Shock! Horror! Meet the new IBMA HOF Nominees, same as the old IBMA HOF Nominees

When the International Bluegrass Music Association named their Hall of Fame ‘class of 2020,’ one thing was immediately apparent: the selection of Hazel & Alice in 2017 would remain the only time female front-women would be welcomed to the hallowed confines of the HOF, at least for the time being. I went on a bit… Continue reading Shock! Horror! Meet the new IBMA HOF Nominees, same as the old IBMA HOF Nominees

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Modern Acoustic Captures My Thoughts Almost Perfectly

And a whole lot more politely than I would have… Modern Acoustic addresses the pain and bother of the inconsiderate minority who no longer understand the norms of concert/live performance attendance. Rich’s examination of the issue is available HERE. In an even-handed manner, he discusses the positives of those who use their phones to capture… Continue reading Modern Acoustic Captures My Thoughts Almost Perfectly

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Doyle Lawson “gives” to his fans

I’m ready for the hate mail, because I know one doesn’t criticize Doyle without expecting push-back from his many supportive fans. But, this one got me! You can read my opinion piece at Country Standard Time within the Fervor Coulee Bluegrass blog. Once you’ve read my opinion, please come back and complete the poll on… Continue reading Doyle Lawson “gives” to his fans

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David Via Attack and House Concerts

Over at Fervor Coulee Bluegrass, I share my thoughts about the events surrounding the attack on David Via last weekend outside a house concert. I only know what I’ve read at Bluegrass Today, and what has been posted to Via’s facebook page. Horrible. It shouldn’t happen, of course. But what happens when it does? Thanks… Continue reading David Via Attack and House Concerts

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What the heck is going on with Michelle Shocked?

I have loved Michelle Shocked’s music since the first time I heard “Anchorage” 25 years ago. Since that time she has created an incredible body of work- music that was liberating, expressive, challenging, and often rooted in the tradition of free-minded folks like Pete Seeger, Woody Guthrie, and Bruce Springsteen. More than once, I was… Continue reading What the heck is going on with Michelle Shocked?

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Chris Stuart Gets Deeply Thoughtful

I don’t habitually post links to other writers’ deep thoughts- heck, it is hard enough to attract readers without sending them elsewhere- but Chris Stuart, noted bluegrass songwriter, musician, and humourist, has recently posted a piece examining freedom of speech from a bluegrassic perspective. It is worth considering, I think, even if he doesn’t send… Continue reading Chris Stuart Gets Deeply Thoughtful

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Ron Hynes

A beautiful Sunday in Red Deer- fresh snow melting, the air warm and clean. I’ve spent most of today absorbed in school work, window open, and listening to Ron Hynes. I’m now four albums in- started with the newly purchased Ron Hynes album from 2006, then¬†¬†Face to the Gale, Get Back Change, and now Stealing… Continue reading Ron Hynes

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