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Donald Teplyske  |  March 5, 2019

{Howdy Skies} You never quite know which Tim O'Brien is going to make an appearance: fiddle slinger, folk singer-songwriter, bluegrass maverick, or Celtic-crosser, half of a dynamic duo or as part of an ensemble such as Hot Rize and (briefly) The Earls of Leicester. With Tim O'Brien [...]

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Donald Teplyske  |  February 24, 2019

(Rounder Records) How many bands have taken the time-or had the vision-to create a mission statement? I'm guessing not many, but Della Mae's is a significant one: to showcase top female musicians, and to improve opportunities for women and girls through advocacy, mentorship, [...]

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Donald Teplyske  |  February 23, 2019

(Rebel Records) Big Country Bluegrass is one of the finest groups working today, and their presentation of roots and hollers bluegrass is as strong as you are going to encounter in 2019. "Mountains, Mamas and Memories" features a dozen terrific performances, not a single [...]

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Donald Teplyske  |  February 8, 2019

Blueberry Bluegrass, Stony Plain, Alberta's little festival that always does, has announced their 2019 artist lineup. Emphasizing quality entertainment over mainstream name recognition, this August's fest could be amazing. Once past the four or five names that may be known outside [...]

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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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