Category: Opinion / Humor

Bluegrass haiku for me and for you

| July 13, 2016 | 0 Comments
jones_th

I’ve recently had a few requests to revisit the bluegrass haiku, or at least to write a few more of them. The people making these requests have asked not to be identified; apparently there’s some shame connected with the bluegrass haiku, which I’m only now […]

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Songwriting workshop questions: murder ballads and root vegetables

| July 6, 2016 | 0 Comments
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‘Tis the summer festival and music camp season, and with that comes the workshop season. I thought of it because just today I was listing some of the potential workshops my band members and I might offer at a festival in Washington later this year. […]

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Remembering Ralph Stanley – without muffins

| June 29, 2016 | 0 Comments
jones_th

This is a column normally devoted to tongue-in-cheek coverage of bluegrass topics, faux advice, and the occasional bluegrass haiku, but one day after the public funeral of Ralph Stanley, I’m not exactly feeling in that spirit. There’s been eloquent writing about Ralph, I’m happy to […]

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Please speak slowly and clearly

| June 22, 2016 | 0 Comments
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There are just a few days left in IBMA second round voting, and some things have surprised me this time around: One is how few “for your consideration” solicitation emails I’ve actually received. Perhaps I’ve dropped off of mailing lists, and that can only be […]

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The round 2 IBMA nomination blues

| June 15, 2016 | 0 Comments
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If you follow the bluegrass church calendar at all, you know this week is known as the Feast of the Second Ballot. It’s a time when believers are urged to shun many of their usual worldly activities and spend the week in fervent self-promotion and […]

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Bluegrass fantasy camp for fans

| June 8, 2016 | 0 Comments
jones_th

We’re all adjusting to a world in which recordings and other music projects are being funded in new ways. Even established artists recording for established record labels are now using fan-driven funding campaigns to finance their work. This can either be looked at as a […]

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The Stanley Brothers: Hall of Fame Oversight

| June 2, 2016 | 0 Comments
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There’s a glaring omission at the Country Music Hall of Fame. The Stanley Brothers deserve to be there, and every year that goes by without their induction devalues those who are enshrined. “I’ve been angry about it. I’ve been perplexed about it. It’s been high […]

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How many characters does it take to spell out a bluegrass song?

| June 1, 2016 | 0 Comments
jones_th

I have to say, as objectively as I can, that one of the things I like best about satellite radio is the display that tells us what artist we’re listening to, and what the song title is. This technology has managed to solve what was […]

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Writes a great hook, and can stay back on the change up

| May 25, 2016 | 0 Comments
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Back in the days when I served on the IBMA Board, as I think I’d mentioned in a previous column, it was a simpler and less stressful time, a time before social media and the clip-on tuner. I also pointed out that my biggest accomplishment […]

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Okay, guys, let’s try the bass

| May 18, 2016 | 0 Comments
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I’m over in Scotland for the next week or so on what is supposed to be an actual vacation (I’ve never taken one of those), so I’ve asked John Lawless if I could rerun the sound series I wrote a few years ago. I didn’t […]

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