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10 Bluegrass Songs Ready for RetirementLet’s blow up some balloons, get everyone’s signatures on the card, buy a Costco sheet cake, and send each of these bluegrass songs into their golden years with a loving swat on the rear. Buy that motorhome! See the country! Spend more time with your family! 10. “Man of Constant…
ListsAug 25, 2017

The first record I ever owned on vinyl was Roy Clark and Buck Trent’s Banjo Bandits. (Excellent record. Hokey, silly, bouncy, double banjo nirvana complete with bluegrass piano.) Roy Clark and Buck Trent eventually led me to Hee Haw, which gave me hours of entertainment and caused hundreds of that-joke-was-so-so-bad facepalms. The music, though, was first rate…

ListsJul 28, 2017

As the longest-running music program in television history, PBS’s Austin City Limits holds a very special place in music history. While the show was originally developed by Bill Arhos, Paul Bosner, and Bruce Scafe to feature the thriving music scene in Austin, Texas, it is now famous for bringing a wide variety of musical genres…

ListsJul 20, 2017

From the Monroe Brothers and the Stanley Brothers to Cherryholmes and Flatt Lonesome, the matching outfits, tight harmonies, and long-lasting careers of family bands are an integral part of what makes bluegrass bluegrass. Here are a few lesser-known, underrated, or too-often-forgotten family bands that you ought to spend some quality time with:The DillardsThe Dillards (Doug…

ListsJul 5, 2017

Lee Ann Womack: TBDThis Is the Kit: Moonshine FreezeWill Hoge: AnchorsTyler Childers: PurgatoryIron & Wine: Beast EpicSuzanne Santo: Ruby RedJoan Osborne: Songs of Bob DylanThe Orphan Brigade: Heart of the CaveEliot Bronson: JamesDavid Rawlings: Poor David's Almanackk.d. lang: Ingenue (reissue)-- Kelly McCartney* * *David Barbe: 10th of SeasIron & Wine: Beast EpicLoretta Lynn: Wouldn't It Be GreatJerry Douglas Band: What IfChris Stapleton: From A Room Vol.…

ListsJun 27, 2017

Back in 2008, NPR’s All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen and NPR Music producer Stephen Thompson went to see Portland-based singer/songwriter Laura Gibson at a bar in Austin, Texas. They left feeling frustrated after being unable to hear Gibson’s delicate sound over the roar of the bar-goers. But they also had a novel idea: Why not…