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Term “oldtime” deemed politically insensitive to the elderly
Maybe the tune is straight and the rest of the world is crooked. Woah!
Stickerville Toilets Vandalized: Police Have Nothing To Go On
Springfield police officer Matt Stevens enters mental freeze when he uncovers local punks playing oldtime music
Records reveal oldtime royalty not really royal
Banjo uke given presidential pardon
Phrase “one more tune” found to be potentially misleading
Asheville, NC banjo player can’t decide whether to wear his Red Wing or Frye boots to tonight’s jam
New Study Shows Waltzes Reduce Time Signature By 25% In Mice
Lonesome John discovers Tinder
Clifftop Strip Tease Competition Update: Contestants Asked Not To Remove G-string
Lost Girl found
Augusta reschedules to February
Local New Haven djembe player subtly uninvited to next jam
Wife of Vermont oldtime fiddler hasn’t seen husband “in decades”
Confused bluegrass guitar player keeps asking himself, “Where’s the f**king one?”
Drunken frat boy assaulted after requesting “Wagon Wheel” not once, but twice
Ralph Stanley switches to banjo, harmonica “too hard”
Netherton returns to melody after long separation
All tunes played at 140 bpm at first ever Missouri slow jam
Bass overtakes harmonica as fifth most popular oldtime instrument
Mississippi Sawyer displaced by chainsaw
Pig’s foot officially too far in the fire
Bruce Molsky slowly coming to grips with the fact he has groupies
“Lost Indian” Exactly Where He’s Supposed To Be
After a decade of brave resistance, Midwest fiddler Laura Heinmann finally retunes to cross A
National Endowment for the Arts grants $12.15 and a six-pack of Mtn Dew to compose “Tenth of January”
West Virginia oldtime musicians narrowly avert brawl by not talking about politics
Scienticists shocked to discover that oldtime is actually still new



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Clarke Buehling: interview & tunes

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Clawhammer Banjo and the Great Fingernail Dilemma

There are some fine clawhammer banjo players who have unbelievably short fingernails, trimmed or bitten to the nub. For the life of...

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Banjo Resources

Oldtime banjo players are probably the luckiest of the lot in finding learning materials online. I have no good explanation for why, but there's...

Is oldtime out of tune?

Whether we admit it or not, almost all of us have had that moment of listening to an oldtime fiddler –...

Clifftop: a Beginner’s Guide

All photos by Sandra Parks Three to four thousand old-time musicians, all in...

Fiddle Resources

There's a ton of resources out there on the web to help you learn oldtime fiddle. This is a...

Bad Festival Neighbors

When you roll up to an old time festival, you know you aren’t checking into the Presidential...

Take it slow: tools to slow down recordings

Overview: Learning tunes by ear is great – slowing tunes down makes that...

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