• What IBMA Can Learn from Merlefest

    Leaders of IBMA and the city of Raleigh can breathe a little easier now that another year of MerleFest is in the books. The annual four-day roots music extravaganza in Wilkesboro, NC, was the first major music festival held in the

  • Facebook fan pages: dos and don’ts

    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

  • The dreaded gender switch in song lyrics

    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

  • Compression in bluegrass titling

    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

  • A look back at the rules of jamming

    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,

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