Tag: Chris Jones

Aim low for the New Year

| December 30, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Telegram sent in by Chris Jones regarding this week’s column: “John: in northern part of Alberta for Xmas (stop) Close to Santa but far from internet (stop) Please rerun old column re: New Year’s resolutions (stop) Back next week (stop) CJ” New Year’s resolutions are, […]

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Wishing you a Traditional Christmas

| December 23, 2015 | 0 Comments
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I hope you’re having a wonderful holiday season so far. Much of traditional Christmas literature, including, I believe, the first chapter of Matthew (“Like, Really Awesome News for Modern Dudes and Dudettes” translation), refers to this week as “crunch time.” It’s during this time that […]

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Old Ebenezer and the Christmas phantasm

| December 16, 2015 | 0 Comments
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The following is a contemporary interpretation of “Stave Two” of a A Christmas Carol (with sincere apologies to Charles Dickens), in which the Ghost of Christmas past visits a 21st century Scrooge, who is a bluegrass musician and widely-disliked band leader. As the scene opens, […]

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A voice Crying Holy in the wilderness

| December 9, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Based on the wording in my contract (page 17, about half way down), I’m forbidden from commenting or expressing my opinion about the current preemption of Bluegrass Junction for Radio Hanukkah, which will continue for another five days. I can speak to you about it […]

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Name name, bo bame…

| December 2, 2015 | 0 Comments
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In the past we’ve discussed the issue of naming bands; I even offered a band-naming kit, in which you take an adjective (e.g. “blue,” “lonesome,” “grease-stained”) and combine it with an article in nature or rustic mode of transportation (e.g. “creek,” “mountain,” “Bombardier Dash-8”). In […]

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Let me say this about that

| November 25, 2015 | 0 Comments
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One of the most challenging aspects of hosting radio shows is doing interviews. What are the most relevant questions to ask? What are questions other people might not have thought of? How do you get the shortest possible response from someone who has a reputation […]

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We oughta be in pictures

| November 18, 2015 | 0 Comments
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This week my laptop computer is being repaired by “Biff’s Hi-Tech Repair and Thrift Bread Store” in Donelson, TN, and I’m told it should be ready in “oh, about 6 days.” I have no usable backup with me right now, so I’ve asked John Lawless […]

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Make it Christmas in July

| November 11, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Admit it: you’re already starting to feel the Christmas spirit, at least just a little. You have to be; we’re already fighting about disposable coffee cups and other sacred symbols, and your drunk uncle hasn’t even arrived yet for Thanksgiving to weigh in on the […]

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Sorry… not sorry, or The Penitential Man of Bluegrass

| November 4, 2015 | 0 Comments
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One of the most entertaining things about the world of mass market popular music is the amount of apologizing that takes place. Generally these apologies are for something offensive that someone said about some other celebrity (these people should pass some sort of personality test […]

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Bluegrass NASCAR competition

| October 28, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Several years ago, there was an event at the IBMA World of Bluegrass that was called the “Bluegrass Pentathlon.” If my memory serves me correctly, it was the brainchild of Pete Wernick, but I could be wrong; he has a lot of brainchildren and it […]

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