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October 2021

The Tradition

Carter Sisters and Mother Maybelle

Notes & Queries – October 2021

By Gary Reid

Notes In response to a query in the August 2021 “Notes & Queries” concerning bluegrass artists who have received honorary doctorate degrees, Larry Stidom wrote that “I seem to remember…

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The Bluegrass Video  Oral History Project

By Dan Miller

Photo by Jamie Alexander When Terry Woodward was inducted into the IBMA’s Bluegrass Hall of Fame in 2018 his primary involvement in the world of bluegrass was listed as “Volunteer…

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Stoneman Family

IBMA Hall of Fame inductees Stoneman Family, Lynn Morris and Alison Krauss

By Derek Halsey

At the 2021 IBMA Awards Show in Raleigh, NC, the Stoneman Family, Lynn Morris and Alison Krauss will be inducted into the IBMA Hall of Fame with their plaques and…

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The collection of autographs on Eli Miller’s banjo resonator

Eli Miller and Bob Landry Bluegrass Autograph Collectors

By Dan Miller

Eli Miller’s Fender Banjo Eli Miller was born in Ohio to an Amish family of thirteen children.  In 1951, when Eli was ten, the family moved to the town of…

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The Artists

It’s All About The Energy

By Penny Parsons

Photo by Amy Richmond, Courtesy of Rebel Records At age 33, bluegrass singer Kody Norris hardly seems to fit into the category of “seasoned veteran.” But sit down with him for…

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Mark “Brink” Brinkman

By Vicki Dean

Prolific songwriter paints pictures in listeners’ minds while telling stories with lyrics and melodies. One of bluegrass music’s most prolific songwriters draws from a deep well of influences. Mark “Brink”…

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The Sound

Byrl Murdock

Hot Rodding  The Baddest Instrument In Bluegrass

By David McCarty

Bluegrass has always tenbrooks’ed the fast and the powerful. Racehorses, big rigs, steam drills, sleek trains and burly freights cannonball through bluegrass standards. I’m sure there must be bluegrass from…

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Trey Hensley and Rob Ickes

Rob’s Reso Room and Reso Summit

By Dan Miller

 If you are learning to play the Dobro and are having trouble finding quality instruction, you need look no farther than Rob’s Reso Room.  Rob’s Reso Room is an internet-based…

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The Venue

The Washington Film Group (Robert Leonard, Robert Henninger, Albert Ihde) in front of the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame & Museum. Photo by Ellen Pasternack

1971 and 2021, Then & Now

By Albert Ihde

One Filmmaker’s Perspective I first heard live bluegrass music when I was 26 years old. Growing up in New Jersey, and going to college in Washington, DC, meant that my…

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Legion Jam // Photo by Jesse Leeden

Bluegrass Wednesday Nights at the Legion

By Tristan Scroggins

Despite being home to some of the best bluegrass musicians in the country and the site of some of the most important historical events, there aren’t many places to regularly…

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