• What if this were the last IBMA/WOB ever?

    Greetings from Scotland, after just concluding our tour of Ireland.  It seems that every year someone somewhere is predicting the end of the world, and it’s usually fairly close to IBMA World of Bluegrass time. Coincidence? I don’t think so. Below

  • What you can and can not do in bluegrass

    You’ll find that if you’re in the bluegrass music business for any length of time that things can and will occasionally go wrong. Mistakes will be made, sometimes through no fault of your own (but who are we kidding?). I’ve

  • Bluegrass Haiku – international version

    Last week’s rerun of one of my bluegrass haiku columns was meant to serve as a handy setup for some new haiku I’ve decided to compose for this week. Most recently I had been concentrating on rewriting some of our best-loved

  • Return of the Bluegrass Haiku

    The following column was originally written during National Haiku Writing Month, which this month isn’t, but this month happens to be “National Declare a National Month For Something Month,” so let’s just go ahead and consider this National Haiku Writing

  • Are you BINO (Bluegrass In Name Only)?

    In these polarized political times (please hold your comments), a new acronym has sprung up to describe politicians who don’t quite tow the party line: RINO and DINO, short for Republican In Name Only, or Democrat In Name Only. This

  • Ask Sonny Anything… Making Plans intro

    Ask Sonny Anything is a recurring feature where our readers pose questions to the great Sonny Osborne, one half of the iconic Osborne Brothers who redefined bluegrass music in the 1960s, and noted banjo maven and collector of fine prewar