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The Case of the Mysterious Banjo Player

Another re-post… Blame the weather. The contents herein are, to the best of my knowledge, true. (Article first published as Music: The Case of the Mysterious Banjo Player on Blogcritics.) [...]

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Bluegrass Blues

This is just a cheap excuse to share some of my favorite bluegrass tunes, most of which have a strong blues influence. I’m sure you can find several qualified musicologists who can speak at [...]

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The Ballad of Clarence White

Time for a re-post… I’ll warn you up front, this is one of our longer pieces. But it includes some nice quotes from Clarence freaks Dan Auerbach and his Uncle James, as well as our [...]

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Mike Henderson’s Nashville Blues

If the Grammys had an award for Ridiculously Talented, Incredibly Versatile Roots-Music Wunderkind, Mike Henderson would be a hands-down favorite to win every year. But here in America, 2011 – [...]

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The Case of the Mysterious Banjo Player

Article first published as Music: The Case of the Mysterious Banjo Player on Blogcritics. In that crazy business called show, there are few pursuits offering less glamour than the life of a [...]

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Sing Me Back Home (In Harmony)

I come from a big family of harmony singers. Myself, I can barely sing in unison… with Autotune. When my sister Caroline and I accidentally ended up at the same college for a year, she sat [...]

The Ballad of Clarence White

Think of the greats in any musical genre, and you’re usually thinking of a signature sound that gives the artist a distinct presence or personality. In jazz, it’s the difference between Dexter [...]

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King of the Independents

In the early 1980s, I lived in Cincinnati and edited one of those free entertainment newspapers you see blowing through the streets of big cities throughout the country.  The following piece [...]