Bean Blossom

Photo by Chris Mosson | ASR

Photo by Chris Mosson | ASR

In 1951, father of Bluegrass Bill Monroe became smitten with the natural beauty of Brown County, IN and launched Bean Blossom in the Hoosier State. This festival is now world renowned as the Mecca of Bluegrass.  ASR’s Chris Mosson took in the 47th annual festival this summer and learned how this location helps these musicians, well, get to be SO GOOD.
Music:
“Mule Skinner Blues” written by Bill Monroe, performed by Big Country Bluegrass
“Christy Lynn” by Larry Gillis Band
“Friends at the Old Country Church” written by Hank Williams, performed by Hank Gruff and the Wasson Siblings.
“I’m Gonna Make it” by The Little Roy and Lizzie Show
“Foggy Mountain Breakdown” written by Earl Scruggs and Lester Flatts, performed by Little Roy and LIzzie Show
“Uncle Penn” written by Bill Monroe, performed by Bill Monroe and the bluegrass boys
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Pittsburgh, PA

Photo by Chaz Mottinger | ASR

Photo by Chaz Mottinger | ASR

“I can’t be blue in Bloomfield”–This episode of Local Nation, our gang discovers those lyrics from Pittsburgh rockers, The Harlan Twins, ring true. Join Kat Carlton as she takes you to Bloomfield, a quiet neighborhood with a surprisingly vibrant music scene. This episode of Local Nation was reported and produced by Kat Carlton with assistance from Casey Kuhn and Barton Girdwood. Photos for the episode were shot by ASR’s Chaz Mottinger.

 

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Music:
“Quiet Little” by The Harlan Twins
“Mama Jo” by The Harlan Twins
“I Can’t be Blue in Bloomfield” by The Harlan Twins

 

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Cincinnati, Ohio

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Local Nation’s back! ASR’s Kat Carlton leads us into Over-The-Rhine, an old Cincinnati neighborhood speckled with musicians of all calibers. Listen in and hear how the music scene grew with the revitalization of a once-dangerous and downtrodden neighborhood. Special thanks go out to Al Sigman for his live recording of The Kickaways at MOTR Pub and to photographers Rabi Abonour and Chaz Mottinger.

 

 

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Music Credits:
“Parted Ways,” by Heartless Bastards
“Only for You,” by Heartless Bastards
“Scrapple From The Apple,” trumpet solo by John Zappa

 

 

Milwaukee, Wisc.

Photo by Daniel Brown | ASR

Milwaukee, Wisc. is known for its eclectic neighborhoods, punk rock aesthetics and DIY spirit. In this episode of Local Nation, a group of seven ASR reporters headed north to check out Milwaukee’s music scene. We stopped by the Riverwest Public House, the second-only cooperatively owned bar in the country and home to one of Milwaukee’s most unique music venues, chatted with a local music expert from the Milwaukee Shepard Express, and visited the home of one of the town’s up-and-coming math rock acts for a Q&A and live session. This episode was hosted by Daniel Brown and produced by Kat Carlton. Reporters featured include Laura Sibley, Sarah Greengross, Daniel Brown, Kat Carlton  and Lee Shaw.

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Nashville, Tenn.

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Nashville, Tenn. is the birthplace of country music and often referred to as Music City, USA.  In this episode we take you inside an original honky-tonk, introduce you to a songwriter whose career has been shaped by a bright red suit and familiarize you with rising indie bands around Belmont University. Plus, we bring you a live studio session with Nashville’s own, The White Wall Gentleman. This episode was hosted by Heather Hourigan and produced by Daniel Brown. Reporters featured include Laura Sibley, Daniel Brown, Sarah Greengross  and Lee Shaw.

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Bloomington, Ind.

Photo by Daniel Brown | ASR

Located in the heart of the Midwest, Bloomington, Ind., is a cultural goldmine. In this episode of Local Nation, we explore Bloomington’s underground “basement show” scene and learn about some up-and-coming musicians who are attracting national attention. This episode was hosted by Daniel Brown and produced by Lee Shaw. Reporters featured include Heather Hourigan, Sarah Greengross and Lee Shaw.

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