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With different bluegrass styles abundant nowadays, and many younger players only slightly aware of the music's origins, this punch list offers a bit more insight into a genre with a narrative that's often oversimplied by fans and scholars with preconceptions.

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This week's "Believe Your Ears" music podcast reviews Going Down To The River, the debut album by Doug Seegers, a 62 year old, Long Island-born Nashville street singer discovered by a Swedish documentary crew earlier this year.  A day after filming him, he was recording "River" in Cash Cabin, Johnny Cash's old home studio.

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Thanksgiving Jazz: Thelonious Monk's 'Stuffy Turkey'

Wednesday, 26 November 2014 08:16 AM Written by

50 years ago, pianist Thelonious Monk, one of the creators of bebop and among the most important and during pianists and composers in jazz, offered a characteristically quirky tune perfect for the holiday: "Stuffy Turkey.  It appeared on the 1964 Columbia album It's Monk's Time.  

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Motown Veteran Jimmy Ruffin: 1936-2014

Friday, 21 November 2014 06:30 AM Written by

Jimmy Ruffin's death at 78 in Las Vegas rang the curtain down on yet another Motown veteran. His younger brother David, formerly of the Temptations, died in 1991 of a drug overdose (making Jimmy a fervent opponent of drug use). Ruffin had three big singles, two reaching the Top Ten 14 years apart. All three remain memorable.

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PG Music Podcast: The Swon Brothers' Album Reviewed

Thursday, 20 November 2014 02:40 PM Written by


This week's "Believe Your Ears" PG Music podcast reviews the major label debut by Oklahoma's Swon Brothers, the close-harmony duo who came in third on The Voice last season and became popular because of their excellent vocal harmonies.

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'Sons of Anarchy's' Jazzy Car Chase Song-'Jacknife'

Wednesday, 19 November 2014 06:25 AM Written by

SPOILER ALERT: Do not read if you haven't watched the most recent episode of Sons of Anarchy, titled "Suits of Woe."

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Joe Negri Plays Pittsburgh Jazz Standards, 2014

Monday, 17 November 2014 06:28 AM Written by


On October 11, 2014 Joe Negri and his Quartet performed at the Oakland Forever festival. Among the tunes were compositions by two of Pittsburgh's best known jazz musicians: Earl "Fatha" Hines and Billy Strayhorn. The musicians were his regular group: pianist Max Leake, bassist Tony DiPaolis, bass and drummer Tom Wendt, drums.

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George Jones, Legendary Singer, Pretty Fair Guitarist

Friday, 14 November 2014 02:50 PM Written by

Everyone knows George Jones is considered by many the greatest country singer of all time, up there with his heroes Hank Williams, Sr., Roy Acuff and Lefty Frizzell. That was the case for over 40 years before he died in 2013 at age 81.  In my research for my Jones biography, however, I discovered another side of the musician seldom noted or heard: his skill as a guitar flatpicker.

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