Juli Thanki is a graduate student studying trauma and memory in the postbellum South. She tries to live her life by the adage "What Would Dolly Parton Do?" but has yet to build an eponymous theme park, undergo obscene amounts of plastic surgery, or duet with Porter Wagoner (that last one might prove a little difficult, but nevertheless she perseveres). When not writing for PopMatters, Juli can generally be found playing the banjo incompetently, consuming copious amounts of coffee, and tanning in the blue glow of her laptop.
The Carolina Chocolate Drops Shine a Light on Country Music's Neglected Roots | 30 Jun 2010 // 5:00 PM
"We listen to a lot of traditional music but we can only use it as it's relevant to us," Robinson says. Instead, the goal is to keep the "bare bones" of the original song and then incorporate their own varied influences.
The Best Bluegrass of 2008 | 18 Dec 2008 // 3:00 PM
The year's best bluegrass music is chock full of harmonies that recall classic dueting brothers, tight-knit family pickin', and even bluegrass for people who don't like bluegrass.
The Music That Matters: Ralph Rinzler and Bill Monroe, Part Two | 8 Dec 2009 // 4:00 PM
During the height of his career, Bill Monroe fielded a baseball team that would organize pickup games in each town in order to drum up publicity for that evening's concert.
The Music That Matters Part One: Bill Monroe and Ralph Rinzler | 3 Nov 2009 // 3:00 PM
In the late '30s and '40s, Bill Monroe and His Blue Grass Boys were the biggest stars in country music, but when he appeared onstage at the 1963 Newport Folk Festival, he did so after a number of years spent toiling in relative obscurity.
Adam Steffey: One More for the Road | 9 Dec 2009 // 4:00 PM
If this isn't the best bluegrass record of the year, it's because Bill Monroe, Lester Flatt, and Chubby Wise have returned and formed the Undead Mountain Boys.
Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver: Lonely Street | 13 Aug 2009 // 5:00 PM
Doyle Lawson is no spring chicken, but he delivers traditional bluegrass music with the energy of a man half his age.