013 Zeitfunk, Credit: Karen Van Norman
Realizing that there are a few more “sunny side” side songs to play, we do this that towards the beginning of the show. On our Gem of Bluegrass, we...

Bought by RadioFreePalmer, WTIP, and KIOS-FM Omaha Public Radio


  • Added: Oct 30, 2017
  • Length: 58:00
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Phil Nusbaum w/2013 Zeitfunk, Credit: Karen Van Norman
Today’s Gem of Bluegrass focuses on the evolution of bluegrass banjo playing. Later on the show, we talk to Josh Krohn, singer, player and songwrit...

Bought by RadioFreePalmer, WTIP, and KIOS-FM Omaha Public Radio


  • Added: Oct 15, 2017
  • Length: 58:00
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Phil Nusbaum w/2013 Zeitfunk, Credit: Karen Van Norman
The show opens with a pair of almost identical titles. Then it is on to the Gem of Bluegrass where we present the evolution of the song “There is a...

Bought by RadioFreePalmer, WTIP, and KIOS-FM Omaha Public Radio


  • Added: Oct 10, 2017
  • Length: 58:01
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Phil Nusbaum w/2013 Zeitfunk, Credit: Karen Van Norman
Towards the beginning of the show, we present a couple of broken hearted melodies; one recent and the other from 1-20 years ago. On the Gem of Blue...

Bought by RadioFreePalmer and KIOS-FM Omaha Public Radio


  • Added: Oct 03, 2017
  • Length: 58:00
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Phil Nusbaum w/2013 Zeitfunk, Credit: Karen Van Norman
You might know that there is a lot of misery in personal relationships depicted in bluegrass songs. But that is not so in the Rebekah long and Donn...

Bought by RadioFreePalmer, WTIP, and KIOS-FM Omaha Public Radio


  • Added: Sep 24, 2017
  • Length: 58:00
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Phil Nusbaum w/2013 Zeitfunk, Credit: Karen Van Norman
After a couple of pieces of new Bluegrass, we play some recent pieces that could be considered pessimistic or optimistic. Then, the Gem of Bluegras...

Bought by RadioFreePalmer, KIOS-FM Omaha Public Radio, and WTIP


  • Added: Sep 20, 2017
  • Length: 58:00
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Phil Nusbaum w/2013 Zeitfunk, Credit: Karen Van Norman
Some say that every person alive has demons. The Grascals has a new song which tackles the subject head on. We follow that up with two songs where ...

Bought by RadioFreePalmer, KIOS-FM Omaha Public Radio, and WTIP


  • Added: Sep 12, 2017
  • Length: 58:00
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Phil Nusbaum w/2013 Zeitfunk, Credit: Karen Van Norman
The broadcast opens with recent songs of trains. Then, on the Gem of Bluegrass, we consider songs about truckers and cowboys. Some say that trucker...

Bought by RadioFreePalmer, KIOS-FM Omaha Public Radio, and WTIP


  • Added: Sep 09, 2017
  • Length: 58:00
  • Purchases: 3

  • Added: Sep 05, 2017
  • Length: 39:46
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  • Added: Sep 05, 2017
  • Length: 38:22
Caption: Phil Nusbaum w/2013 Zeitfunk, Credit: Karen Van Norman
The Broadcast begins with recent bluegrass. Then, the Gem of Bluegrass focuses on how playing the melody serves to ground performance. Later we tal...

Bought by RadioFreePalmer, KIOS-FM Omaha Public Radio, and WTIP


  • Added: Sep 03, 2017
  • Length: 58:00
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Phil Nusbaum w/2013 Zeitfunk, Credit: Karen Van Norman
After a new piece of bluegrass, we play a couple of nostalgia songs; both bittersweet because while the places in memory are still around, the peop...

Bought by RadioFreePalmer, WTIP, and KIOS-FM Omaha Public Radio


  • Added: Aug 29, 2017
  • Length: 58:00
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Phil Nusbaum w/2013 Zeitfunk, Credit: Karen Van Norman
The broadcast opens up with a couple of pieces that depict or embody the musical values of old-time fiddle players. Then comes an instrumental by t...

Bought by RadioFreePalmer, KIOS-FM Omaha Public Radio, Prairie Public, and WTIP


  • Added: Aug 05, 2017
  • Length: 58:00
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: Phil Nusbaum w/2013 Zeitfunk, Credit: Karen Van Norman
We open with a piece of new bluegrass. Them we present contrasting songs that feature memories. There are a lot of songs that depict memories of a ...

Bought by RadioFreePalmer, KIOS-FM Omaha Public Radio, Prairie Public, and WTIP


  • Added: Aug 02, 2017
  • Length: 58:00
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: Phil Nusbaum w/2013 Zeitfunk, Credit: Karen Van Norman
After a new and dreamy song by Dale Ann Bradley, we get a good, bluegrass-style dose of reality, with a couple of recent songs about the bad influe...

Bought by RadioFreePalmer, WTIP, KIOS-FM Omaha Public Radio, and Prairie Public


  • Added: Jul 28, 2017
  • Length: 58:00
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: Phil Nusbaum w/2013 Zeitfunk, Credit: Karen Van Norman
The show opens by playing important new releases. Then, the Gem of Bluegrass tells of the evolution of the song Little Maggie. She was a hard drink...

Bought by RadioFreePalmer, KIOS-FM Omaha Public Radio, Prairie Public, and WTIP


  • Added: Jul 24, 2017
  • Length: 58:00
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: Phil Nusbaum w/2013 Zeitfunk, Credit: Karen Van Norman
A couple of songs about small towns and small town people opens our broadcast. Eddie Adcock served for well over a decade as the banjoist for the C...

Bought by RadioFreePalmer, KVNF, WTIP, Prairie Public, and KIOS-FM Omaha Public Radio


  • Added: Jul 24, 2017
  • Length: 58:00
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: Phil Nusbaum w/2013 Zeitfunk, Credit: Karen Van Norman
The show opens with a couple of songs about mountain men. The second one is also a song of separation, which slides into another separation song. O...

Bought by RadioFreePalmer, KIOS-FM Omaha Public Radio, Prairie Public, and WTIP


  • Added: Jun 26, 2017
  • Length: 58:00
  • Purchases: 4