Category: Opinion / Humor

Counterintuitive business strategies for bluegrass bands

| February 25, 2015 | 0 Comments
jones_th

The word “counterintuitive” has definitely earned its place among the most overused words and phrases of the last 10 years, like “frankly” (the favorite of politicians, and that may cover the last 20 years), “twerk,” “going forward,” “at the end of the day,” and “rock […]

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Ripping, pounding, throbbing bluegrass band names

| February 18, 2015 | 0 Comments
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This week, while iced in in Nashville, TN, I was going to discuss the concept of the band name subtitle, and I still am, but I realized that I had teased you a little bit last week with the reprinting of my first column on […]

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Phantom goat calls and bluegrass band names

| February 11, 2015 | 0 Comments
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I’m in the recording studio all this week at Crossroads Studios in North Carolina. If I actually wrote a new column, it would go something like this. “Well, do we like that, or should we try another pass?” “Am I the only one who heard […]

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We are Shoferët e Natës

| February 4, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Early on in the life of this column, I wrote a series on naming your bluegrass band, offering various ideas depending on what kind of band you were seeking to name, and even suggesting some band-naming formulas. This week, my intention was to explore the […]

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To stream or not to stream

| February 2, 2015 | 0 Comments
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An issue much on the minds of performing artists and songwriters these days is the rapid growth of streaming audio services like Pandora or Spotify, which offer targeted music streams designed to follow the tastes of individual listeners, but which fall outside the legislation controlling […]

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Do you haiku?

| January 28, 2015 | 0 Comments
jones_th

I was reminded recently by Ned Luberecki that I had once written a bluegrass haiku that went as follows: late in the evening Uncle Pen played the fiddle why did he do that? This led me to think that we were overdue for a discussion […]

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The one and only Dixie Hall

| January 21, 2015 | 0 Comments
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This little weekly bit of journalistic goofing-off has been my attempt at a humor/faux advice/anti-commentary column. Yes, I’ve attempted to be funny, and I’ll leave you to judge if, or when I’ve succeeded. This week, though, I’m not feeling all that funny. One of my […]

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2015 Bluegrass Music General Knowledge Quiz

| January 14, 2015 | 0 Comments
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It’s time, as promised, for our annual Bluegrass Music General Knowledge Quiz (a registered trademark, all rights reserved, void in Louisiana and Hawaii and no one knows why). We all have friends who are trivia experts of some kind, like the historian-types and political junkies […]

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Most boring bluegrass stories of 2014

| January 7, 2015 | 0 Comments
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We were going to have the second form of quiz this week, the annual bluegrass general knowledge test, but first we need to deal with some other January business: the annual recap of the the most boring stories in bluegrass music in 2014. I don’t […]

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The Vocal Minority – IBMA Edition

| January 5, 2015 | 0 Comments
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This commentary is a contribution from four former members of the Board of Directors of the International Bluegrass Music Association. All four, Henri Deschamps, Craig Ferguson, Elizabeth Wightman, and Brian Smith, resigned from the Board following a dispute with the Chair, Jon Weisberger, shortly after […]

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