Category: Opinion / Humor

It’s All in the Family – sibling rivalry in bluegrass

| November 27, 2014 | 0 Comments
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The following bluegrass Thanksgiving reflection is a contribution from James Reams. It’s All in the Family: Sibling Rivalry Between Bluegrass and Old-Time is Just Part of Being Family Thanksgiving ⎯ it’s not a lukewarm kind of holiday. You either look forward to it or you dread […]

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Thanks… Thanks a lot

| November 26, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Earlier in the week I was thinking I should weigh in on the recent IBMA board of directors controversy. You know, the one described by one noted bluegrass sage as “the worst crisis in the IBMA since the Galt House elevators failed to stop on […]

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An open letter to IBMA from Art Menius

| November 23, 2014 | 0 Comments
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This commentary is a contribution from Art Menius, who has been involved with the International Bluegrass Music Association since its inception. He delivered it to the IBMA Board last week, prior to their official meeting on November 19, and has asked us to run it […]

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For IBMA, Time For A Change

| November 21, 2014 | 0 Comments
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It’s time for Jon Weisberger to resign as the chairman of IBMA’s board of directors. I don’t say that lightly. As a lifetime member of the organization, I’ve put $1,000 where my mouth is because I believe in bluegrass music, earn part of my living […]

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How to annoy friends and alienate people online

| November 19, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Those of us who are self-employed players of bluegrass music do something on a regular basis that Lester Flatt, Carter Stanley, and Ernest Granham never had to bother with (don’t feel bad if you don’t recognize that third name; I just made it up): we […]

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Kick it up a notch in 2015

| November 12, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Are you in the music business, bluegrass or otherwise? Is 2015 the year you plan to take your business to the next level by kicking it up a notch, thinking outside the box, marching to the beat of a different drummer, and using as many […]

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Cassette tapes – the next big thing in bluegrass

| November 5, 2014 | 0 Comments
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You know not to throw things away that have gone out of style, don’t you? That skinny tie you wore in the ‘80s (or perhaps in the early ‘60s) is back. The 100% polyester/plastic “trucker hat” you had thrown away because of the oil stain […]

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Two Meatballs in the Sand – Mangled Bluegrass Song Lyrics

| October 31, 2014 | 0 Comments
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I guess you can say I’ve had a love affair with words almost since before I learned to talk. Since moving to North Carolina from California in 1972, I’ve learned that a “minner dipper” is a mandolin, a “scratch box” is a fiddle, and a […]

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Pouco Bessie with guava nectar

| October 29, 2014 | 0 Comments
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The Night Drivers and I have just completed what I believe is the world’s second shortest European tour. The world’s shortest European tour involved a band that just took their instruments out at the baggage claim of Amsterdam Schipol airport, played Salty Dog Blues, collected […]

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6 weeks in Myanmar, and other folk tales

| October 22, 2014 | 0 Comments
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I’m in Scotland at the moment, and I’m taking a couple of Wednesdays off to clear my head and think of new jokes involving banjos, haggis, and curling. Meanwhile, though, during a recent seminar at the IBMA World of Bluegrass on the subject of “gigging […]

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