October 2021

The Tradition

Notes & Queries – October 2021

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 Ricky Skaggs and Larry Cordle getting some kind of honorary degrees from Morehead State University. Maybe just recognition.” It turns out that Ricky Skaggs did,… Read the full article

The Bluegrass Video  Oral History Project

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 Leader.”  That is an understatement.  If you know anything about Terry’s involvement in bluegrass music over the past forty years, you know that bluegrass music… Read the full article

The Artists

It’s All About The Energy

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 a conversation about the music business and you’ll find that he is wise beyond his years. His formula for success: start with passion and drive,… Read the full article

Mark “Brink” Brinkman

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” Brinkman, 68, grew up listening to his grandfather play Big Band music, including a stint with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra. His mom was a concert… Read the full article

The Sound

Hot Rodding  The Baddest Instrument In Bluegrass

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 the ‘50s and ‘60s that mirrored the California car culture pop of Jan and Dean and the Beach Boys, but I can’t think of any… Read the full article

Rob’s Reso Room and Reso Summit

 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 teaching platform developed by fifteen-time IBMA “Dobro Player of the Year” Rob Ickes and his business partner Craig Spinney.   Launched two years ago, Rob’s… Read the full article

The Venu

1971 and 2021, Then & Now

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 experience with bluegrass was limited to seeing Bonnie and Clyde in 1967, and hearing parts of Hee Haw, or The Beverly Hillbillies on TV. That level of personal exposure was… Read the full article

Bluegrass Wednesday Nights at the Legion

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 see live bluegrass in Nashville. The Station Inn continues to be a bluegrass beacon and you can still hear bluegrass most weeks on the Opry… Read the full article