Category: Funny stuff

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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Bluegrass Free Trade Agreements

| March 11, 2015 | 0 Comments
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I had promised to bring up the thorny issue of the “CD trade” this week, but I’m sorry to say that I’ve chickened out, so I’m going to fall back on yet another article on band names. Just kidding; I’ll go ahead and brave it. […]

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Open wide, and sing ahhhhhhhh

| March 4, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Last week in this space I discussed various counterintuitive business ideas, both good and bad, from giving music away, to touring exclusively in northern climates in the winter. The subject generated both interesting comments and some spirited emails and social media response. Yes, there was […]

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Counterintuitive business strategies for bluegrass bands

| February 25, 2015 | 0 Comments
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The word “counterintuitive” has definitely earned its place among the most overused words and phrases of the last 10 years, like “frankly” (the favorite of politicians, and that may cover the last 20 years), “twerk,” “going forward,” “at the end of the day,” and “rock […]

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Ripping, pounding, throbbing bluegrass band names

| February 18, 2015 | 0 Comments
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This week, while iced in in Nashville, TN, I was going to discuss the concept of the band name subtitle, and I still am, but I realized that I had teased you a little bit last week with the reprinting of my first column on […]

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Phantom goat calls and bluegrass band names

| February 11, 2015 | 0 Comments
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I’m in the recording studio all this week at Crossroads Studios in North Carolina. If I actually wrote a new column, it would go something like this. “Well, do we like that, or should we try another pass?” “Am I the only one who heard […]

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We are Shoferët e Natës

| February 4, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Early on in the life of this column, I wrote a series on naming your bluegrass band, offering various ideas depending on what kind of band you were seeking to name, and even suggesting some band-naming formulas. This week, my intention was to explore the […]

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