Category: Funny stuff

What’s wrong with bluegrass?

| August 27, 2014 | 0 Comments
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It’s been a while since we discussed the IBMA breakaway organization, the ABMA, which stands for the Argumentative Bluegrass Music Association. They formed a few years ago and built themselves on the principle that nothing advances our music more than arguing about it. They held […]

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Free bluegrass personality test

| August 20, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Some people have difficulty in the music field because they discover too late that they’re in the wrong side of the business for their personality. A person who is a wonderful sideman or woman may be a disaster as a band leader. The same leadership […]

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Bluegrass band retention strategies

| August 13, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Last week I promised to give a few tips for band leaders on how to keep band members longer. Or, if that really isn’t a big priority for you (and for some band leaders it isn’t), a few suggestions on how to get rid of […]

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Friends Forever!

| August 6, 2014 | 0 Comments
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What makes some bands stay together for years and others have perpetual personnel changes? If you answered, “the one that stays together for years has never taken a current band photo or purchased an expensive vehicle together,” congratulations! You’re a regular reader, and I really […]

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What I did at Summer Kamp

| July 30, 2014 | 0 Comments
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‘Tis the season for the bluegrass music camp, and my band and I just returned recently from a great week at Camp Bluegrass, held annually at South Plains College in Levelland, TX. In a typical music camp of any kind, there are the regular instrument classes […]

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Band photos – don’t do it!

| July 23, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Chris Jones has found himself stuck in a whirlwind this week, and has offered this re-run of one of his first columns for our enjoyment. Quite some time ago (I think it was just after the breakup of Flatt & Scruggs and the Beatles) I […]

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Did I just see a Del McCoury blimp?

| July 16, 2014 | 0 Comments
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“For Your Consideration.” We all have seen that phrase more than a few times in the past few days, now that the first round of IBMA awards balloting has been tabulated. It’s the generic introduction to a solicitation for votes, in this case for the […]

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Peaches and Pandora

| July 9, 2014 | 0 Comments
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This being peach season in the south, my original plan for this week was to write a column about the use of peaches in bluegrass lyrics through the years (as in, “You don’t like my peaches, don’t shake my tree,” etc.). However, my article last […]

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Give it away, give it away, give it away now

| July 2, 2014 | 1 Comment
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We’re lucky in the bluegrass world. We’re still playing to audiences that actually buy CDs. Some artists in other genres aren’t even finding it worth the trouble to throw a box of them on to the bus before heading out. What’s happening is that the […]

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I saw what you did

| June 25, 2014 | 0 Comments
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The first time I saw the Osborne Brothers perform was at Hugo, Oklahoma, in the mid-70s (I’ll spare you the “I was 2 years old at the time” joke). Before the M.C. brought them on, he said, “MCA Records has asked that all tape recorders […]

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