Category: Opinion / Humor

Quiz: Are you a bluegrass diva?

| December 7, 2016 | 0 Comments
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The concept of bluegrass “success” is a subjective one, especially in a world where the majority of bluegrass professionals hold at least an off-season day job (for what it’s worth, this was once true of professional athletes, too). Last week, I suggested that you can […]

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Are you a travel fussbudget?

| November 30, 2016 | 0 Comments
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How do we define “success” in the bluegrass music business? We certainly can’t do it by the standards used in the mass market music world, where success is considered to have been achieved when you own your own airplane and can no longer appear in […]

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Don’t fight… change the subject!

| November 23, 2016 | 0 Comments
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Thanksgiving is upon us. It’s a time when bluegrass musicians, sound engineers, event producers, etc. are all taking a break from their routines, and they’re all heading to a place called “home” (remember that?) or perhaps to a relative’s house. It’s a precious time of […]

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Dream a little dream of bluegrass

| November 16, 2016 | 0 Comments
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This is week 2 of “National Post-election Can-we-all-take-a-break-from-fighting-each-other-on-social-media Month.” A good way to celebrate is to just go to sleep. That’s what I did, and for that reason, I don’t have a new column for you this week. I did have some really weird dreams, […]

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What breed of dog are you?

| November 9, 2016 | 0 Comments
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I was trying to think of a good mindless escape from post-election analysis and the inevitable elation or depression you feel, depending on which horse you had money riding on. Even if you’re one of those who are happy with the result, you still have […]

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Don’t forget to vote for Nellie!

| November 2, 2016 | 0 Comments
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This will be my last column before the presidential race is all over, which means that one week from today, we in the bluegrass community can all go back to liking each other again. Back in the early days of this election, which seems like […]

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Looking back at World of Bluegrass 2016

| October 26, 2016 | 0 Comments
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The IBMA World of Bluegrass is now in the books (amazing that more than one book chronicles the history of bluegrass trade organization events), and now we can look back on it and take stock, or at least try to remember one or two things […]

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Jones of Bavaria… or Mittwoch von Hasebutter

| October 19, 2016 | 0 Comments
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Thanks to newly-acquired genetic information, I’ve discovered that I have Bavarian roots. Mark Stoffel, the Night Drivers’ mandolin player, who is half Bavarian, tells me he is half-pleased to hear this. In addition to being known for their outstanding pretzel and car-making ability, Bavarians are […]

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We have a winner!!

| October 12, 2016 | 0 Comments
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Well, that was fun. There were some outstanding entries in our IBMA World of Bluegrass Mad Libs contest, and it was hard to pick a winner, so in the end, I gave it to the first entry to use the word “bacon.” Some of the […]

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Bluegrass Mad Libs, IBMA edition

| October 5, 2016 | 0 Comments
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I was always a fan of the Mad Libs game. It’s at least as good a time-killer on the road as eating sunflower seeds in the shell, or guessing how long various bluegrass side musicians will last in their respective bands. If you’re not familiar […]

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