Category: Funny stuff

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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What’s your BKR? Take the test and find out!

| April 6, 2016 | 0 Comments
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Here it is April already and I’ve completely neglected the annual bluegrass quiz, which was originally intended to be a New Year’s feature. That’s just the way the first quarter of this year has been going. I expect to get started on my taxes next […]

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Would you like some logo-stamped artisan batteries with that?

| March 30, 2016 | 0 Comments
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We could learn a thing or two from The Roosevelts. I’m not referring to the recent Ken Burns series, but rather to a self-described “southern-raised indie rock” duo out of Nashville. These Roosevelts are breaking some new ground in the area of artist merchandising: they’re […]

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2016 Tax Tips For the Bluegrass Musician

| March 23, 2016 | 0 Comments
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The first day of spring has past, Easter’s almost here, and that means that it’s time for our annual feature (except for the years when I forget to do it): Tax Tips For the Bluegrass Musician. For those who have just begun playing music professionally, […]

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Compression in bluegrass titling

| March 16, 2016 | 0 Comments
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I realize that there are musical rays of hope that break through the radio barrier periodically, but I still try to avoid most of the offerings of current pop music, and the same goes for “New Country.” Still, it’s almost impossible to shut this stuff […]

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A look back at the rules of jamming

| March 9, 2016 | 0 Comments
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I got so caught up with reading the fine points of the Hawaii exit polls (where I detected just a hint of pineapple in the voting trends), that I let my Wednesday morning deadline slip my mind entirely. Here, then, is a slightly used-yet-still-relevant column […]

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Politics in bluegrass, or evangelical dentists in Texas

| March 2, 2016 | 0 Comments
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Today is post-Super Tuesday Wednesday, sometimes called “Un-super Wednesday,” or “Super Tuesday Boxing Day” in Canada. By now we’ve all gotten our fill of exit polls with need-to-know statistics, like the fact that Ted Cruz managed to get 70% of the coveted evangelical dentist demographic, […]

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More bluegrass for you, Thing One and Thing Two

| February 24, 2016 | 0 Comments
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Every now and then, I run across something in the social media realm that catches my attention, and that thankfully has nothing at all to do with presidential candidates or Kanye West. It’s the kind of thing that causes me to shout to the hills, […]

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Bluegrass – now with 40% fewer songs in the key of B!

| February 17, 2016 | 0 Comments
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I was noticing a fast food chain’s recent claim that their bacon was now made from pork raised “without the use of antibiotics,” and I was reminded again that what’s popular today can so easily become unpopular tomorrow. It seems like only yesterday (Monday at […]

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You probably don’t care anyway…

| February 10, 2016 | 0 Comments
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It’s time once again for our annual feature, The Most Boring Stories in Bluegrass. It’s a look back at the most uninteresting developments in our industry in the past year. This is published every year on whatever day I get around to it, but the […]

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