Category: Opinion / Humor

Raw, Rested, and Ready

| August 26, 2015 | 0 Comments
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The recording of bluegrass music, both in the studio and in live performance has undergone a lot of changes in the past decade or two. We’ve seen the introduction of YouTube, digital editing and pitch correction, and the advent of the single-serve coffee machine in […]

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Where all the bears are friendly

| August 19, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Joe Lurgio recently contributed a thoughtful guest editorial about the stagnant nature of the IBMA Awards with suggestions about what might be done to keep the process updated. This prompted some give-and-take, which included discussion of the “big tent,” the “small tent,” plus a bonus […]

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Time for Action – an open letter to IBMA

| August 12, 2015 | 0 Comments
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This open letter to the International Bluegras Music Association is a contribution from Joe Lurgio, a former staff member of the Association. Prior to his time with the organization, Joe was a working artist performing with Three Tall Pines in Boston, while he labored in a day […]

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Post Literalism in bluegrass music

| August 12, 2015 | 0 Comments
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I think we may have a small problem in our world with bluegrass fundamentalism. I’m not referring to the desire on the part of some to define bluegrass music in some sort of legalistic terms with a set of rules and formulas that would be […]

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Could you repeat the question?

| August 5, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Greetings from New Haven, Connecticut, or at least that’s what the sign said on the exit. I’m here for the Podunk Bluegrass Festival just up the road in Hebron, having just wrapped up a wonderful week at the Augusta Heritage Center’s Bluegrass Week, a long-established […]

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Are you my Fearless Leader?

| July 29, 2015 | 0 Comments
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There are at least a few different categories of bluegrass band leader personalities. All have their good and bad points. There can be a wide range too, from the Benito Mussolini school of management, to the style of the touchy-feely “team coordinator” of a local […]

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Theme Time and other radiophonic devices

| July 22, 2015 | 0 Comments
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I have tended to shy away from themes in my radio work. With the classic bluegrass show I do for SiriusXM called Truegrass, I’ll occasionally do tributes to some of the bluegrass greats in honor of a special occasion like their birthday, their death, or […]

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Commentary: Why IBMA Matters

| July 20, 2015 | 0 Comments
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As regular readers of Bluegrass Today may remember, I am not always full of praise when I write about IBMA, some of its actions and some of its leaders. But I don’t think resigning from the organization or deciding not to attend World of Bluegrass […]

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Bluegrass, euphemistically speaking

| July 15, 2015 | 0 Comments
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What with the heart of the road season upon us and some extra radio work this week, I’m taking this Wednesday (and 15 minutes on Thursday) off. Here then is a column I wrote a couple of years ago about bluegrass euphemisms, in case you […]

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4 Ways to make the most of free exposure

| July 9, 2015 | 0 Comments
4 Ways to make the most of free exposure

Free exposure doesn’t have to lead to an endless parade of unpaid gigs. Here are 4 Ways to make the most of free exposure, build your fanbase, and start getting better gigs for your band.

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