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July 2021

The Tradition

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The Artists

John Reischman Walks Along

By David McCarty

Photo By Stephen Schauer John Reischman lives up in the woods. No, John’s home isn’t a log cabin high in British Columbia’s densely wooded Coast Range. The woods that nurture…

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Missouri Mandolin Master

By Dan Miller

Photos By Caty Smith If you’ve spent time around bluegrass festival jam sessions you may recall hearing someone in the jam who is as good as anyone that you’ve ever…

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Rhonda Vincent, Jake Goforth, and Dan Tyminski

Rising Star

By Sandy Hatley

This past year has been devastating for the music industry so it is welcoming when something positive emerges. With dreams of a bright future, Jake Goforth, a 14-year-old musical prodigy from central NC, is…

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The Sound

Building the Multi-Tool of Modern F-5 Mandolins

By David McCarty

Photos by Bud Osborne “Writing about music is like dancing about architecture,” said musician-comedian Martin Mull in a line often misattributed to Frank Zappa. Same holds true for trying to…

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Caleb Smith

By Michael K. Brantley

Guitar Builder Angling for a Vintage Sound Balsam Range’s Caleb Smith brings an intensity to the stage that’s hard to miss in a live show. The guitarist usually provides a bookend…

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The Venue

Bluegrass Goes To College

By Chris Thiessen

Photo by Tim Black Denison University: Bluegrass & American Roots Program Granville, Ohio Established in 2010, Denison University’s Bluegrass and American Roots Program is one of an increasing number of…

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Randy Wood

Pickin’ Party

By Dennis Satterlee

Randy Wood’s most prized possession back home on the Georgia farm was a pocket knife his father gave him.  With it, and some other woodworking tools, he became internationally famous…

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