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The Primitive Quartet Reunion and Farewell, September 2023. // Photo by Chip Woods Photography

The Primitive Quartet Takes Its Final Bow

After half a century, legendary bluegrass gospel group, The Primitive Quartet, has taken its final bow. The foursome wrapped up fifty years of performing May 20th in White Pine, Tennessee, at the Lakeway Performing Arts Center. Over the course of their remarkable career, The Primitive Quartet recorded more than 500 songs on at least 50…

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Photo by Shayna Cooley

Becky Buller

Shares Her Own Story in Song Cycle “Jubilee” Fans of the Becky Buller Band are accustomed to story songs—“John D. Champion,” “Calamity Jane” or “The Barber’s Fiddle.” In her latest album project Jubilee, this time the story is her own. She first pitched the idea for the title song to co-writer Aoife O’Donovan when they…

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Charles Humphrey III. // Photo by Tom Farr

Charles Humphrey III

Writing Songs One Idea at a Time Charles Humphrey III is equally adept playing bass guitar as he is casting a trout fly toward a school of rainbows on a winding mountain stream. But one could argue his true calling is writing songs for Songs from the Road Band (SFTRB), the Asheville-based bluegrass/jamgrass quintet he founded…

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photo by Irene Young

Laurie Lewis

Celebrating the Crooked Miles Consider Laurie Lewis. She modestly calls herself a “California hippie girl fiddler.” She’s a Grammy Award-winning recording artist, a two-time winner of IBMA’s Female Vocalist of the Year and a two-time winner of the California Women’s Fiddle Championship. She’s performed on both the Grand Ole Opry and the Prairie Home Companion…

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Chris Jones

The Luck of The Draw Luck plays an uncomfortably large role in life. Though we like to think we have control over our fates, the truth is that a great number of events, actions and encounters are simply out of our hands. Sometimes, God will smile upon you and you will receive an opportunity that…

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The first recording of “Sophronie,” by Shorty Sullivan, ca. 1952

Notes & Queries – May 2024

“I’ll Be True to the One I Love” – The Rest of the Story In the June 2001 “Notes & Queries,” Walt Saunders fielded a question from a reader who was seeking the title of a song for which they recalled only a verse of lyric. The song was identified as “I’ll Be True to…

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