Category: Funny stuff

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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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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Facebook fan pages: dos and don’ts

| April 27, 2016 | 0 Comments
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Ever since Facebook came on the scene, making people in vast portions of the world up to 58% less productive in their lives, bluegrass musicians, bands, associations, and other related businesses have tried to use it for promotional and networking purposes, with mixed success. When […]

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The dreaded gender switch in song lyrics

| April 20, 2016 | 0 Comments
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Last week, I experimented with changing lyrics to some of our time-honored murder ballads, and most agreed with me that the results were less-than ideal, even though some lives were saved in the process. Some would even suggest that it’s never appropriate to change the […]

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Thomas Bowdler examines bluegrass lyrics

| April 13, 2016 | 0 Comments
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I heard recently from a SiriusXM listener who was bothered by the fact that we seem to play a lot of violent–even brutal–songs. She made the point that there was already plenty of violence in our media and culture, and that bluegrass music shouldn’t be […]

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