Strings & Things

November 22, 2017

Denny and I sat in the studio of David McKinney in Batesville, Arkansas settling in on her new “Modern Mountain Dulcimer”. In truth, the decision had already been made before we even got there. Denny had told him the day before what she wanted. He said, “I think I have...

November 13, 2017


I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the definitions of “bluegrass” “old-time” and “Irish” music.  These three genres seem to be deeply connected, yet distinctly different.  This article is an attempt to summarize the modern-day uses of these terms as they relate to...

November 2, 2017

Perhaps it starts on a cold winter day and a tree is harvested. I say "harvested" because there are trees that are simply "cut down" and disposed of and then there are trees that are harvested. This means that their wood is used for something. And, that something could...

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