Category: Opinion / Humor

Give it away, give it away, give it away now

| July 2, 2014 | 1 Comment
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We’re lucky in the bluegrass world. We’re still playing to audiences that actually buy CDs. Some artists in other genres aren’t even finding it worth the trouble to throw a box of them on to the bus before heading out. What’s happening is that the […]

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I saw what you did

| June 25, 2014 | 0 Comments
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The first time I saw the Osborne Brothers perform was at Hugo, Oklahoma, in the mid-70s (I’ll spare you the “I was 2 years old at the time” joke). Before the M.C. brought them on, he said, “MCA Records has asked that all tape recorders […]

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Could I get just a little more monitor?

| June 25, 2014 | 0 Comments
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This article is a contribution from Tom Feller. In addition to performing with Feller & Hill, Tom is an experienced studio engineer and live audio reinforcement specialist. He was inspired to write following this past week running sound at Bean Blossom. Touring bands may be […]

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Revisiting Bluegrass Groupies

| June 18, 2014 | 0 Comments
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This week, Chis Jones’ contribution is an encore presentation from 2011, or as Chris put it… “After a weekend that took us from Bean Blossom to Ontario, CA, then straight to Kaufman Kamp on a red-eye, I’m going to have to reach into the archives this week. […]

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From GrooveGrass to Pat Boone

| June 11, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Last week we discussed the blending of bluegrass music with other styles, including some that may not at first listen seem that compatible, like bluegrass and heavy metal, the fusion which kicked this whole subject off in the first place. Some combinations of styles don’t […]

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The Murder Chord and Bluegrass Fusion

| June 5, 2014 | 0 Comments
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I recently got a message from a musician with a band called Grandpa’s Cough Medicine (I was a little hurt that they rejected my band name idea, Grandpa’s Immunosuppressant Rheumatoid Arthritis Medicine, but I got over it). He suggested that I write something about the […]

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Tossing and turning in the key of B

| May 28, 2014 | 0 Comments
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A while back, I wrote a two-part series on bluegrass dream analysis. Since that time, for whatever reason, I’ve had almost no bluegrass-related dreams. Perhaps I had gotten them out of my system. In the last year, most of my dreams have been in the […]

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Bluegrass lyrics as a life coach

| May 21, 2014 | 0 Comments
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I’ve never been a fan of daytime talk shows and all the advice they dispense about everything from nutrition to finances to pet psychology. I’m not big on advice columns either (this isn’t one of those, is it?). One reason may be that they seem […]

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Again with the Monetizing

| May 14, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Ah, Facebook. We love it and we hate it, sometimes at the same time. And, best of all, just when we think we understand it, they change it on us. It’s enough to make you go back and revamp your MySpace page. I think I […]

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#SocialMediaResistance

| May 7, 2014 | 0 Comments
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This will be a two-part series on the use of social media by bluegrass artists and business people. The second part may be just one long rant. Those of us who are attempting to make a full or part-time living in this business have been […]

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