OBA: What and Why

It’s been more than 30 years since a group of musicians started the Oregon Bluegrass Association. In that time, a lot has changed — everything from the definition of bluegrass to the [...]

Your dream jam

I’ve been jamming with bluegrass musicians for more years than I care to admit. And over time, the nature of jams has changed. And the more people I meet, the more I find that people are [...]

Who’s at Wintergrass?

As someone who attended the first 10 Wintergrass festivals, I am always reluctant to miss one of these amazing events. Just in case there’s any sentient bluegrasser in the Northwest who [...]

Where have all the venues gone?

Talking to the folks who have been playing bluegrass in Oregon for a long time, one gets a really different picture of what it means to be in a working band. In the 70s and 80s, it was possible [...]

Why is every band a jam band?

Here’s what I’ve been thinking about. Why does every professional band these days, no matter how traditional or progressive, feel it’s necessary to put in a jam-band like [...]

Is there life after Wintergrass?

Congratulations to Banjo Tony and Randy Black for their amazing non-stop stint in the OBA Room at Wintergrass. Tony says that sleeping from 5 to 11 a.m. is all he needs. Showcases included Ken [...]

On your mind

Christine Weinmeister and John Prunty are miracle workers. They herd a bunch of cats (some cranky, some just slow-moving) to provide copy, photographs, advertising and more so they can assemble [...]