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Donald Teplyske  |  August 10, 2019

1. The festival has never been so appealingly eclectic. While it was once billed as "& Country Music Festival" and as such included some very questionable lineup choices (look no further than Trick Ryder and Dirt Road Angels), Blueberry is now decidedly and positively heterogeneous in its [...]

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Donald Teplyske  |  August 10, 2019

Besides being the only bluegrass band named after a song from "Rebel Yell," Blue Highway is best known for their remarkable consistency. Taking 'smooth' to another level, the frequent IBMA nominees return with what I count as their thirteenth album celebrating their 25th year as [...]

Continue reading "Blue Highway- Somewhere Far Away (Rounder Records)"

Donald Teplyske  |  July 23, 2019

I was pleased (and no little bit humbled) to be asked to serve as one of several volunteer emcees for an area bluegrass festival later this summer. I've emceed many (too many) bluegrass concerts over the years, but not in the last seven years. I also know what a good emcee doesn't do, [...]

Continue reading "First-time festival MC, long-time attendee"

Donald Teplyske  |  July 12, 2019

Lonesome River Band Outside Looking In (2019) Mountain Home Approaching a new album from perennial bluegrass stalwarts the Lonesome River Band, a few things are assured. Exceptional instrumental prowess, propelled by Sammy Shelor's 5-five string, strong lead vocals from Brandon Rickman and [...]

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Donald Teplyske

I have been a roots and bluegrass music writer for twenty years, having also hosted bluegrass radio and presented concerts. I currently write for Country Standard Time and Exclaim! while maintaining a blog at fervorcoulee.wordpress.com. I'm proud to be a member of the Polaris Music Prize Jury. Please contact me at fervorcoulee@gmail.com.

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