The Bluegrass Situation: Roots Culture Redefined
OpinionJun 20, 2017

It all started in the Hague. I was backstage getting ready for the first night of tour with the Mastersons when the Dutch venue crew turned on a live broadcast of the inauguration. I'd hoped that touring Europe during the early days of the new administration would offer a bit of relief from the constant media…

OpinionJun 9, 2017

Dear Jolie, This is a long story, so I'll try and give you the short version: My sister is in an acute care facility where she is being treated for pneumonia for the next two months. I haven't seen her for 12 years which is when she started using hard drugs. She has now been clean for 27 days…

OpinionMay 8, 2017

Dear Jolie, Since the election, I have been despondent. Maybe depressed is the right word, I don't know. And I realize that Trump voters could say, "Oh boo hoo, get over it," and that's fine, but I think what I'm asking here is not really partisan and maybe applies to everyone. The thing is, I'm normally what…

OpinionApr 26, 2017

In light of the recent news that Jimmy LaFave has been diagnosed with a rare, terminal cancer, some of his friends have set up a GoFundMe page to celebrate and support him. Singer/songwriter Gretchen Peters also wanted to share a few words about her dear friend and cherished collaborator.I love Jimmy LaFave. I love him…

OpinionApr 20, 2017

Hi Jolie,I have a question I'd like to ask for your advice column: I am a female musician who is surprised by the number of negative voices coming at me as I turn 40 because I don't feel diminished. When asked or interviewed about my art, the first inquiry anyone leads with is some variation of "How…