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Donald Teplyske  |  August 11, 2014

Larry Sparks "Lonesome and Then Some: A Classic 50th Celebration" Rebel Records Over fifty years as a bluegrass professional, Larry Sparks has honed a full-bodied, soulful approach to singing bluegrass. He has a wonderful right hand, maintaining unbreakable rhythm while contributing [...]

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Donald Teplyske  |  August 1, 2014

The Circuit Riders "Let the Ride Begin" released on Pinecastle, 2006 Gold...In A Way is a (very) semi-regular feature here at Fervor Coulee Bluegrass in which I look back at a bluegrass album that has, for whatever reason, again struck my fancy. If I've learned nothing else [...]

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Donald Teplyske  |  July 17, 2014

As surely as Apple Pie sneaks up on you over the course of an hour or two, the International Bluegrass Music Association finds a way to stumble rather than soar. One year, controversy may follow a rogue band's impromptu awards show performance selection. Another time, it is quietly [...]

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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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