Fervor Coulee Bluegrass Blog
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
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Donald Teplyske | September 25, 2020
Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, an annual three-day celebration of Americana roots music—including a little bluegrass—is one of my personal favourite events. Living far from San Francisco, I can't attend each year, but I have made the journey every tenth-year in a row...okay, I've been twice—in 2009 and 2019—so I wasn't scheduled to attend this coming October, as ...
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 ...