• Band name cleanup on aisle six!

    We return this week to one of my favorite subjects: band names. It’s probably in my top five, ranked somewhere between dairy cow breeds and bluegrass festival signage. When new bands are formed, a lot of agonizing takes place among the

  • Halloween costume ideas for bluegrass lovers

    This will be my last column before Halloween, so let me reiterate what you’ve probably already heard in countless public service announcements (“PSAs” to radio people, or people who just don’t have the time to say “Public Service Announcements”): Please

  • The return of Mr Bluegrass Manners

    It’s time for our second installment of Mr. Bluegrass Manners. I had previously invited you to submit your questions below in the comments section, or ask me via my Facebook fan page (see below), and you responded. Here are a

  • Post-IBMA coming down regimen

    The return home from the IBMA World of Bluegrass can be challenging, and it affects different people in different ways. Some feel a great sense of relief that they can go back to a normal routine, which may include getting

  • The End of the World (of Bluegrass)

    Greetings from Raleigh, NC. I can happily report that I’m sleep-deprived but still breathing, and I consider that a personal victory. Even better news: the world is still turning. I mentioned last week that people seem to love (perhaps “hate less”

  • 2017 IBMA World of Bluegrass haiku

    For some reason, some of my most popular columns have been on the subject of bluegrass haiku. It may be because of the close affinity between the Japanese and bluegrass music. So, in honor of the upcoming IBMA World of

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