Category: Opinion / Humor

Please speak slowly and clearly

| June 22, 2016 | 0 Comments
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There are just a few days left in IBMA second round voting, and some things have surprised me this time around: One is how few “for your consideration” solicitation emails I’ve actually received. Perhaps I’ve dropped off of mailing lists, and that can only be […]

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The round 2 IBMA nomination blues

| June 15, 2016 | 0 Comments
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If you follow the bluegrass church calendar at all, you know this week is known as the Feast of the Second Ballot. It’s a time when believers are urged to shun many of their usual worldly activities and spend the week in fervent self-promotion and […]

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Bluegrass fantasy camp for fans

| June 8, 2016 | 0 Comments
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We’re all adjusting to a world in which recordings and other music projects are being funded in new ways. Even established artists recording for established record labels are now using fan-driven funding campaigns to finance their work. This can either be looked at as a […]

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The Stanley Brothers: Hall of Fame Oversight

| June 2, 2016 | 0 Comments
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There’s a glaring omission at the Country Music Hall of Fame. The Stanley Brothers deserve to be there, and every year that goes by without their induction devalues those who are enshrined. “I’ve been angry about it. I’ve been perplexed about it. It’s been high […]

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How many characters does it take to spell out a bluegrass song?

| June 1, 2016 | 0 Comments
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I have to say, as objectively as I can, that one of the things I like best about satellite radio is the display that tells us what artist we’re listening to, and what the song title is. This technology has managed to solve what was […]

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Writes a great hook, and can stay back on the change up

| May 25, 2016 | 0 Comments
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Back in the days when I served on the IBMA Board, as I think I’d mentioned in a previous column, it was a simpler and less stressful time, a time before social media and the clip-on tuner. I also pointed out that my biggest accomplishment […]

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Okay, guys, let’s try the bass

| May 18, 2016 | 0 Comments
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I’m over in Scotland for the next week or so on what is supposed to be an actual vacation (I’ve never taken one of those), so I’ve asked John Lawless if I could rerun the sound series I wrote a few years ago. I didn’t […]

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I still can’t hear the banjo

| May 11, 2016 | 0 Comments
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I’m over in Scotland for the next week or so on what is supposed to be an actual vacation (I’ve never taken one of those), so I’ve asked John Lawless if I could rerun the sound series I wrote a few years ago. I didn’t […]

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Choose the “option” option and select “select”

| May 4, 2016 | 0 Comments
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Last week’s column about Facebook fan pages generated a few reader questions, and I wanted to field those before moving on to other subjects. I spoke to a young man who considers himself an expert in the area of social media, to see if he’d […]

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What IBMA Can Learn from Merlefest

| May 2, 2016 | 0 Comments
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Leaders of IBMA and the city of Raleigh can breathe a little easier now that another year of MerleFest is in the books. The annual four-day roots music extravaganza in Wilkesboro, NC, was the first major music festival held in the state since the controversial […]

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