Category: Opinion / Humor

The one and only Dixie Hall

| January 21, 2015 | 0 Comments
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This little weekly bit of journalistic goofing-off has been my attempt at a humor/faux advice/anti-commentary column. Yes, I’ve attempted to be funny, and I’ll leave you to judge if, or when I’ve succeeded. This week, though, I’m not feeling all that funny. One of my […]

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2015 Bluegrass Music General Knowledge Quiz

| January 14, 2015 | 0 Comments
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It’s time, as promised, for our annual Bluegrass Music General Knowledge Quiz (a registered trademark, all rights reserved, void in Louisiana and Hawaii and no one knows why). We all have friends who are trivia experts of some kind, like the historian-types and political junkies […]

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Most boring bluegrass stories of 2014

| January 7, 2015 | 0 Comments
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We were going to have the second form of quiz this week, the annual bluegrass general knowledge test, but first we need to deal with some other January business: the annual recap of the the most boring stories in bluegrass music in 2014. I don’t […]

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The Vocal Minority – IBMA Edition

| January 5, 2015 | 0 Comments
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This commentary is a contribution from four former members of the Board of Directors of the International Bluegrass Music Association. All four, Henri Deschamps, Craig Ferguson, Elizabeth Wightman, and Brian Smith, resigned from the Board following a dispute with the Chair, Jon Weisberger, shortly after […]

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New Year’s 2015 bluegrass quiz

| December 31, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Well, we’ve come to the end of the calendar year (my personal year came to an end in November), and what I usually like to do at this time of year, besides put on a silly party hat and hum Auld Lang Syne slightly out […]

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Merry Christmas from Chris Jones

| December 24, 2014 | 0 Comments
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The following is a column which was originally posted last Christmas Day. You probably didn’t read it at the time. I know I didn’t. Since I managed to pound one out last Christmas Day, I decided I was entitled to take Christmas Eve off this […]

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Don’t do it twice – it’s not that nice

| December 17, 2014 | 0 Comments
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There are lots of things we need to be careful of in the holiday season, like making sure we remember where we parked in a crowded shopping mall lot, or making sure not to leave gluten-free cookies out for Santa Claus (St. Nick is on […]

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Who brings a banjo to a Christmas party?

| December 10, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Last week it was my birthday, which I spent flying from some place to some place else (I probably should have looked at the boarding pass). In any case, I’m here, but I’m celebrating my birthday late by taking the day off, eating cake and […]

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Proposition: the IBMA Book of Records

| December 3, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Whatever the future makeup of the IBMA Board of Directors might be in an ideal world (heaven), whether it have 16 members or 5 members, whether it be human, canine, or asenine, there’s something I really wish its members would consider (because of course they […]

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A suggestion for IBMA Governance and Management Architecture

| December 1, 2014 | 0 Comments
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This commentary is a contribution from Henri Deschamps, long tine supporter of the International Bluegrass Music Association, and a recently resigned member of their Board of Directors. Henri has a lifetime of experience in business, where he has achieved substantial success, and has served on multiple […]

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