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Donald Teplyske  |  November 10, 2014

Nick Hornbuckle "12X2(+/-1)" Corvus Bay And the award for worst album title of the year goes to... That was my first reaction when this stunning collection of banjo and string music slipped out of its bubble wrap envelope. Being rather linear, I thought, 'Just call it [...]

Continue reading "Nick Hornbuckle- Twelve By Two (Plus or Minus One) Equals Outstanding"

Donald Teplyske  |  November 8, 2014

Phil Leadbetter "The Next Move" Pinecastle Bluegrass is a music largely comprised of kind, humble, and talented musicians and vocalists. While there are a handful of jerks among the gems, the overall feeling one senses whenever bluegrass folks gather is one of familial closeness. [...]

Continue reading "Dobroist Uncle Phil Leadbetter's Next Move"

Donald Teplyske  |  October 3, 2014

On October 2, 2014 the International Bluegrass Music Association gathered in Raleigh, NC to fete their royalty and industry stalwarts at their annual awards show. The IBMA's professional membership has spoken and it is apparent that changes are a-comin'. No fewer than seven individuals [...]

Continue reading "Donald's Take on the 2014 IBMA Awards Broadcast"

Donald Teplyske

I've been a freelance roots and bluegrass music writer for the past decade. I originally got started writing for The Gateway, the University of Alberta newspaper. More than 15 years later, I got bit again by the writing bug with a No Depression concert review and soon established the Roots Music column in the Red Deer Advocate newspaper. Until it ceased publication, I regularly wrote reviews for Bluegrass Now.

Currently I write for two websites, The Lonesome Road Review and Country Standard Time. I also maintain a blog with additional reviews and thoughts at I'm proud to be a member of the Polaris Music Prize Jury. Please contact me at

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