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Bluegrass Rambles

Everything you need to know about bluegrass, whatever that is

Ted is an IBMA-nominated music writer who travels to bluegrass festivals with his wife and picks guitar in as many jams as he can.

Bluegrass Rambles

Everything you need to know about bluegrass, whatever that is

Ted is an IBMA-nominated music writer who travels to bluegrass festivals with his wife and picks guitar in as many jams as he can.

Stepping into the Spotlight: Women in Bluegrass

Excellent article, Ted.  Many, many thanks.

 

As usual, much to converse about from this piece.

I did a 3 hour show not long ago of all female artists. I even had to leave some out. The point of that is that I couldn't have done that 10 years ago without an awful lot of repeats. Perhaps not even 5.

Claire Lynch, Alison Krauss, Lynn Morris, Rhonda Vincent, Alison Brown, and Gillian Welch certainly did much to cause folks to pay attention to Bluegrass, believe that women could be successful and begin to cast off whatever prejudices were there concerning women making this music their own.

If someone brings something to this music- either a tribute to the past, an observation on the present or an idea toward the future and they do so without trying to ostracize all others in the process, I welcome them. It seems it's only when someone tries to be bigger than the music that problems crop up.

Anyhow, thanks so much for this. I look forward to reading/hearing the full content of Rhiannon's keynote speech. I'm glad she's 'at the  table'.

Thanks for your well-taken comments. Of course there are many other artists worthy of recognition. I have 1000 words to hit this week's highlights. There are still many inequities to redress, and each of us must accept responsibility for recognizing this and working to make matters better. Self-exmination is, it seems to me, the best tool available.