Tag: Dudley Connell

Rodgers Remembrance XII: Blue Yodel No. 3

| May 22, 2014 | 0 Comments
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On Monday, May 26th, it will have been 81 years since the passing of Jimmie Rodgers. A titan of American music, Jimmie Rodgers is considered an influence in country, bluegrass, folk, jazz, blues, rock, pop, Americana, and more. In six short years, “The Father of […]

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Feller & Hill’s DC adventure

| April 11, 2014 | 0 Comments
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This bluegrass travelogue comes courtesy of Tom Feller, one half of Feller & Hill, whose spur-of-the-moment trip to our nation’s capitol is described below. There is much to what Tom says that could be of benefit to other bands and entertainers. A chance email, early […]

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Three Chords and the Truth – James King

| October 16, 2013 | 1 Comment
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James King, whose knack for choosing well-written songs that work their way into listeners’ hearts and minds has helped earn him the title of “Bluegrass Storyteller,” has a keen ability to wrap his voice around every ounce of emotion in three verses and a chorus. […]

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Joe Mullins and Junior Sisk reunite for Hall Of Fame Bluegrass

| September 9, 2013 | 5 Comments
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As the bluegrass genre grows to include more and more offshoots in the mind of the average consumer, traditionalists can be found grousing about the dilution of the art form, or the importance of maintaing definitions and categories. But while they grumble, traditional bluegrass is […]

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Longview All-Star Jam Caps Off Spring S.O.I.M.F.

| March 22, 2013 | 0 Comments
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In 1998, a team of bluegrass all-stars who reawakened the world to the sounds of traditional bluegrass were the big winners at the IBMA Awards Show. Bringing home Recorded Event of the Year and Song of the Year honors that year, Longview ruled the world […]

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A ‘Clusterpluck’ for Mike Auldridge

| February 14, 2013 | 4 Comments
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It’s one thing when one of the most talented Dobro players on the planet attributes his success to Mike Auldridge. It’s something else entirely when a whole stageful of top Dobro players line up to pay tribute. Sally Van Meter had the most colorful way […]

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The Story Behind The Song – The Shape I’m In

| February 11, 2013 | 3 Comments
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The Shape I’m In was written by Dudley Connell, a founder member of the neo-traditional band the Johnson Mountain Boys and currently guitar player with the Seldom Scene. It was included in the band’s Dream Scene album (Sugar Hill SHDC-3858), released in 1996, shortly after […]

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RIP Mike Auldridge

| December 29, 2012 | 16 Comments
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The word “legend” gets tossed around pretty casually these days, but it does apply to Mike Auldridge, who died of cancer Saturday morning, one day short of his 74th birthday. Mike was a founding member of the Seldom Scene, a band that expanded the reach […]

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Album of the Week #28 – Reno & Smiley’s Wanted

| August 23, 2012 | 1 Comment
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I have been around bluegrass radio my whole life. My grandpa, “Moon” Mullins, was a popular disc jockey in Kentucky, Tennessee, and Ohio for forty-five years, and was instrumental in presenting bluegrass and classic country music to the Midwest. My dad, Joe Mullins, has been […]

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Herschel Sizemore tribute

| February 20, 2012 | 1 Comment

In a long day of great music and great moments at Sunday’s benefit concert in Roanoke for Herschel and Joyce Sizemore, two backstage discussions captured the spirit of the man being feted and the music community that supported the event. One of those moments came […]

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