Category: Print Reviews

High Lonesome Below Sea Level – a review

| August 10, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Bluegrass music was introduced to the Netherlands by US military service men and American Forces Network Broadcasting Service. It is likely that it was the case for western Europe; it was certainly so for Britain. Service men and European natives co-existed and so began a […]

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Ralph Peer and the Making of Popular Roots Music

| May 28, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Ralph Sylvester Peer is recognized for his part in the July/August 1927 Bristol, Tennessee, recording sessions which introduced Jimmie Rodgers and the Carter Family to the world. In Ralph Peer and the Making of Popular Roots Music, Barry Mazor relates the momentous events of that […]

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The Music of the Stanley Brothers – Gary B Reid

| March 2, 2015 | 0 Comments
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I have to declare upfront that I had a peek at an early draft of this book. Also, over the years (from about 1981), I have watched Reid gather together the building materials that have gone towards the writing of The Music of the Stanley Brothers.  […]

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Donna Ulisse shares some writing secrets

| August 5, 2014 | 0 Comments
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There’s a school of thought that says you can’t teach songwriting. Folks can either write lyrics and compose interesting melodies, or they can’t. But if the craft itself can’t be taught, those interested in pursuing it can gain some valuable perspective and timesaving advice by […]

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Pre War Dobros examined in new book

| July 21, 2014 | 0 Comments
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As is true for most students of the bluegrass instruments, resonator guitarists are especially enamored of the instruments made just prior to the US entry into WWII. In the late 1930s and early ’40s, almost all of the reso-guitars were being made by a pair of […]

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Kentucky Traveler – My Life in Music, a review

| January 13, 2014 | 2 Comments
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Kentucky Traveler – My Life in Music by Ricky Skaggs, with Eddie Dean I enjoyed Ricky Skaggs’ autobiography Kentucky Traveler, so help me, I really did. When I first heard of it I was skeptical, and afraid it would be sort of embarrassing somehow. I’ve […]

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Byron Berline – A Fiddler’s Diary

| December 5, 2013 | 0 Comments
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While it is a known fact that Blue Grass Boy Doug Green keeps a diary recording his activities, it isn’t so well known that another bluegrass musician did so. Well, in fact, this book is based on journal entries by Byron Berline’s wife Bette and […]

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Reflections on Aereo-plain

| July 26, 2013 | 4 Comments
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I have a vivid memory of the first time I ever heard John Hartford’s Aereo-Plain album. It was on vinyl; played on a record player that dated back to the time of the album’s release, with speakers stretching out to their wires’ limits to the deck […]

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A Review of Murphy Hicks Henry’s Pretty Good For A Girl

| July 19, 2013 | 7 Comments
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For those of you who might be in a hurry, here’s the abridged version right up front: Pretty Good For A Girl, Murphy Hicks Henry’s epic history of women in bluegrass music, is a magnificent and important work, and if you have any interest in […]

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Lonesome Melodies: A Review

| March 26, 2013 | 2 Comments
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The level of excitement peaks when anticipating a book about one of the elite members of our bluegrass community. Such was the case when there was news of the completion of David W. Johnson’s book about the Stanley Brothers, Lonesome Melodies: The Lives and Music […]

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