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  • December 11, 2011
    By Brad San Martin

    Bluegrass: From the past with teeth

    Years ago, while still ensconced in my former life as a music industry stooge (and proudly so), I was in a meeting with legendary polka bandleader Jimmy Sturr. Sturr’s got more Grammies than Whitney Houston and Madonna combined, by the way. Bluegrass music was cresting its post-O, Brother wave of popularity and interest, and there was some marketing-driven discussion about the differences and similarities between bluegrass and polka.

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  • November 27, 2011
    By Brad San Martin

    Men's Room, 40 Watt Club, Athens, Georgia

    Let me open with an apology: The metaphorical pause-button had to be depressed onto VinylSighting for a few weeks whilst I relocated. And, as any record-nerd will tell you, the worst part of accumulating vast vinyl reserves is moving it all. It has serious mass. Lugging it across town in endless successive carloads only prolonged the agony.

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  • August 21, 2011
    By Brad San Martin
    On the side...

    You’re successful in a certain undersung capacity. Maybe you write the songs, but don’t sing them. Maybe you provide some hot guitar, bass, clavinet, or drums. Maybe you produce things, but have yet to foist your own music upon the world. You’re a sideman, eeking it out behind the scenes, basking in at-best reflected glory – often deserving as much (if not more) credit than your nominal boss.

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