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Never Be Lonesome: The Bluegrass Inclusion Movement Sweeps RaleighWell after midnight on Thursday at World of Bluegrass in Raleigh, North Carolina, Molly Tuttle and her quartet took the stage of the Lincoln Theater for a surprise show. The room quivered with anticipation because, a few hours before, Tuttle had been named the IBMA Guitar Player of the Year…
OpinionJul 21, 2017

Dear Jolie, I used to live near my brother and his family, and we had a great relationship and saw each other pretty frequently. I moved to another city a few years ago and, ever since I moved, it's like he doesn't know I exist any more. He never, ever gets in touch, and barely will respond…

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…