Fervor Coulee Bluegrass
Donald Teplyske | June 26, 2020
The International Bluegrass Music Association announced its 2020 award nominees today. I'll comment on the individual nominees at some point, but it was interesting to see the Male Vocalist of the Year ballot was filled with an exciting cross-section of modern bluegrass, revealing the breadth of today's invigorating contemporary sounds: Ronnie Bowman, Del McCoury, Danny Paisley, Russell...
Donald Teplyske | May 14, 2020
"Chicago Barn Dance"
I trace the path my brothers laid before me
Swapped a record for the oil on my shoes
Now my eyes burn from the sting
And a fiddle haunts my dreams
And a lonely song is playing-it's called, the East Chicago Blues.
-"East Chicago Blues," Robbie Fulks
The southern dysphoria to northern states is...
Donald Teplyske | December 17, 2019
2019 saw a range of quality bluegrass albums released, and they were coming at me for review so quickly at times that I may not have had time to hear your favourite. Of the many bluegrass albums I heard in 2019, these are my favourites. As always, these are 'favourites,' not 'best,' based on what I heard, and-as important-after positions five-six-or-so, titles could be flipped...
Donald Teplyske | October 8, 2019
I'm okay with being old. I 'celebrated' my fifty-fifth birthday this past spring, and I am entirely fine with my age, with the extra grey hair and the creaking knees, and even with the additional puffiness around my eyes and my cheeks.
I'm at the age where I am entirely comfortable admitting that I don't care for things for which I don't care, and...
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 'big tent' approach to bluegrass and acoustic roots music. See Front Country, a Nashville...