Bluegrass Corner
  • Bluegrass Music in a Changing World

    No doubt about it, the world continues to change. Our means of communication, our technology, our understanding of science, medicine, natural systems, and more. Even the way we produce and listen to music continues to change. Let’s take a look at some of the ways in which bluegrass music and the culture around it has […]

  • Bluegrass Jokes and Bluegrass Culture

    In this month’s column I will take a look at the culture of jokes that pervades the bluegrass music scene. Partly to understand the humor aspect of the bluegrass culture, but partly just to share some of my favorites. Bill Monroe and his Bluegrass Boys are considered the founding fathers of bluegrass music, and while […]

  • Lots of Bluegrass Happenings in October

    There are great opportunities to hear bluegrass music coming up. SIDELINE. On November 9th the San Diego Bluegrass Society (SDBS) will present Sideline in concert at the First Baptist Church of Pacific Beach, 4747 Soledad Mountain Road, in San Diego. There will be an opening local band (TBD) at 7pm. Sideline will go on at […]

  • A Wonderful Time at Summergrass!

    Another great Summergrass has concluded and been filed away in the memory banks. Held over the weekend of August 17-19, the weather was warm, with cool breezes prevailing most of the time, as a nice crowd enjoyed the hot music on the main stage. The traditional green parachute was up shading the audience area, as […]

  • Great Bluegrass Coming to San Diego in August!

    San Diegans have two outstanding opportunities to enjoy top quality live bluegrass music this month: Summergrass. Friday, August 17 through Sunday, August 19 brings the annual Summergrass Festival to San Diego. Top talent, including Joe Mullins and the Radio Ramblers, Alan Bibey and Grasstowne, the Jeff Scroggins Band, and the ever popular Bluegrass Etc., will […]

  • Bluegrass Day at the Fair

    Great weather, great music, great times. The San Diego Bluegrass Society (SDBS) and the North San Diego County Bluegrass and Folk Club (NCBFC) have been presenting the annual Bluegrass Day at the Del Mar Fair for the past several decades. This year’s event was held on the beautiful Paddock Stage on Sunday, June 10, from […]

  • Summer Is Almost Here!

    As summer approaches we look forward to great bluegrass music during the traditional festival season. Bluegrass music is very popular–with estimates in the 20 million range of regular listeners in the US. Bluegrass music is hard to find on the radio, however, and the festival season is key to sustaining the economic viability of the […]

  • Why Some Folks Don’t Like Bluegrass

    In the last issue I addressed my thoughts on why bluegrass music is so popular in spite of the fact it is rarely found on commercial radio. This time, let’s take a look at some of the reasons why other people don’t like bluegrass music, perhaps explaining why it is seldom heard on the radio. […]

  • Great Bluegrass Coming Up!

    Southern California brings bright, crisp bluebird days this time of year–perfect for enjoying great bluegrass. Here are three good opportunities: Julian Family Fiddle Camp. Held at the beautiful Camp Cedar Glen in the mountains of Julian, this annual event takes place April 11 through April 15. The camp offers outstanding instruction on all the bluegrass […]