• Telephone monologues on the road

    While tooling down the highway heading to the next gig, road musicians have lots of entertainment sources they never used to have: the smart phone, the video game, the iPod, even the book (prior to the 15th century, this luxury

  • An homage to specialized tribute bands

    The tribute band is nothing new to bluegrass music or to any other genre of music, for that matter. “Beatlemania” was the first one I was ever aware of, but I know the concept is much older than that. Sometimes there’s

  • Bluegrass haiku and fear of the banjo

    As was mentioned last week, in my introduction to the rerun of my original column on bluegrass haiku, this is National Haiku Writing Month, as decreed by someone who likes writing haiku. The thinking is that during this, the shortest

  • What’s your name, boy?

    I’m on tour in California and Arizona this week, so writing time has been scarce. We’re currently driving north up the coast (or I assume it’s north because that looks very much like the Pacific ocean out my left window)

  • Most Boring Bluegrass Stories of 2016

    One of the most popular annual features of this column, second only to every other annual feature, is our review of the year’s most boring stories. The end of December and January are all about recapping the previous year in chart

  • Bluegrass Knowledge Test for 2017

    Veteran readers of this Wednesday column may recall that around New Year’s Day (that is to say sometime between December 26th and the first day of Spring), I present an annual bluegrass knowledge test, known officially as the “Bluegrass Knowledge

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