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 www.chrisstuart.com. On Tuesdays you can find him having fish tacos at Roberto’s in Del Mar.

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Blue Yodel #40 – Practice, Practice, Practice (Part 1)

| August 6, 2012 | 2 Comments
Chris Stuart

I practice all the time. Today I practiced watching the Olympics. This was after I practiced admiring how good my guitar looks in its stand. I practice that a lot. Later, I plan to practice eating barbecue, but I don’t want to push it—I haven’t […]

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Blue Yodel #39 – Ten Tips for Writing a Bad Song

| July 30, 2012 | 3 Comments
Chris Stuart

As a songwriter, I get a lot of people who come up and ask how I write such horrendous tripe and pass it off as music. Where does the gift of garble come from? And is there money in it? The American Society for Crap […]

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Blue Yodel #38 – Ask Mr. Blue Grass Smarty Pants

| July 23, 2012 | 9 Comments
Mr. Bluegrass Smarty Pants

Guest Trivia Master – Bill Evans This month’s guest is banjo maven Bill Evans, who again received second-place in the Most Famous Bill Evans in the World contest at the People Named Bill Evans conference held annually in Evansville, Indiana. (There is some reason for […]

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Blue Yodel #37 – Desert Island Discs

| July 16, 2012 | 2 Comments
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I hate lists. I have a to-do list that always seems to have the same ten items on it. It’s not so much a to-do list as a never-do list. What I do: I’ll do something, then write it down on my to-do list and […]

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Blue Yodel #36 – The Inertia Awards

| July 9, 2012 | 5 Comments
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Inertia: (noun) The resistance of any object to a change in its state of motion or rest, or the tendency of an object to resist any change. Wikipedia, p. 39,537,435. Further evidence of an IBMA conspiracy to promote bluegrass came to light last week when […]

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Blue Yodel #35 – The Crash Davis Guide to Bluegrass Interviews

| July 2, 2012 | 3 Comments
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You may remember a scene from perhaps the best baseball movie ever made, Bull Durham. (Come on, Field of Dreams? Not even top ten.) Crash Davis, played by Kevin Costner, is the aging catcher who gives advice to the rookie phenom, Ebby Calvin LaLoosh, played […]

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Blue Yodel #34 – The Complete Porter Mapes (cont.)

| June 25, 2012 | 0 Comments
Chris Stuart

[I receive these occasional emails from Porter Mapes, a bluegrass sideman living the life. The previous batch was posted in Blue Yodel #3.]   From: portermapes@gmail.com To: chris@chrisstuart.com Date: June 23, 2012 Hey Pal, Sorry it’s been so long since I wrote, but it’s not […]

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Blue Yodel #33 – Pomp & Bluegrass

| June 18, 2012 | 1 Comment
Chris Stuart

In the past few weeks, my daughter graduated from college and my son graduated from high school. I say this with a great deal of pride, but also with a certain sadness at how quickly life goes by—quickly, that is, compared with the snail’s march […]

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Blue Yodel #32 – Ask Mr. Blue Grass Smarty Pants

| June 11, 2012 | 8 Comments
Mr. Bluegrass Smarty Pants

Guest Trivia Master – Matt Glaser This month’s guest is a big shot fiddle player, who—it says on his bio—was originally inspired to play fiddle from “watching a corn chip commercial.” Come on, I mean, it was Fritos, right Matt? You were inspired by Fritos. […]

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Blue Yodel #31 – Sync or Swym

| June 4, 2012 | 2 Comments
Chris Stuart

No, Sync or Swym is not the latest single from IIIrd Tyme Out. Nor is it an old Welsh proverb. I just needed a title for this week’s Blue Yodel topic: sync rights. Wait! This is really fascinating stuff! I promise tales of lawyers, guns […]

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