Category: Opinion / Humor

Pre-event conditioning for World of Bluegrass

| September 21, 2016 | 0 Comments
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The very first column I wrote for Bluegrass Today was about maintaining your health during the stressful IBMA World of Bluegrass week. Most of the advice I gave was either discredited or just laughed at, and not for the right reasons. I wasn’t surprised: health […]

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Cabins, murder ballads, and grain temperature analysis

| September 14, 2016 | 0 Comments
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This is the third and final part of a four-part series on description and categorization of music, and the challenges of counting the number of parts in a series. We had been discussing ways to describe your own music or band, and then to attempt […]

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Phrasal template publicity for bluegrass bands

| September 7, 2016 | 0 Comments
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Last week, we discussed categorization of music, pro and con, and the inevitable subcategorization of it. It was my suggestion that, rather than resist it, as musicians long to do (“it’s just my music, man, you dig?”), we should embrace it and learn to subcategorize […]

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What did you call me?

| August 31, 2016 | 0 Comments
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Human beings love to classify things. That’s why we have a periodic table (at least I think we still have a periodic table). And, in 2016, human beings love to subdivide into ever more specialized subcategories. That’s why we have so many Grammy categories and […]

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Conflict resolution in bluegrass wordplay

| August 24, 2016 | 0 Comments
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I was in the recording studio for Mountain Home records all this past week, and sometime right before doing another take on our soon-to-be-released medley of I Did it My Way and Wagon Wheel (in German), Ty Gilpin remarked that all the adjectives we use […]

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Breaking up is hard to do… isn’t it?

| August 17, 2016 | 0 Comments
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There’s plenty to worry about in the world of bluegrass, if you’re the worrying sort. Even those that aren’t the worrying sort can get that way in an election year, so let’s go ahead and worry. We have the issue of voter participation in the […]

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Oh… so you think you’re special?

| August 10, 2016 | 0 Comments
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A question has arisen in the last couple of weeks about a growing IBMA mystery: what on earth happened to the Special Awards? If you’re not familiar with them, those are the awards that are given out during the Special Awards luncheon (the matching name […]

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Studio extravagance – goats or no goats

| August 3, 2016 | 0 Comments
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Dateline: Parsons, WV Greetings from Pickin’ In Parsons. It’s a very busy touring week for me and the Night Drivers, with a schedule that will take us from Stony Plain, AB to Pemi Valley, NH, and points in between, so any column I write this […]

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Just sign on the dotted line…

| July 27, 2016 | 0 Comments
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I’m taking this week off to recover from the stress of taking the previous week off. Therefore I’ve asked John Lawless to rerun a slightly edited version (I changed one “the” to an “a”) of a column I wrote a few years ago about artist […]

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Are you sure? No, I’m positive!

| July 20, 2016 | 0 Comments
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In many parts of our society, we place a high value on being positive. “Just stay positive,” we’re often told, even if we’ve just received the news that we have three months to live. Some countries are more positive than others, it turns out. According […]

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