Category: Funny stuff

For Memorial Day, proceed to the route

| May 20, 2015 | 0 Comments
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The Memorial Day weekend is sort of a milestone in the year. It’s the unofficial start of summer. The fashion people also tell us it’s now okay to wear white shoes (lime green leisure suit optional). Canada celebrates a long weekend the week before, this […]

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Euphemistically elevated employment explications

| May 12, 2015 | 0 Comments
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I received a promotional email from a publicist (not a “for-your-consideration-vote-for-me-in-the-first-round” email, not that there’s anything wrong with that) that had a wonderful detail in it that I almost missed: it was a music business job title that was nothing short of inspired. There was […]

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Are you afraid of bluegrass music?

| May 6, 2015 | 0 Comments
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The first ballot for the IBMA awards has gone out. Did you receive a “for your consideration” mass e-mail from me or one of my surrogates? I hope not, because I didn’t send one (not that I wouldn’t love to have your vote). That means […]

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Thinking of retirement? Think again

| April 29, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Last week here, we discussed what careers might be appropriate for a professional bluegrass musician who has taken the daring and rare step of actually retiring. It should be noted that the few bluegrass musicians who do quit the business tend to come back within […]

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Is there life after bluegrass… even for banjo players?

| April 22, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Is there possible gainful employment after being a professional bluegrass musician most of your life? I realize it’s a question that very few full time bluegrass pros ever ask, because they almost never retire. Sometimes they stop working, but that’s not necessarily the same thing. No, […]

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The Story Before The Song

| April 15, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Even if I’ve seemed dazed and/or confused by the origins of some of the songs we sing, I was nonetheless thrilled to recently discover a whole set of prequels to some of these traditional standards. They were collected by the renowned ethnomusicologist Dr. William “Squeaky” […]

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Seven syllables of grass, and The Rebel Soldier

| April 8, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Though I respect people who chose this profession, I’m glad I never became an ethnomusicologist. For one thing, it’s a non-German word with seven syllables (one more than “paleontologist” or “mandolin-playing-guy”), and that requires a permit to use, which I’ve applied for but not yet […]

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Do you haiku, part deaux

| April 1, 2015 | 0 Comments
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It seems like so long ago now, back before the time change, even, that I wrote a little article here on bluegrass haiku. Some loved it, others hated it, but almost everyone had some kind of reaction to the hyper-condensed haiku version of The Rebel […]

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Down in the wildwood, sittin’ on a log

| March 25, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Last week we reran a column of mine about aggressive song-pitching, and I got this email: Hi Chris, I’m a songwriter who just moved to Nashville, and so far I can’t complain. I’ve gotten a song recorded by the bluegrass band Melon Rydge, and on […]

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Pitch and catch, bluegrass style

| March 18, 2015 | 0 Comments
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I’m deep in recording studio land in North Carolina this week,. That’s a good thing, but it has left me little time for blogging, jogging, or even seeing daylight. For that reason, I offer up this column from last April on song-pitching: There’s a perception […]

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