• 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

  • Chris Jones CD release event in Nashville

    Nashville's venerable Station Inn was the site of a special CD-release concert last Friday night for Made  To Move, the latest album from Chris Jones & The Night Drivers. The room was sold out, standing room only even, with that peculiarly

  • 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

  • New for New Years: Resolutions by the hour

    Peter Thompson, noted California bluegrass D.J. and former concert organizer, recently e-mailed out a copy of Woody Guthrie’s New Years resolutions from 1942, which Woody called “New Years Rulins.” It was a long list, with 33 items on it, and had

  • Bluegrass preferences reexamined

    I’m away for the holidays in a remote northern cell phone and internet-free land, so the following is a rerun of an earlier column. The part you’re reading was sent to Bluegrass Today by brainwaves (they have tremendous telepathic powers

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