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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Letters to the Editor for Tuesday, June 11

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionTonko shows he’s grown out of touchPaul Tonko, are you listening? You have lost touch. After reading in The Gazette that you support more investigations on impeaching our president, and continuing to waste our money on this witch hunt, it’s clear you no longer represent what’s right and decent. While an assemblymen here in New York you seemed to want what was good for all New York.  I supported you and believed you had our best interests at heart.But this unwavering, lockstep, partisan Democrat charade you have demonstrated since your ascension to Washington is disturbing and disheartening. New York is the highest-taxed, most unfairly regulated, oppressed state in the country.Gov. Andrew Cuomo, whom you adamantly continue to support, has virtually bankrupted our state, wasted our money on giveaway programs to undocumented  immigrants and criminals, while our infrastructure crumbles, school and property taxes are astronomical and the unborn and disabled are forgotten.And now you’re worried about another fruitless probe. Shame on you Paul. You have lost my vote. We deserve better.If I see you again at a local function or your annual visit to the Altamont Fair, I will respectfully shake your hand. But remember, we put you in Washington to support us at home, not the other way around. Just do your job. What you’re doing now is not it. It’s time you see what’s happening at home to us.Paul HasbrouckPrincetownGroup desperately in need of volunteersI’m writing with a plea for help. The senior population of our area is growing faster than our number of volunteers.This is causing a problem in serving their needs, especially in the towns of Ballston and Malta. Care Links was established in 1996 to “link those in need with those that care” thereby enabling persons 60 and older to continue to live independently in their own homes. But we are in trouble. Today, 39 older residents of southern Saratoga County need your help. Due to ever-increasing requests for support, they have been placed on a waiting list for services. We have 15 seniors who are waiting for rides to medical appointments, dialysis and shopping and another 24 waiting for relief through respite, a conversation with a friendly visitor or someone to do their shopping.Can you help us by volunteering? Care Links is very flexible in its scheduling and we have opportunities for all ages, from children to seniors.  If a couple of hours a week or one day a month. Whatever time works for you, will work for us. If you wish to explore the possibility of volunteering for any of these services, please call Care Links at 518-399-3262. Thank you!Francine RodgerClifton ParkThe writer is chair, Captain/CHS Senior Services CommitteeEnforce laws to curb illegal immigrationI am a transplanted Texan who lived in south Texas near the Gulf Coast, about a 3-hour drive to Mexico.It’s amusing to me to hear how badly we treat folks who break our laws to get here and then ignore them once here.Do you think maybe they get away with it because ranches and farms hire them for cheap labor? I lived there for 30 years and it has gotten worse. Pregnant women sneak over the border and get caught so can have their children here safely.We are not going to see a change until we enforce laws already in place.They know that even a camp here is better then a drug-lord-run Mexico. Until we stop hiring them for cheap labor, it will keep happening.It is worse down south and in California. It’s not like folks are sneaking in from Canada in the thousands.Louise WassojnRexfordMore from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homeslast_img read more

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Pacquiao floors sparmate

first_imgManny Pacquiao is nearing peak form less than three weeks before he tries to dethrone Argentina’s Lucas Matthysse as World Boxing Association welterweight king.On Tuesday in General Santos City, the world’s only eight-division world champion staggered sparring partner Gherich Chavez with a single solid straight to the jaw.ADVERTISEMENT The 39-year-old Pacquiao then paused briefly to give Chavez a respite.“I would say he is already 85 percent ready but we don’t want him to peak too soon,” said chief trainer Buboy Fernandez, echoing the observations of strength and conditioning coach Justin Fortune.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“He is right there where we want him to be right now,” said Fortune.Pacquiao challenged himself Monday morning by climbing the steepest route in Maasim, Sarangani province.“It’s a sign that Manny is trying to ask himself questions whether he still has it or not,” said Fortune. “That talks a lot about his warrior spirit.” MOST READ Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial Matthysse, under the tutelage of Joel Diaz, is also in deep training to match whatever firepower Pacquiao will be bringing to the “Fight of Champions” on July 15 at Axiata Arena in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.The 35-year-old Matthysse is planning to arrive in Malaysia 10 days before the fight.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Jobim eyes back-to-back In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding LATEST STORIES Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 Taal victims get help from Kalayaan townlast_img read more

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