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Latest Activity: Oct 13, 2015

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Blue grass finger picking 9 Replies

I Was wondering if its possible to fingerpick Bluegrass guitar as im not very good with a pick!I love the Stanley Brothers, Jimmy Martin, Tony Rice All Stars ectKind RegardsGary :-)Continue

Started by Gary McNaughton. Last reply by Gary McNaughton Feb 9, 2015.

Martin and Bluegrass ... Why? 17 Replies

Just looking for input on a question that I get asked frequently.Why is it that probably 98% of all Bluegrass pickers play either a Martin or a specially made Martin clone?Thanks to Doc Watson, you…Continue

Started by Jud Hair. Last reply by Jim Yates Feb 9, 2015.

MACC show in Columbus

I was hoping to get together with other members who may be going to one of the best shows of every year. All the money goes to St Judes and always an all star line up:…Continue

Started by Joe Allen Jun 8, 2014.

What was your introduction to bluegrass music, and what is your current involvement? 13 Replies

   Since I am introducing this topic, I suppose I should lead by example and answer my own question.  My entre into bluegrass was probably just the reverse of most folks.  My experience with others…Continue

Started by Ken Bellingham. Last reply by Eddie Charles Jan 18, 2014.

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Comment by Michael S. Jackson on March 29, 2012 at 2:02pm

That would be great - thank you in advance!


Comment by Jud Hair on March 29, 2012 at 11:54am

@ Michael ... I do have the clipping in some box somwhere in the attic crawl space.  I started rummaging around for it when the news broke last night, but was overcome by dust and claustrophobia and had to quit.  I need to man-up and look some more.  If I find it soon enough, I'll scan it and post here.

Comment by Michael S. Jackson on March 29, 2012 at 11:49am

I know what you mean. It's sort of like the time my friend and I tried to change a 1920s Gibson L5 into an electric bass and totally destroyed it.

Or maybe it's more like when I was driving a truck picking up laundry for a local compaly and one of my stops was the Browning home. Mrs. Browning used to invite me to swim in their pool, bring cookies and lemonade, etc. and a couple of time Val Browning invited me into their home and showed me his private firearms collection. As a teenager, I was only mildly interested in the collection and more concerned with getting back to the pool.

Some have been ostracized from these electronic pages for even mentioning firearms. So, if you are not offended by them, take the latter example as my reminiscence of "if I only knew then what I know now." If you are a hoplaphobe, just read the former recountence and forget I mentioned those evil implements of destruction.

At any rate, Jud, you had one golden opportunity that all of us - and I'm sure even you, today - would absolutely love to have. Do you still have a copy of your interview?

Take care - m

Comment by Jud Hair on March 29, 2012 at 11:01am

In 1974 as a recent college grad and fledgling reporter of a local newpaper, I had the great pleasure of interviewing Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs prior to a concert.  Unfortunately as a 21 year-old in the early 70s, I assumed that they were "just those guys who were on the "Beverly Hillbillies" and absolutely did not realize that I was in the presence of greatness.  Sadly, for me at that time, if it wasn't Neil Young or James Taylor, etc., it was not important.  Sigh ...

Comment by Michael S. Jackson on March 29, 2012 at 10:12am

Rest in peace, Uncle Earl - you changed the world for the better.


Comment by ed mailhot on December 25, 2011 at 12:12am

hi all, it has been almost 2 years since I last posted on AG, I'm hoping to get the opportunity to pop in here more often.


Comment by Peg Andrae on October 27, 2011 at 7:22am
Thanks for all the information, Ken! It sounds like a great winter getaway! I'll visit the website.
Comment by Ken Bellingham on October 26, 2011 at 6:17pm

Hi Peg,

   Since you expressed interest in our bluegrass association, I thought I would provide you with the link to the website:  Bluegrass music is really a family-oriented genre, and you can get a good sense of that when participating in some of the association's activities.  Even though California is a pretty large geographical expanse, players from all around the state stay connected as a community through the CBA. 

   The largest annual event has traditionally been the Fathers' Day camp and festival in Grass Valley, CA.  Two years ago the winter camp was begun as an alternative for folks who couldn't get to Grass Valley in June.  That event has its own website at:  There are a great many bluegrass gatherings around the country, but not so many in winter, and this one was an immediate success.  It is a great escape from the winter blahs, if you can get away in February.  I roomed with one fellow who came out from New York both years, and I expect to see him again this year.  He likes to go roaming in the surrounding hills with his camera after classes.  I also met and performed with a woman from Virginia.  There is always a good lineup of instructors.  Roland White, brother of Clarence, will be here from Nashville for the third year.  He is regarded around camp as a patriarch of bluegrass.  Peter Rowan will be an instructor for the first time this year.  He is teaching a vocal class, and although registration was just opened on Oct. 20, his class has already filled up.

   The location for the camp also has its own website:  The facilities are very comfortable, the meals are good, and the staff is attentive and very professional.  Walker Creek Ranch is actually administered by a school district and serves as an off-site natural science school for a succession of visiting school children who come for a week at a time, so the staff members are very experienced, competent and efficient hosts.  Perhaps you or others from this discussion group will join us one of these years.




Comment by Georgianne Boissier on October 26, 2011 at 4:58pm


I have not heard of Swannanoa Gathering in Asheville, NC.  Sounds like tons of fun.  My husband and I hope to retire in the next year or so and then we'll have some time to attend all these events and really have some fun with the music thing.  Work pays the bills....but it sure gets in the way sometimes :)


Comment by Jud Hair on October 26, 2011 at 3:38pm
Peg ... it was a trade-in and the top had a very wide grain. It had the "burst" finish and the guy may have just assumed it was adirondack.  More likely it was sitka.

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