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Wife of Vermont oldtime fiddler hasn’t seen husband “in decades”
Scienticists shocked to discover that oldtime is actually still new
Netherton returns to melody after long separation
Asheville, NC banjo player can’t decide whether to wear his Red Wing or Frye boots to tonight’s jam
Augusta reschedules to February
Local New Haven djembe player subtly uninvited to next jam
Bruce Molsky slowly coming to grips with the fact he has groupies
National Endowment for the Arts grants $12.15 and a six-pack of Mtn Dew to compose “Tenth of January”
Phrase “one more tune” found to be potentially misleading
Springfield police officer Matt Stevens enters mental freeze when he uncovers local punks playing oldtime music
New Study Shows Waltzes Reduce Time Signature By 25% In Mice
Bass overtakes harmonica as fifth most popular oldtime instrument
Drunken frat boy assaulted after requesting “Wagon Wheel” not once, but twice
After a decade of brave resistance, Midwest fiddler Laura Heinmann finally retunes to cross A
All tunes played at 140 bpm at first ever Missouri slow jam
West Virginia oldtime musicians narrowly avert brawl by not talking about politics
Pig’s foot officially too far in the fire
Mississippi Sawyer displaced by chainsaw
Ralph Stanley switches to banjo, harmonica “too hard”
Records reveal oldtime royalty not really royal
Maybe the tune is straight and the rest of the world is crooked. Woah!
Banjo uke given presidential pardon
Lost Girl found



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