Bluegrass Means Never Having to Say You’re Old

Bluegrass Means Never Having to Say You’re Old

I have seen a lot of articles lately about tours by bands like the Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd and the like, and invariably the story line is “They’re still playing after all these years!”  To which we bluegrass fans say “What’s so amazing about that?”  We’ve all seen...
Music is Best Live

Music is Best Live

Like most people nowadays, my first experiences with music were hearing it on the radio, records or TV. Some folks grow up in a musical family, but I didn’t (my kids did, though). Hearing music only from those three media outlets mentioned above tends to make you...
Bluegrass and Baseball – Together Forever!

Bluegrass and Baseball – Together Forever!

Bluegrass and baseball are inextricably linked.  It’s a fact.  Bill Monroe’s band used to challenge the local baseball teams in the towns they came through, and by all accounts, they were fierce competitors who beat the locals more often than not. Here are some other,...
The Path to Bluegrass

The Path to Bluegrass

When I read the “Hooked on Bluegrass” stories, I am struck by how many different ways we come to know and love bluegrass music. For some, it’s very direct – they grew up in a bluegrass-soaked environment, and it was part of their lives for as long as they...
Tune It, or..What?

Tune It, or..What?

Playing music is tough, and there are so many things to keep track of. But being in tune (especially for fretted strings instruments) is something you should be able to control. Back in the days before inexpensive tuners, it was tougher. You had a pitch fork, or pitch...