Posts Tagged ‘Bluegrass’

Beautiful Star Of Bethlehem

December 25, 2019

“Beautiful Star Of Bethlehem,” written by Arthur L. Phipps, performed by Ralph Stanley & the Clinch Mountain Boys.

The Judds also have an excellent version.

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Gangnam Style

November 24, 2018

“Gangnam Style” (강남스타일), written by Park Jae-sang (“Psy”) and Yoo Gun-hyung, as performed by The Cleverlys, 2013. “Gangnam Bluegrass-Style.” Would that be “Gingham Style”?

The Cleverlys website

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Single Ladies

November 6, 2016

“Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It),” written by Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter, Terius “The-Dream” Nash, Thaddis “Kuk” Harrell, and Christopher “Tricky” Stewart, performed by The Cleverlys.

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Don’t Think Twice It’s Alright

October 30, 2016

“Don’t Think Twice It’s Alright,” written by reticent Nobel laureate Bob Dylan, performed by the Infamous Stringdusters. Andy Falco (guitar), Chris Pandolfi (banjo), Andy Hall (resonator guitar), Jeremy Garrett (fiddle), Travis Book (bass).

Infamous Stringdusters website
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Another Night of Waiting

October 16, 2016

“Another Night of Waiting,” written by Leroy Preston, recorded by The Gibson Brothers in 1998.

Gibson Brothers website

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Love Stinks, Y’All

October 8, 2016

“Love Stinks,” written by Seth Justman and Peter Wolf, performed by the latter with an unidentified bluegrass band in 2016. Mr. Wolf recorded the original version with the J. Geils Band in 1980.

Peter Wolf website.

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I’m On Fire

August 7, 2016

“I’m On Fire,” written by Bruce Springsteen, interpreted by Town Mountain.

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DC Gentrification Displaces Bluegrass Music Radio

July 11, 2016

DC Gentrification Displaces Bluegrass Music Radio

WAMU, the Washington public radio station owned by American University, has broadcast Bluegrass music since 1967, but that will end on New Year’s Eve 2017. On Thursday afternoon the NPR affiliate announced it will stop over-the-air broadcasts of the “High Lonesome Sound” and seek a buyer for its online music service Bluegrass Country due to “tremendous demographic shifts” in the Washington DC area.

“From 1967 through the 70s and 80s, generous support from the bluegrass community allowed WAMU to expand. Today, WAMU’s Bluegrass Country is a 24/7 bluegrass music service broadcasting at 105.5 FM, HD on 88.5-2, and streaming on http://bluegrasscountry.org . Bluegrass Country’s social media includes a YouTube channel with over 4.4 million views.”

— “WAMU Seeks New Owner for Bluegrass Country,” WAMU website (links added)

Hey buddy, want to buy a radio station? Look here. If nobody buys Bluegrass Country by the end of December, the service will close, so listen while you can, right here (click on “listen live”).

More:

“WAMU Will Sell or Close Its Bluegrass Station,” Andrew Beaujon, Washingtonian

“Bluegrass Country seeks new owners,” John Lawless, Bluegrass Today

Related:

“Washington D.C., The Bluegrass Capitol – The Story of Bluegrass in Washington, DC,” a film by G.T. Keplinger [24:27]

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Ralph Stanley, 1927 – 2016

June 26, 2016

“Stairway to Heaven” (no, not that one), written by Bill J. Grant and Ralph Stanley, recorded by Ralph Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys.

More:

“Ralph Stanley, Whose Mountain Music Gave Rise to Bluegrass, Dies at 89,” Bill Friskics-Warren, New York Times

“Bluegrass great Ralph Stanley was one of our last links to an old America,” Geoffrey Himes, Washington Post

“Ralph Stanley’s Inimitable Voice,” David Cantwell, The New Yorker

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Footprints In The Snow

January 24, 2016

“Footprints In The Snow,” by the Osborne Brothers. Often attributed to Bill Monroe, who recorded a version in 1945, the song is much older.

More:

“Footprints in the Snow,” Wayne Erbsen, Bluegrass Today.

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