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 #11 – Dear Santa

| December 9, 2011 | 3 Comments

Dear Santa, Before we get to this year’s list, I’d like to clean up a couple of loose ends from 2010. Last year you left me the wrong Homer & Jethro LP. I requested Cool Crazy Christmas; I got Old Crusty Minstrels. Normally, I wouldn’t […]

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Blue Yodel #10 – Quantum Lyrics

| December 2, 2011 | 10 Comments
Chris Stuart

I don’t know. Maybe I’ve been watching too much of the Brian Greene PBS series The Fabric of the Cosmos lately. It’s fascinating—things blow up and there’s talk about black holes and eleven dimensions. What I’ve learned is that somewhere there’s a dimension where I […]

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Blue Yodel #9: Ask Mr. Blue Grass Smarty Pants

| November 25, 2011 | 14 Comments

Welcome to the new and smarter Mr. Blue Grass Smarty Pants! With this installment we introduce Guest Artist With a Clue, Reader Questions, You Can’t Make This Stuff Up, contests, prizes, and actual bluegrass facts. Guest Artist With A Clue Our first guest artist is […]

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Blue Yodel #8 – Dear Joe Queenan

| November 14, 2011 | 5 Comments
Chris Stuart

Before reading this installment of Blue Yodel, you may want to (re)visit a recent reference by John Lawless to an article written by columnist Joe Queenan in the Wall Street Journal. Dear Joe Queenan, I’m writing from the year 2111—a full 100 years after your […]

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Blue Yodel #7 – Herschel Sizemore’s Rebecca

| November 8, 2011 | 6 Comments
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Occasionally in this column I’d like to look at a specific song and, if possible, talk to the songwriter about it. First up is Herschel Sizemore’s Rebecca, a bluegrass instrumental standard. I just heard a story from the respected and beloved mandolin player Herschel Sizemore […]

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Blue Yodel #6: Ask Mr. Blue Grass Smarty Pants

| November 1, 2011 | 9 Comments
Chris Stuart

Ask Mr. Blue Grass Smarty Pants appears at odd times in Blue Yodel. You can post questions or add comments below and we will make sure Mr. BGSP sees them and replies on what he calls the Wonderful World of Webs. This is his second […]

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Blue Yodel #5: 8 Myths About Bluegrass Songwriting

| October 25, 2011 | 4 Comments
Chris Stuart

I wish I could sell you something that would make you a better songwriter, but unfortunately, there’s no tablature for songwriters, no string gauges to change if the chorus isn’t working, no pearl inlay that will make you look deep into your soul. I did […]

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Blue Yodel #4 – Sissy Bounce Bluegrass

| October 13, 2011 | 19 Comments
Chris Stuart

While publicly I’m all for big tents that allow more people to be part of (or at least buy a ticket for) this thing we call bluegrass, personally I have a very narrow definition: Bluegrass is whatever Bill Monroe whistled in the shower between 1929 […]

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Blue Yodel #3 – The Complete Porter Mapes

| October 7, 2011 | 2 Comments
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[I receive these occasional emails from Porter Mapes, a bluegrass sideman who is living the life, as they say—not edited for spelling, grammar, or facts. I hope to hear more from him.]     From: portermapes@gmail.com To: chris@chrisstuart.com Date: Sep. 3, 2011 Hey Pal, Well, […]

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Blue Yodel #2: Ask Mr. Blue Grass Smarty Pants

| October 1, 2011 | 2 Comments
Chris Stuart

Ask Mr. Blue Grass Smarty Pants will appear at odd times in the Blue Yodel column. Please send questions and comments to chris@chrisstuart.com for possible use. Dear Mr. Blue Grass Smarty Pants, When was the Blue Grass music discovered and what was it doing before that? —Curious […]

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