Thanks to newly-acquired genetic information, I’ve discovered that I have Bavarian roots. Mark Stoffel, the Night Drivers’ mandolin player, who is half Bavarian, tells me he is half-pleased to hear this. In addition to being known for their outstanding pretzel and car-making ability, Bavarians are […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
[I receive these occasional emails from Porter Mapes, a bluegrass sideman living the life. The previous batch was posted in Blue Yodel #3.] From: email@example.com To: firstname.lastname@example.org Date: June 23, 2012 Hey Pal, Sorry it’s been so long since I wrote, but it’s not […]
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. […]