Let’s see what we can find this week.
Fayfare Opry Blog posted their annual year in review. In general, it’s worth noting that the Opry added the most members in one year since the sixties and nearly half of the current Opry members made zero or one Opry appearance in 2021. The other trend worth noting is the prevalence of guest comedians. Gary Mule Deer was tied for 4th most Opry appearances of anyone in 2021 and Henry Cho was also in the top 10.
It was announced this morning that the 6th annual Southeastern Fiddle Championship in Tuscaloosa, Alabama will be held April 30th. The event is free. Breaking Grass will be the headline act.
There were many “news” stories in recent days about the arrest of Jay Barker for allegedly trying to hit his estranged wife Sara Evans with his vehicle. The media accounts are very difficult to believe. We’re “supposed” to believe that Jay was in the driveway and deliberately tried to hit Sara’s vehicle, but completely missed ? How is that even possible ?
The Pressley Girls posted a new fiddle tune, Clover Reel. Fiddle tunes were practically synonymous with country music a century ago and before. Now, fiddle tunes are often lumped into “old time and bluegrass” or worse yet, “Americana/folk.” What about new fiddle music, though, that isn’t “old” or necessarily part of any of those other scenes ? In other words, since there is a category for “old time fiddle,” shouldn’t there also be a category for “new time fiddle?” What modern fiddle songs come to mind ? “The Devil Went Down To Georgia” is from 1979 and “Ashokan Farewell” is from 1982.
The B&B Project isn’t country music, but if you enjoy stringed instruments, they’re worth a listen. Their specialty is the Ukrainian bandura.
I hoped to attend a lot more live shows in 2022, but I’m getting serious sticker shock. I refuse to purchase marked up “scalper” tickets. I’ve seen hundreds of acts perform in the last few years. Some of the acts I saw for little or nothing a few years ago are headliners now. I expect to go to some festivals this spring and summer. Many festivals are quite affordable and you can check out a large number of acts in a short amount of time.