Category: Bluegrass Songwriting News

Artist2Artist: Meaning Beyond The Verse

| January 5, 2015 | 0 Comments
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“Right now, I think we need writers who know the difference between the production of a market commodity and the practice of an art.” – Ursula Le Guin There are lyrics which transcend the words that are chosen, rising above the ink used and the […]

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Delmore Dedication Vol 3: Blues Stay Away From Me

| December 25, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Early country stars, the Delmore Brothers were huge influences on not only bluegrass and country music, but blues, folk, rock and roll, and more. The Delmore Brothers received a long overdue Distinguished Achievement Award from the International Bluegrass Music Association in 2014, recognizing their lasting […]

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Delmore Dedication Vol 2: Will You Be Lonesome, Too?

| December 24, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Early country stars, the Delmore Brothers were huge influences on not only bluegrass and country music, but blues, folk, rock and roll, and more. The Delmore Brothers received a long overdue Distinguished Achievement Award from the International Bluegrass Music Association in 2014, recognizing their lasting […]

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Songwriting Escape heading your way

| November 10, 2014 | 0 Comments
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I didn’t get to chat with Donna Ulisse this year at the World of Bluegrass as I often do, though she has recently shared some news with us about a venture she is launching in 2015. She is calling it Songwriting Escape, her name for a weekend workshop that focuses […]

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Hazel Dickens song contest from DCBU

| October 28, 2014 | 0 Comments
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When the DC Bluegrass Union launched their songwriting competition this year, it was a simple decision to name it in honor of Hazel Dickens, a nearly-native daughter who spent much of her life based in the Baltimore/Washington area. Born in West Virginia in 1935, Hazel […]

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Louisa Branscomb and Nu-Blu songwriter workshops

| September 12, 2014 | 0 Comments
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As popular music keeps getting bigger, brighter, louder and more bombastic, we see more and more people drop off the other end. Looking for an expression of something genuine – something that can touch them using words and music, without laser lights, exploding stage props, or frequent costume […]

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The Story behind the Song – Just to Hear the Whistle Blow

| August 12, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Just to Hear the Whistle Blow was written by Tim Stafford and Steve Gulley in late 2012 or early 2013. They wrote their first tune together in 2003 and have written around 75 songs, not all of which have seen the light of day. Train […]

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Songwriter Profile – Milan Miller

| July 28, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Milan Miller started learning guitar around the age of five. Guitar is his primary instrument, but he also plays the mandolin, bass, piano, and “just enough banjo and Dobro to get myself into trouble.” Miller’s song catalog includes such Balsam Range staples as Calloway County […]

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The Story Behind the Song – Cloud of Dust

| June 27, 2014 | 1 Comment
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Cloud of Dust was written John Cloyd Miller, the vocalist, mandolin and guitar player for Red June, a trio hailing from Asheville, North Carolina. Miller is a versatile singer/songwriter, the winner, with Cloud of Dust, of the 2013 Chris Austin Songwriting Contest staged at MerleFest. […]

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Songwriter Profile – Dave Carroll

| June 20, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Dave Carroll was born August 7, 1964, in Ashland, Kentucky. Although Carroll was always fascinated with music, he didn’t learn to play guitar until he was 17 years old. Carroll was motivated to learn to play bluegrass guitar when he attended a bluegrass concert in […]

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