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Bluegrass Breakdown

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Bluegrass Breakdown: Bluegrass Men, N-O

Jun 16, 2018

On this week's Bluegrass Breakdown: we'll be renewing our never-ending quest to meet all the often interesting, sometimes exasperating, and always fascinating colorful men that populate Bluegrassland — a place that has more than its fair share of eccentric, cantakerous and just plain ornery characters. 

With the help of Doc Watson, Volume Five, Jake Landers, Nate Leath and Randall Hylton, we'll be rubbing shoulders with natural, needy, nowhere, one track, one woman, old time, one armed and one legged men. 

Bluegrass Breakdown: Elvisgrass, 1954-1956

Jun 9, 2018

On this week's Bluegrass Breakdown: He was a singer, actor, genre-pioneer, sex symbol and cultural icon who captivated legions of fans who hung on his every word and every sway of his scandalous hips. He mixed music from both sides of the color line and became the quintessence of cool. He's sold over 1 billion records worldwide with 19 number one hits, 40 in the top ten and 114 in the top 40. 

We'll be bluegrassizing the one and only and forever undisputed king of rock 'n roll, Elvis Presley.

Bluegrass Breakdown: New Releases

Jun 2, 2018

On this week's Bluegrass Breakdown: We'll be heading into the thick of the new bluegrass CD bins with the expectation of unveiling the latest from Special Consensus, Peter Rowan, Dewey & Leslie Brown, Highland Travelers, Sideline, Circus No. 9 and Randy Cook. 

Bluegrass Breakdown: Natures

May 26, 2018

On this week's Bluegrass Breakdown: They're the distinguishing characteristics that define the essence of humanity — the ways humans naturally think, feel and act — HUMAN nature. It's also the personification of the distinguishing characteristics that define the world in which we live — the weather, photosynthesis and pertrifcation — MOTHER nature. While Mother Nature isn't nearly as scary as human nature, it's Mother Nature whole rules the roost. 

With the help of the Seldom Scene, Bill Grant & Delia Bell, Bill Evans and Jim Van Cleve, we'll be exploring human nature, Mother Nature, children of nature and the nature of the beast. 

Bluegrass Breakdown: April & May, 1978

May 19, 2018

On this week's Bluegrass Breakdown: We'll be taking the high-lonesome time machine back to April and May, 1978 when, among other things:

Young teenagers Alison Brown and Stuart Duncan form a duet called "Gold Dust;" Pat Enright joins Tasty Licks up in Cambridge, Mass; a new group, Riders in the Sky, showcase at the Exit/In in Nashville; Jerry Douglas rejoins the Country Gentleman; and bassist Nick Forster plays his first show with Hot Rize at the Ramada Inn in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. 

Bluegrass Breakdown: Pockets, Part Two

May 12, 2018

On this week's Bluegrass Breakdown: Our fixation on high, blue and lonesome pockets continues unabated and unrestrained as we home in on empty pockets, deep pockets, holy pockets, lined pockets along with a few odd pocket watches and pocket knives. 

Thanks to Flatt & Scruggs, the New Coon Creek Girls, Bill Monroe, Hot Rize and John Reischman & the Jay Birds, we'll have sunshine in our pockets. 

Bluegrass Breakdown: Pockets, Part One

May 5, 2018

On this week's Bluegrass Breakdown: We stick our hands in them; we sometimes have to dig deep in them; we like to line them, but don't like to pay out of them; and money burns a hole in them. They're small bag-like receptacles fastened to or inserted in an article of clothing, usually shirts or pants, that are used to hold small essential items like change, a good knife, keys, flat-picks, finger-picks, rosin and Afrin drops. 

Hot Rize, Open Road, the Dixie Bee-Liners and Dale Ann Bradley will help us explore the high-lonesome wonders of pockets.

Bluegrass Breakdown: Knocking, Part Two

Apr 28, 2018

On this week's Bluegrass Breakdown: It's a sound that reverberates throughout bluegrassland — an often feared, universally dreaded, but sometimes welcome rapping or tapping action on a door or a window that has served as the catalyst for many a fine high lonesome tale or tune. 

With the help of Laurie Lewis, Chris Warner, the Bailey Brothers, the Dreadful Snakes, Lester Flatt and John Hartford, we'll be knocking on doors, knocking around the kitchen, getting knocked down to size and knocking Casey Jones. 

Bluegrass Breakdown: New Releases

Apr 21, 2018

On this week's Bluegrass Breakdown: It's high time to relieve some of the mighty pressure that's steadily building in the burgeoning new bluegrass CD bins. 

We'll be doing just that with a flourish with new tunes from the Price Sisters, Dave Adkins, Ned Luberecki, Claybank, the McLain Family Band, Carnegie Tradition, the Dead South, Rick Lang, Curtis McPeake and Andy May. 

Bluegrass Breakdown: Crooked, Part Two

Apr 14, 2018

On this week's Bluegrass Breakdown: We'll be continuing our meandering, circuitous ways, journeying down bluegrassland's crooked roads and meeting all manner of crooked things — from crooked men and crooked sticks to crooked hollows and crooked smiles. 

The Dixie-Bee-Liners, Trinity River Band, Lou Reid & Carolina, the Bluegrass Brothers, Chris Stuart & Backcountry and Ty Gilpin will be leading the way.