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Caption: Philip Nusbaum w/ 2012 Zeitfunk           , Credit: Karen Van Norman
Today’s show opens with new bluegrass from the Lonesome River Band. It’s a tribute to the singer’s sweetheart who values her man for things that do...

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  • Added: Sep 22, 2014
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Philip Nusbaum w/ 2012 Zeitfunk           , Credit: Karen Van Norman
It rains in Virginia, you know. Our show opens with a couple of “raining in Virginia.” You might know that rain frequently signifies the blues and ...

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  • Added: Sep 12, 2014
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 17
Caption: Philip Nusbaum w/ 2012 Zeitfunk           , Credit: Karen Van Norman
These days there are no rules regarding what a song should be written about. Why not motorcycles? We’ve got two, and they display contrasting visio...

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  • Added: Sep 06, 2014
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Phil w/2013 Zeitfunk, Credit: Karen Van Norman
Home is a primary preoccupation among bluegrass songwriters. Today’s show begins with recent “home” songs. One concerns itself with trying to get h...

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  • Added: Aug 23, 2014
  • Length: 59:00
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Towards the start of the show, we present some bluegrass love songs. These are not those depicting exit points of relationships, but ones that refl...

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  • Added: Jun 25, 2014
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Philip Nusbaum w/ 2012 Zeitfunk           , Credit: Karen Van Norman
We open the show with a couple of songs about lives: The first depicts some kids waling on a dirt road, and wonders about what kinds of people they...

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  • Added: Jun 17, 2014
  • Length: 59:30
  • Purchases: 16
Caption: Philip Nusbaum w/ 2012 Zeitfunk           , Credit: Karen Van Norman
Honky Tonk, USA. That’s where bluegrass lives some of the time. After a recent Darrell Webb song, our show settles into a set of interesting Hony-T...

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  • Added: Jun 09, 2014
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 17
Caption: Philip Nusbaum w/ 2012 Zeitfunk           , Credit: Karen Van Norman
Jesse James was a bad outlaw, one of the first to rob trains. The traditional song about him portrays him as a Robin Hood figure, but nothing of th...

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  • Added: May 20, 2014
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Philip Nusbaum w/ 2012 Zeitfunk           , Credit: Karen Van Norman
We break out with recent bluegrass. Then on the Gem of Bluegrass, we cover two branches of the same song tree and a new version which owes to each ...

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  • Added: Apr 28, 2014
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 18
Caption: Philip Nusbaum w/ 2012 Zeitfunk           , Credit: Karen Van Norman
Inspired by a recent broadcast that featured story songs, towards the beginning of the show we hit the mother lode of story songs: those that tell ...

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  • Added: Apr 21, 2014
  • Length: 58:59
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Caption: Philip Nusbaum w/ 2012 Zeitfunk           , Credit: Karen Van Norman
Our broadcast opens with a couple of songs set in prison, one new and one old. On our Gem of Bluegrass we present a study of one means of compositi...

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  • Added: Apr 07, 2014
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Phil w/2013 Zeitfunk, Credit: Karen Van Norman
Dirt roads can symbolize stuff that’s real and in fact, there is a song called “Dirt Roads” by Wayne Taylor. We take off from there and play some o...

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  • Added: Mar 28, 2014
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Philip Nusbaum w/ 2012 Zeitfunk           , Credit: Karen Van Norman
Our program opens with a couple of envolope-pushing numbers that country star Dierks Bentley had a hand in. Then we open one of today’s thematic th...

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  • Added: Mar 17, 2014
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Phil w/2012 Zeitfunk, Credit: Karen Van Norman
Songwriter Paul Simon and bluegrass music: Paul writes frequently about the dark subjects bluegrass singers enjoy: breakups for example. We play a ...

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  • Added: Mar 04, 2014
  • Length: 59:30
  • Purchases: 14
Caption: Phil at work, Credit: Sejan Yun
Bluegrass is part of the oral tradition. As a result, a popular song like Molly and Tenbrooks is the subject of a lot of variations.

  • Added: Feb 09, 2014
  • Length: 05:19
Caption: Phil Nusbaum, Credit: Karen Van Norman
Our show opens with a couple of distinctive love songs. In each, one puts up a wall between the two. But in one song, the singer sees no hope, and...

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  • Added: Feb 09, 2014
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 15
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Early on we play a couple of songs by bluegrass artists Rhonda Vincent and Melanie Cannon that feature country singer, Willie Nelson. Then the Gem ...

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  • Added: Feb 03, 2014
  • Length: 58:59
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Caption: Philip Nusbaum w/ 2012 Zeitfunk, Credit: Karen Van Norman
After opening the show with current bluegrass, out Gem of Bluegrass feature concern the song organizing feature common to bluegrass and many kinds ...

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  • Added: Jan 26, 2014
  • Length: 59:00
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Travel has always been a great concern of human beings. The invention of the wheel made people more mobile, and the automobile, locomotive and flyi...

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  • Added: Jan 16, 2014
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Phil w/2013 Zeitfunk, Credit: Karen Van Norman
Early in the show, we play a couple of bluegrass songs named “Cry.” On our Gem of bluegrass, we take a look at the Reuben / Train 45 song complex. ...

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  • Added: Dec 19, 2013
  • Length: 59:08
  • Purchases: 18
Caption: Philip Nusbaum w/ 2012 Zeitfunk           , Credit: Karen Van Norman
Hard work is in the background of bluegrass, so we open with a couple of songs focused on just that. On the Gem of Bluegrass, we discuss cabins. So...

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  • Added: Dec 18, 2013
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 11
Caption: Phil w/ 2013 Zeitfunk, Credit: Karen Van Norman
Towards the beginning of the show, we play a couple of Larry Cordle compositions: one deals with a woman’s attitude about her ex‘s new flame and th...

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  • Added: Nov 24, 2013
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 14
Caption: Phil w/2013 Zeitfunk, Credit: Karen Van Norman
Our broadcast opens with new bluegrass by the Del McCoury band. Then, a couple of recent songs relating to mining coal. It’s a special Gem of Blueg...

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  • Added: Nov 19, 2013
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 16
Caption: Phil w/2012 Zeitfunk, Credit: Karen Van Norman
Broken hearted melodies begin our show today. And then comes a new song sung by Melody Walker and Jacob Groopman that comments that those with brok...

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  • Added: Nov 15, 2013
  • Length: 59:01
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Caption: Phil w/2012 Zeitfunk, Credit: Karen Van Norman
To some self-appointed music experts, bluegrass is simple. You know, even though songs can have more than 3 chords, people say that all they ever h...

  • Added: Oct 30, 2013
  • Length: 07:22