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  • Hisashi Ozaki passes

    Photo of Hisashi Ozaki © Darwin Davidson Japanese bluegrass music pioneer Hisashi Ozaki passed away suddenly on Saturday, November 10, 2018, as he was preparing to go for a recording session for a regular radio program on Kamakura FM the following day. He was 84 years old.  Born on December 20, 1933,

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  • Herschel Sizemore recovering well at home

    Herschel Sizemore, a true hero in the bluegrass mandolin world, is back home after a brief hospitalization last week. He had been in hospital to have a pacemaker installed to help regulate his heartbeat. The Sizemore family says that he already feels much better following the procedure, and is back to

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  • Honey, who’s that one about? or a songwriters’ dilemma

    Let’s face it: it’s difficult to be married to a musician, but it may be most difficult of all to be married to a songwriter. As the spouse, you end up hearing songs about bad relationships, break-ups, leaving on the next train to Memphis, etc., and naturally wonder if this

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  • Goodfellers self-titled release

    These days, much of the discussion about bluegrass, nugrass, Americana, and grassicana seems to center on to what extent the influence of vintage trappings appear to impinge on contemporary credence. Consequently, most bands are labelled according to which side of the divide they tend to lean towards — old school

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  • Topanga Festival falls to California wildfires

    The Topanga Banjo-Fiddle Contest & Folk Festival near Thousand Oaks, CA is the latest California icon to fall victim to the raging wildfires north of Los Angeles. Since 1990, the festival has been hosted at the Paramount Ranch in the Santa Monica Mountains, a property overseen by The National Park Service.

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  • A Midsummer Night’s Bluegrass

    As bluegrass music has become more popular, it has found its way in to a great many places you wouldn't have expected. It is no longer uncommon to find colleges and universities teaching about the music, or forming ensembles to perform it in public. This week, Luther College in Decorah, IA,

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