Author Archive: Chris Stuart

Chris Stuart is a writer and songwriter living in San Diego. He was the 2008 recipient of the IBMA Print Media Person of the Year award, co-writer of the 2009 IBMA Song of the Year, and past winner of the Merlefest Chris Austin Songwriting contest in bluegrass and gospel categories. You can follow him on Twitter @cvstuart, on Facebook, and at On Tuesdays you can find him having fish tacos at Roberto’s in Del Mar.

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The Moment

| October 7, 2013 | 3 Comments

Award shows usually disappoint. There’s so much that can go wrong, and even when things go right, the most that can often be said afterward is that awards were handed out and—in the case of the IBMA award show—music was played. You don’t expect a […]


Federal Oversight Of Language in Songs

| April 1, 2013 | 6 Comments
Chris Stuart

Greetings Bluegrass Fans, Once again I am forced to remove the dust cover from my Underwood typewriter and report to you a plot so heinous that it caused me to look up the word heinous. First, let me say that I am enjoying my bluegrass […]


Blue Yodel #58 – Holiday Poem 2012

| December 25, 2012 | 0 Comments
Chris Stuart

Dear friends upon the Internet, And Facebook pals I’ve never met, Let us pause in late December To gather ‘round and remember, The year that was two-thousand-twelve, (Old arguments for now let’s shelve). I’d have to say, if I were pressed, Twas not the worst, […]


Blue Yodel #57 – A Single Candle

| December 17, 2012 | 0 Comments
Chris Stuart

Death has crept near and far this week in unspeakable horror, to those we know and to those we hear about. Words are usually my comfort, but this past week has reminded me of the inadequacy of words to express the deepest sadness—the loss of […]


Blue Yodel #56 – Mr. Blue Grass Smarty Pants

| December 10, 2012 | 5 Comments
Mr. Bluegrass Smarty Pants

Our guest smarty pants this week has been called the Father of Bluegrass History—okay, I just called him that, but it’s apt. Neil Rosenberg is Professor Emeritus of Folklore at Memorial University of Newfoundland, a chair formerly held by Gandalf. Neil is also one of […]


Blue Yodel #55 – The Last Yellow Rose

| December 3, 2012 | 1 Comment
Chris Stuart

This has been a week that I know a lot of you have faced already: having to put a loved one into hospice care and then watch as—in my case, my mother—slowly, quickly passed away from us. Alpha Mell Stanley Stuart was 98 years old […]


Blue Yodel $54 – Bluegrass Tuesday Shopping Starts Today!

| November 26, 2012 | 3 Comments

Today is Cyber Monday, the day that robots everywhere break Isaac Asimov’s Three Laws of Robotics and take over the world. But while that’s happening, let’s shop! You may have already done your shopping on Black Friday (which started this year on Thanksgiving Thursday) or […]


Blue Yodel #53 – Dictionary of Bluegrass Slang

| November 19, 2012 | 8 Comments
Chris Stuart

This is Blue Yodel #53, the same number of times that local bluegrass band The Remington Riders of Free Dirt, Texas, played their signature song, Remington Ride, at a wedding on November 19, 1995. It was band policy to play the tune whenever someone requested […]


Blue Yodel #52 – White House Blues

| November 5, 2012 | 0 Comments
Chris Stuart

This is Blue Yodel #52, the same as the world-record number of strings broken by the band High Wind Advisory the night of December 5, 1983 in Delphi Plains, Ohio, when they attempted a bluegrass version of the rock opera, Tommy. I bring up Ohio only […]


Blue Yodel #51 – Bluegrass Bluesman

| October 29, 2012 | 2 Comments

I spent yesterday with Josh Graves by reading Bluegrass Bluesman: Josh Graves A Memoir, a collection of transcribed interviews given in the ’90s by the resonator guitar master. Expertly edited by Fred Bartenstein with help from a lot of good folks, which I’ll come back […]