Category: Funny stuff

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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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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