Acoustic Flashbacks: A harmonious chat with Emmylou Harris in 2004
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Acoustic Flashbacks: A harmonious chat with Emmylou Harris in 2004

By JOHN LEHNDORFF (Rocky Mountain News, Aug. 27, 2004) During a 30-year music career spanning her discovery by Gram Parsons to gold-selling solo CDs to shining moments on the O Brother soundtrack, Emmylou Harris has happily basked in the spotlight as a bona fide star. The thing is, she’d really rather be simply harmonizing. At … Continue reading

Twang spoken here: Bill Monroe fathered Colorado’s bluegrass boom
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Twang spoken here: Bill Monroe fathered Colorado’s bluegrass boom

BY JOHN LEHNDORFF (This feature appears in the current issue of Colorado AAA Encompass magazine – plus additional information) It’s not a native tongue, but the bluegrass ballads, waltzes and breakdowns full of stories about mournful death, deep valleys, lonesome train whistles, heartbreak, outlaws and wide creeks resonate in the Rockies as clearly as they … Continue reading

Acousticity: After 42 years of Festivation it’s a new stage for Telluride’s Town Park
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Acousticity: After 42 years of Festivation it’s a new stage for Telluride’s Town Park

By John Lehndorff (This feature originally appeared in the Festival Guide for the 2015 Telluride Bluegrass Festival) Sometime this autumn after the final festival of the year in Telluride, theFred Shellman Memorial Stage in Town Park will be demolished down to the bare ground. A new stage long in the planning will debut in 2016. … Continue reading

Acousticity: The one where Ry goes honky tonkin’ with Ricky, Sharon and Buck
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Acousticity: The one where Ry goes honky tonkin’ with Ricky, Sharon and Buck

By JOHN LEHNDORFF (Note: This feature originally appeared in the Daily Camera and online at Second Story Garage. Cooder-Skaggs-White performs Wednesday, June 17,  in Aspen, Friday in Boulder, Sunday in Telluride, and Monday at the Denver Botanic Gardens.) Ry Cooder may be the greatest musician of our era that almost nobody knows. Guitar geeks do … Continue reading

Bela Fleck brings the family for diverse summer of musical fun in Colorado
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Bela Fleck brings the family for diverse summer of musical fun in Colorado

(Originally published by Second Story Garage and the Colorado Daily) http://secondstorygarage.com/bela-flecks-colorado-tour-brings-sonic-diversity/ By John Lehndorff All photos by Hans Lehndorff Banjo virtuoso Béla Fleck might as well declare the state of Colorado his summer musical home. Since he first visited the state as a member of the seminal rock-tinged bluegrass quartet New Grass Revival, Fleck has … Continue reading