Monthly Archives: November 2014

“O Beautiful Star of Bethlehem” (Now Available!)

Last December (2013) I published a post on the history of the wonderful Christmas spiritual, first recorded (to my knowledge) by The Stanley Brothers back in the early ’60s.  You can find that post here.  Judging from views, it’s the … Continue reading

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John Lincoln Wright’s “Takin’ Old Route One” Now on CD!

John Lincoln Wright was to my mind the best country singer to come out of New England, except for Dick Curless, and undoubtedly the best songwriter.  He was also a terrific band leader and stage presence (though to my knowledge … Continue reading

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HA’pennings: The Cantab Wants You! (If You Play Bluegrass)

A couple of weeks ago, a newsletter from Geoff Bartley featured a want ad for bluegrass bands to play at his well-known Cambridge club, The Cantab, which features bluegrass on Tuesday evenings.  I asked Geoff if I could reproduce it, … Continue reading

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HA’pennings: Kim Robins, “40 Years Late”

I’ve been planning to start posting some record reviews and other news, but “The best laid plans. . .” go their own way.  In lieu of those, I’m starting what I hope can be a regular feature, “HA’pennings”: brief notes … Continue reading

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2015 Joe Val Festival News

From the Boston Bluegrass Union website: 2015 Joe Val Update:    Sheraton hotel rooms sold out within 1-2 minutes.    However, there are rooms available at our overflow hotels only a few minutes away.  Weekend tickets are now on sale. … Continue reading

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From Raleigh to Virginia—Part 3 of Our Trip South

[Part 1 is HERE.  Part 2 is HERE.] I awoke Friday morning to bright sunshine in Raleigh; Dr Janie had gone out for a walk, and returned bearing coffee and a muffin from The Carolina Kitchen.  She had checked to … Continue reading

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Metropolitan Opry Times for the 2014-2015 Broadcasts

Here’s the schedule for the Metropolitan Opry (as we call it at HAH).  Only five Met broadcasts begin as early as noon (three in December); the rest at 12:30 or 1:00, so HAH won’t lose too much air time.  David … Continue reading

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At the World of Bluegrass in Raleigh—Part 2 of Our Trip South

[Note: Part 1 is HERE.  Part 3 is HERE.] Winning a Distinguished Achievement Award got Dr Janie and me tickets to the Thursday evening 25th Annual International Bluegrass Music Awards.  Indeed, as VIPs (Virtually Invisible Personages?), upon entering the grounds … Continue reading

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First Lady of the Air: A Piece of Her Plane Identified?

From an October 29th report on the Fox News website (hat-tip to space-time on the MacResource Forum): Amelia Earhart plane fragment identified By Rossella Lorenzi A fragment of Amelia Earhart’s lost aircraft has been identified to a high degree of … Continue reading

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