Category: Funny stuff

Conflict resolution in bluegrass wordplay

| August 24, 2016 | 0 Comments
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I was in the recording studio for Mountain Home records all this past week, and sometime right before doing another take on our soon-to-be-released medley of I Did it My Way and Wagon Wheel (in German), Ty Gilpin remarked that all the adjectives we use […]

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Breaking up is hard to do… isn’t it?

| August 17, 2016 | 0 Comments
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There’s plenty to worry about in the world of bluegrass, if you’re the worrying sort. Even those that aren’t the worrying sort can get that way in an election year, so let’s go ahead and worry. We have the issue of voter participation in the […]

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Oh… so you think you’re special?

| August 10, 2016 | 0 Comments
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A question has arisen in the last couple of weeks about a growing IBMA mystery: what on earth happened to the Special Awards? If you’re not familiar with them, those are the awards that are given out during the Special Awards luncheon (the matching name […]

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Studio extravagance – goats or no goats

| August 3, 2016 | 0 Comments
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Dateline: Parsons, WV Greetings from Pickin’ In Parsons. It’s a very busy touring week for me and the Night Drivers, with a schedule that will take us from Stony Plain, AB to Pemi Valley, NH, and points in between, so any column I write this […]

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Just sign on the dotted line…

| July 27, 2016 | 0 Comments
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I’m taking this week off to recover from the stress of taking the previous week off. Therefore I’ve asked John Lawless to rerun a slightly edited version (I changed one “the” to an “a”) of a column I wrote a few years ago about artist […]

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Are you sure? No, I’m positive!

| July 20, 2016 | 0 Comments
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In many parts of our society, we place a high value on being positive. “Just stay positive,” we’re often told, even if we’ve just received the news that we have three months to live. Some countries are more positive than others, it turns out. According […]

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Bluegrass haiku for me and for you

| July 13, 2016 | 0 Comments
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I’ve recently had a few requests to revisit the bluegrass haiku, or at least to write a few more of them. The people making these requests have asked not to be identified; apparently there’s some shame connected with the bluegrass haiku, which I’m only now […]

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Songwriting workshop questions: murder ballads and root vegetables

| July 6, 2016 | 0 Comments
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‘Tis the summer festival and music camp season, and with that comes the workshop season. I thought of it because just today I was listing some of the potential workshops my band members and I might offer at a festival in Washington later this year. […]

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Remembering Ralph Stanley – without muffins

| June 29, 2016 | 0 Comments
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This is a column normally devoted to tongue-in-cheek coverage of bluegrass topics, faux advice, and the occasional bluegrass haiku, but one day after the public funeral of Ralph Stanley, I’m not exactly feeling in that spirit. There’s been eloquent writing about Ralph, I’m happy to […]

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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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