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Donald Teplyske  |  September 25, 2016

With the change to fall colours comes the annual International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) World of Bluegrass festivities, seemingly the only major show who hasn't cancelled on North Carolina. Well, perhaps 'major' is too strong a word. I'm sure there were a lot of [...]

Continue reading "2016 International Bluegrass Music Awards- predictions and musings"

Donald Teplyske  |  August 16, 2016

What's the old joke? Why do bluegrass instrumentals have titles? So you can tell them apart. Hyperbole, of course, because bluegrass instrumentals are not all alike (they just sound like they are! BOOM!) but like most jokes there is a kernel of truth hidden: bluegrass instrumentals can [...]

Continue reading "Benson, Stringworks, and problem with bluegrass instrumental albums"

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 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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