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



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