Bluegrass Breakdown

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B Natural

Apr 22, 2017

On this week's Bluegrass Breakdown: It's an adjective that has several meanings. It can be a reference to nature; a note that is neither sharp nor flat; something without any artificial additives; someone that has an innate talent; something that occurs prior to any modification or adjustment. 

We'll be looking at natural disasters, listening to songs in the key of B natural, meeting natural men, enduring the natural bridge blues and otherwise acting naturally. 

New Old Time

Apr 15, 2017

On this week's Bluegrass Breakdown: We'll be going deep up in the holler, pulling the cork, putting on our dancing shoes and rosining up the bows as we take another gander at the current state of of new old time music. 

We'll be featuring the latest from the likes of the Piedmont Melody Makers, Hog Eyed Man, Hackensaw Boys, the Crescent Moon Rounders, Tom & Jon, the Reed Island Rounders and the Immigrants. 

Cheating, Part 1

Apr 8, 2017

On this week's Bluegrass Breakdown: It's an immoral or dishonest way of achieving a goal and often involves marital infidelity. It can involve bribery, lying, cronyism, nepotism, sadism, sleaziness and a hundred other adjectives of similar ilk. On a more upbeat note, it has also fueled a righteous number of great bluegrass songs. 

With the help of Jeff White, Wilma Lee & Stoney Cooper, Del McCoury, Steve Gulley and Larry Cordle & Lonesome Standard Time, we'll be examining the seedy underbelly of BluegrassLand and exposing the pandemic cheatin' that lives therein. 

Choices, Part 2

Mar 25, 2017

On this week's Bluegrass Breakdown, we'll continue making those hard choices with Tim O'Brien, Mountain Heart, Marty Raybon, Laurie Lewis and Tommy Webb. We'll be looking at chosen love, chosen ones, the chosen way and the chosen few. 

Choices, Part 1

Mar 18, 2017

On this week's Bluegrass Breakdown: Some are easy. Most are hard... or even hard hard. Many are trivial, and more than a few have eternal consequences. And life is all about figuring how to live with them — or in spite of them. With the help of the Kruger Brothers, the Nashville Bluegrass Band, the Grascals and David Grier, we'll be looking at "Choices."

Saints, A-J

Mar 11, 2017

On this week's Bluegrass Breakdown: It's a title given to persons of great holiness, virtue or benevolence—often by church canonization. The appellation can also refer to persons who are in heaven or who are members of certain groups. Whatever the case, Bluegrassland is full of them. 

In honor of St. Patrick's Day, and with the always superlative assistance of such folks as Will Maring, Dan Crary, Sam Hill and the Marksmen Quartet we'll be looking at all manner of saints. 

Climbing, Part 1

Mar 4, 2017

It's the process of ascending a steep object, overcoming a difficult challenge, and generally moving on with life. Since we spend most of our time engaging in this activity, whether it be for recreation or out of necessity, its no wonder there's a plethora of songs about the same. With the help of Hot Rize, Lynn Morris, The Goins Brothers, Sam Hill, The Austin Lounge Lizards and Northern Lights, we'll be climbing up mountains, hills, trees, canyons, ladders and walls. 

New Releases

Feb 25, 2017


We'll continue our celebration of the new year in the most Bill Monroe-begatted of ways: by homing in on some the highest, bluest and most lonesome grass that have found their way into the new bluegrass CD bins over the past few weeks. 

January & February 1977

Feb 18, 2017


We'll be heading pell mell into the wild and wooly bluegassical soundscape of January and February 1977 when, among other things, Glen Duncan and Wayne Fields join the Boys from Indiana on fiddle and banjo respectively; Stoney Cooper is hospitalized following a heart attack; Alan O'Brien suffers a ruptured esophagus while on the road with Buck White and the Down Home Folks; Colorado's Monroe Doctrine reforms with Wayne Beasley on mandolin, Mark Emory on the bass, Rick Ryman on the banjo and Danny Wise on guitar; and folks like Ralph Stanley, The Bluegrass Special, Outdoor Plumbing Company, Bill Monroe and Roland White make the high lonesome airwaves sing. 

Hoeing

Feb 11, 2017


It's one of mankind's first tools, invented somewhere between the digging stick and the plow. It's uses are myriad: shaping soil, removing weeds, clearing, harvesting, planing and chasing off undesirable critters of both the four-legged and two-legged variety. Despite the passage of thousands of years, its basic design has never been improved. Its impact is as far-reaching as its frequent appearances in bluegrass songs. It's an implement that epitomizes the bluegrass work ethic. With the seasoned assistance of such hard laborers as Tommy Webb, Ralph Stanley and Del McCoury, we'll be looking at hoes. 

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