The Guest Shot  – Do’s and Don’ts

The Guest Shot – Do’s and Don’ts

You’ve seen it a million times at live shows – at some point, someone in the band says “We have a special guest joining us for a few songs” and out comes someone you didn’t expect who gets handed a guitar and plays with the featured band for a time. Sometimes, it’s...
A Visit From the Dark Side

A Visit From the Dark Side

I’ve been lucky so far myself, but at one time or another, a lot of people I’ve known have suffered from theft of their musical instruments or equipment. Happily, this is very rare at bluegrass festivals, where a sense of community and good will (and a cost for...
Yes You Should Play

Yes You Should Play

Well, it happened again. I played a gig last weekend and it went really well. The band was tight, the audience was delighted (and they let us know, enthusiastically). I played well, and felt really good about myself. The next day, I saw another band play, and they...
Useful Wisdom

Useful Wisdom

Since the days of the great Greek philosophers, humankind has sought to better understand the universe and gain wisdom into the mysterious workings of the universe. This is a never ending process, and we can all gain from this shared knowledge. Here are several...