Interviews With Bluegrass’ Baddest Players To Appear In New Book “If You Can’t Play, Get Off The Stage”

first_imgDiving into the rich, vibrant and controversial history of bluegrass music, If You Can’t Play, Get Off the Stage: Bluegrass in Western North Carolina and Beyond is the debut work from Garret K. Woodward, arts/entertainment editor for The Smoky Mountain News. The book features interviews, profiles, quotes and conversations with the biggest names in bluegrass, mountain and string music, including: Andy Hall (The Infamous Stringdusters), Balsam Range, Billy Strings, Bobby Osborne, Claire Lynch, Dave Johnston (Yonder Mountain String Band), David Grisman, David Holt, Del McCoury, Doyle Lawson, Eric Gibson, Frank Solivan, Graham Sharp (The Steep Canyon Rangers), Jeff Austin, Jesse McReynolds, John Cowan, Larry Sparks, Marty Stuart, Paul Hoffman (Greensky Bluegrass), Peter Rowan, Raymond Fairchild, Rhiannon Giddens, Rhonda Vincent, Ricky Skaggs, Ronnie Reno, Sam Bush, Tim O’Brien, and many more.Garret K. Woodward was born and raised in the tiny Canadian border town of Rouses Point, New York — on the shores of Lake Champlain and in the shadow of the Adirondack Mountains. He graduated from Quinnipiac University (Hamden, Connecticut) in 2007 with degrees in journalism and history. After stints in Lake Placid, New York, and County Kerry, Ireland, he landed his first reporting gig at the Teton Valley News in Driggs, Idaho. In 2008, the Idaho Press Club awarded him first place for “Best Light Feature” for his story “Chasing the American Dream of Breakfast.”From there, Woodward crisscrossed America for several years as a music journalist, covering backyard get-togethers and renowned festivals like Burning Man, Rothbury, Grand Targhee, Outside Lands and Wakarusa. Since 2012, he has been the arts/entertainment editor for The Smoky Mountain News, and was recently named the music editor for Smoky Mountain Living magazine, both based in Waynesville, North Carolina.In 2015, he won first place in the North Carolina Press Association awards for “Arts & Entertainment Reporting” for his cover story 
“Bless Your Heart — The State of Women in 
Bluegrass.” In 2016, Woodward was nominated for “Bluegrass Print/Media Person of the Year” by the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA). The NCPA also recognized him with another first place in 2016 for “Lighter Columns” for his weekly column in The Smoky Mountain News, “This must be the place.”To learn more about the book, or to purchase copies, click here or email him: [email protected]last_img read more

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B’way Grosses: Rotten! Gets a Boost as Christian Borle Bows Out

first_imgChristian Borle in ‘Something Rotten!'(Photo: Joan Marcus) View Comments It’s hard to be the Bard, but it’s even harder to say goodbye. Christian Borle took his final bow in Something Rotten! on July 16, concluding his Tony-winning stint as a leather-clad Shakespeare at the St. James Theatre. The musical comedy bid farewell to him with a box office boost reaching six figures; at $745,373, it reached its highest numbers since April. Additional shows to celebrate similar upticks included The Color Purple, On Your Feet! and Aladdin. Meanwhile, Cats crawled its way back to Broadway and took in $603,553 for its first four purrformances (sorry), and The Crucible ended its limited engagement with a spike up to $613,098 and the highest capacity since its official opening.Here’s a look at who was on top—and who was not—for the week ending July 17:FRONTRUNNERS (By Gross)1. The Lion King ($2,513,984)*2. Hamilton ($2,282,207)*3. Wicked ($1,780,497)4. Aladdin ($1,683,488)5. The Book of Mormon ($1,486,802)*UNDERDOGS (By Gross)5. Motown the Musical ($424,198)4. Fully Committed ($415,767)3. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time ($393,715)2. Fun Home ($366,852)1. An Act of God ($337,557)FRONTRUNNERS (By Capacity)1. The Book of Mormon (102.07%)*2. Hamilton (101.38%)*3. Waitress (100.00%)4. The Humans (99.39%)5. Shuffle Along (99.12%)UNDERDOGS (By Capacity)5. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (67.45%)4. Paramour (66.51%)3. Jersey Boys (65.68%)2. An American in Paris (65.06%)1. Kinky Boots (64.72%)* Number based on nine regular performancesSource: The Broadway Leaguelast_img read more

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Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa avoids 6-month jail term by paying €543,208 fine

first_imgAtletico Madrid striker, Diego Costa has avoided a 6-month jail sentence for tax fraud after paying €543,208 in fines.Costa appeared in court on Tuesday to face allegations that he defrauded the state of more than €1 million by not declaring payments of more than €5.15 million following his move from Chelsea in 2014.Costa was also found guilty failing to declare image rights of more than €1 million.In Spain, sentences below two years for non-violent crimes can be exchanged for a fine, so Costa was able to avoid prison by paying an additional fine of 36,500 euros.Costa had apparently agreed a deal with prosecutors months ago with the option of the striker going to jail taken off the table.“Diego Costa reached an agreement a few months ago with the prosecutor and has already paid the corresponding fine plus interest, and the request for a prison sentence was withdrawn,” an Atletico spokesman told the Reuters news agency.Costa appeared in court wearing a white face mask due to the Coronavirus pandemic.Costa is the latest high-profile footballer to face tax fraud charges.In 2017, Barcelona star Lionel Messi’s faced a 21-month prison sentence for tax fraud.However, he was able to avoid prison-time by paying a fine of €252,000 ($288,000), or  €400 for each day of the sentence.Cristiano Ronaldo was fined €18.8 million ($21.6 million) in 2019.The prosecutors accused him of dodging taxes in Spain between 2010 and 2014, when he was playing for Real Madridlast_img read more

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Ohio State’s Justin Fields on starting QB job: It won’t be handed to me

first_imgJustin Fields is the favorite to be Ohio State’s lead signal caller in Week 1, but he won’t automatically get the job.The sophomore quarterback transferred from Georgia over the offseason and expects to compete for a spot leading up to its season opener on Aug. 31. First-year head coach Ryan Day made him aware of that from the start. “Coach Day told me before I came here that it just wouldn’t be handed to me,” Fields said following Sunday morning practice. “I definitely think we’re all trying to get that starting spot, of course. We’re taking it day by day and trying to improve as a team.”Day’s promotion came on the heels of Urban Meyer’s retirement in December. He inherited an elite talent in Fields, who threw for 266 yards and four touchdowns as a Bulldog in his freshman year before teammate Jake Fromm claimed first spot on the depth chart. Related News Although Fields lost to Fromm, he’d rather work on improving than try to stay ahead of Ohio State’s other quarterbacks.“I don’t try to think about it as a battle,” Fields said. “I don’t feel like I have to be better than this guy or this guy. I’m focused on us as a whole offense just trying to get better each and every day.”His primary competition is expected to be sophomore transfer Gunnar Hoak, as Ohio State’s 2018 backup, Tate Martell, has transferred to Miami. USC’s Austin Jackson calls bone marrow transplant to little sister ‘a godsend’ Rather than focusing on who he has to beat, Fields is working on building rapport with a Buckeyes team that finished 13-1 and won the Rose Bowl last year.“Everyone on the team knows the quarterback has to be the leader,” Fields said. “When you come into a new place, you can’t come in and act like you’re the leader. You have to get used to the guys and build relationships with them so they trust you. Then you can step out and be a leader. That’s what I did. I feel like I am becoming more of a leader each and every day.”last_img read more

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Sickles to Open Second Location in Red Bank

first_imgBy Judy O’Gorman AlvarezRED BANK – Sickles Market, the 100-plus year old farm market will open a second location on the West side of Red Bank in late 2017.The 8,000-square-foot planned building will be on the site of the former Anderson Moving and Storage building on Bridge Avenue that has been empty for decades.The new market will be an important part of the gentrification of Red Bank’s West side.Sickles is leasing the location from Metrovation and working with the architecture firm Richardson Smith Architects.“We feel we have a strong brand in the area,” said Bob Sickles, owner of Sickles Market, which started more than 100 years ago.The new Sickles Market will have similar inventory in both stores. A new addition to the fare – in both Red Bank and Little Silver locations – will be seafood.“It will all be devoted to food,” says Sickles. With little room for the gift and garden centers now found at the Little Silver market, aThe Sickles family once operated a grocery, wine, and liquor store in Red Bank around the 1960s-70s, said Bob Sickle. Photo courtesy Sickles Familypossible pop-up garden center may be added.The sprawling ground floor will house produce, bakery, seafood and specialty foods and limited seating, while upstairs floor will have office space. An important element will be 155 parking spaces. “Parking is key in Red Bank,” Sickles said.“The future for us is focused on perishables in the food area,” he said. “Cheese in particular is our strong suit; charcuterie is something we’re going to take even further” in the Red Bank location.What this will mean for Red Bank is a continued gentrification of Red Bank and the Westside in particular. “And I imagine at least 40 or 50 jobs will be added” he said.Sickles thinks a market like this will allow shoppers a convenient place for produce, gourmet foods and now seafood, with access to the bridges leading to Middletown and River Plaza, in addition to the Red Bank train station.Sickles said the move to the Red Bank location is almost fitting as his grandfather once had a store in Red Bank for a time in the early 1900s. Also, Sickles said, he knew the Anderson children while growing up.“We realize we’re in the midst of suburbia,” and Red Bank is a semi-urban area. “We’re going to need nice urban places for people to live and save green space area.”last_img read more

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Kootenay Lake Fishing Report — What better way to enjoy rain

first_imgSo, the majority of our time was spent on the lake.  Either way, at least we made it through the month and caught a lot of fish.  So, here’s the latest report………Kootenay Lake:Well, it’s been a numbers game on Kootenay lately.  Lots and lots of fish being caught.  Same size as the last few months, but they seem to be getting fatter.  Most of our trips have seen 10 – 15 fish coming to the boat, although we just had a crazy day last week with over 25 fish on throughout the day.  At least it keeps people busy. The average sizes have been between 2 – 5 pounds, with a few fish up to 10 pounds. The Bull Trout have been the bigger of the two species lately. We took part in the Nelson City Police Derby in October, and as usual, we had a blast. Lots of fish were caught and lots of fun was had.  This annual charity derby has always been a good one to attend, and this year may have been the best.  For those of you who missed it this year, you missed out on a fantastic Prime Rib Dinner and more door prizes than people this year. So, everyone went home with plenty of prizes.  Another job well done by the local police alumni.  Hope to see more familiar faces again next year! And now that November is here, there has been a break in the weather and people are starting to get out on the water again.  I’ve seen more boats in the past 2 days than I’ve seen all last month. Hopefully the weather is a bit more enjoyable for this month, and more people can get out and enjoy the active fishery. November has always been my favourite month in the fall for fishing.  So, stay tuned………….Columbia River: The river has produced some nice fish this past month.  Although, we didn’t get out there as much as we usually do because of the weather.  But, when we did, we managed to hook some good fish.  Walleye fishing continued to be good throughout October with some nice fish up to 6 pounds being caught.  I even saw a picture of a beautiful 14 pounder from last week.  Nice to see there’s still some big ones in there. The Rainbow fishery was also pretty good.  Some healthy bows up to 5 pounds coming in lately.  Hopefully the weather will allow us to get out there a bit more this next month.Kootenay Rivers and Tributaries: Bull Trout fishing was in full swing during October again.  And, as usual, there were some big bulls pulled out from the rivers.  Again, we didn’t get out as much as I would have liked, but when we did, the fish were rewarding.  Biggest Bull I saw was 15 Lbs, but lots of 6 – 12 pound fish were caught.  It was nice to have a few different options this fall.  A good change of scenery. And now for the next couple months we will probably spend most days on the lake, but when the nice weather days show up, we will definitely want to hit the river a few more times.What are they biting on: The Rainbows have finally started coming to the top, so we are catching a lot of fish on the usual buck tail flies.  Lately my favourite colors have been lucky numbers: 214, 215, 221, and 234.  Common colors of grey/white or black/white have been working best.  Mostly with the green crystal. We have also been catching a fair number of Bull Trout and Rainbows on the down rigger.  Magic depths have been from 100ft – 135 feet.  And my favorite lures have been the Highliner Flasher with a hoochie, or the Highliner Flasher with some of my new favorite spoons.  Gibbs Delta G-Force spoons have been a great addition to my tackle box.  Specifically the ‘Skinny G’ has been working best for me in the magic colors called ‘No Bananas’ or ‘Paddy Wagon’.  Check them out… On the rivers, we have been catching Rainbows on the fly and also on spinners tipped with a worm.  Or the bottom bouncer with worm has worked well also.  Our big Bull Trout have been caught on some big streamer pattern flies, as well as spinning rod with Gibbs Crocodile spoons.  Just have to put it in their face. That should about cover it for now. Until next month,Tight lines…………………………. It’s time for the best fishing information from Kerry Reed of Reel Adventures Sportfishing. Despite one of the wettest October’s on record, Kerry has a way of getting the best out of a day on the water.Despite the weather in October, we managed to get out on the water almost every day.  I had good intentions of spending lots of time in the jetsled, however it was much more comfortable in the big boat with the furnace.  Kerry Reed Reel Adventures 250-505-4963 www.reeladventuresfishing.comlast_img read more

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