Viewpoint – a recurring feature

Bluegrass Today viewpointFrom time to time, we will include posts which do not offer news or specific information, but instead feature commentary or opinion on a topic related to the theme of Bluegrass Today: bluegrass music, artists, events and fans – or the music business that supports us all.

These Viewpoint posts will often be written by the blogs primary authors (Brance Gillihan or John Lawless) and we will publish opinion pieces from outside contributors as well when we find them to be timely, well-written and relevant to the purpose of Bluegrass Today. To clearly mark these posts as commentary, they will always include the Viewpoint icon graphic at the beginning of the post, and all the various Viewpoint items will be saved in a separate category in our archives. These posts will not always reflect the views of Bluegrass Today, and we will note our differences when they are applicable.

Viewpoint posts will be the only items published on Bluegrass Today which will allow for comments from our readers. You must be a registered user in order to comment, and all comments will be moderated before publication. Anonymous comments will not be allowed – your full name will be displayed with your comment – and abuse of this format will not be tolerated. This Viewpoint comments forum is meant to foster serious discussion when opinion pieces are presented and is not meant as a bulletin board soapbox or an opportunity for personal crusades, vendettas or grievances.

A link to read and/or add comments will be found at the bottom of each Viewpoint post. Simply click it to view the individual Viewpoint post, any comments that have been added and a form to submit a comment if you wish. Again, you must be both registered and logged in to post a comment but registration is not required to view them.

Registration is quite simple, and can be accomplished here. Once you are registered, you can log in here.

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About the Author

John Lawless

John had served as primary author and editor for The Bluegrass Blog from its launch in 2006 until being folded into Bluegrass Today in September of 2011. He continues in that capacity here, managing a strong team of columnists and correspondents.

  • Preston Thompson

    On the subject of “what is bluegrass”, I have a few comments.
    1..Bluegrass music come’s from the front porch of mountian homes in southern Appalachia. That defines it completely. Acoustic instuments only. When you bring any electical instrument into the mix, you do not have bluegrass, but a derivative of such.
    2.. Bluegrass music has a particular sound that cannot be confused with any other. Easy listening, traditional country, western swing, or any other music you want to listen to, call it whatever you like, but don’t call it bluegrass. XM has made a joke out of our music, and I wonder if it’s not intentional.

    I don’t really care if some washed up country singer comes in, but please, bring new stuff with you. Not the country songs I heard 35 years ago. Just because a banjo is added, that doesn’t make it bluegrass.

    We had better stand our ground to the “true” blue grass sound, or you may be, in 50 years be calling Bob Dillon bluegrass. Heaven forbid.

    ..Preston..