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Dutch Stories: The Werewolf of Doylestown, PA!

So I have this friend named ____________; we’ve been friends for 19 years, since our time in Peace Corps. Standup guy. Jersey boy, through and through. He and I have had some amazing adventures over the years: from West Africa … Continue reading

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Arlington House, the Home of General Robert E. Lee

Earlier this month, I had the good fortune to attend a reception held at Arlington House, in Arlington National Cemetery. The mansion overlooks the Potomac River and Washington, D.C. For those who don’t know, Arlington House was built between 1802 … Continue reading

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The Little Known History of the Banjo: Interview with Greg C. Adams, Banjo Historian, Archivist, and Ethnomusicologist

Your cultural ideas about the banjo are incomplete. For many people, the banjo evokes several general understandings. It’s perceived as an instrument of old-time mountain music, bluegrass, and the mid-20th century Folk Revival. It’s quaint, it’s familiar, it’s “all-American,” and … Continue reading

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Moonshine: A Layperson’s Review – Midnight Moon (Grandma Edition)!

It’s been a few months since my last moonshine review, so I wanted to pick a brand that tantalized my taste buds, while inspiring a sensible commentary. Most of my choices are triggered either by nostalgia or a bizarre fascination … Continue reading

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Valentine’s Day Parody: A Letter from Strong-but-Vulnerable, Dark Secret T-Shirt Dude

  Hey Ladies, It’s me, Strong-but-Vulnerable Dark Secret T-shirt Dude, and I just wanna send you a few words of love on this Valentine’s Day.  Right now, it’s early morning.  I’m writing this love message on artisanal stationary with a … Continue reading

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Old-Time Folk Music: Dom Flemons, American Songster and Co-Founder of the Carolina Chocolate Drops

  To gain a better understanding of old-time folk music, I had the wonderful opportunity to interview Dom Flemons, the “American Songster” and one of the founding members of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, an old-time string band from Durham, North … Continue reading

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Old-Time Folk Music: An Introduction to Ethnography and Online Sound Recordings

  Old-Time Folk Music, or Old-Time Mountain Music, plays a significant role in my novel.  And although I’m currently eight drafts into my manuscript, I wanted to discuss why I think Old-Time Folk Music is an essential genre of American … Continue reading

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