Monthly Archives: November 2011

A Personal Portrait of Bill Monroe

By Charmaine Lanham… The late Bill Monroe was not only a bold innovator on the mandolin, he was a remarkable teacher. His unique music philosophy was that anyone could play his style of music and he spent his career encouraging multitudes of musicians to do just that. He showed up in music clubs, at festivals and parties, at any gathering of fans and players. Continue Reading

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S-S-Steam Heat

By Jim Hornsby… Every Fall my steam heat comes to life. Those more accustomed to the genteel world of central air won’t appreciate the significance of that, but if you have steam — and a number of people still do — I picture you with an understanding smile, a knowing nod of confirmation that says we are akin, time travelers in a bygone era and surviving heirs to a noble science that in its day gave civilization its steamboats, calliopes, home spas, travel irons and (my personal favorite) the song lyrics, “I’ve got cling, cling, fsssss, fsssss, steam heat, but I need your love to keep away the cold.”* Continue Reading

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A Conversation with Mandolin Mike

By Jim Hornsby… Mike Slusser estimates that over the past 12 years he has logged 18,000 hours busking on lower Broadway. “Twelve winters and 13 summers,” he says with a smile. His impressive talent and friendly, outgoing manner have made him a fixture on the local scene and an unofficial goodwill ambassador for the city. Continue Reading

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The Birth of The Cooperstand

By Susie Coleman… When Daniel Cooper came to Nashville in 2001, his goal was to become a better songwriter. “I’m still working on that,” he grins. He could never have guessed that his background in art and sculpture would wiggle its way into his musical future. But over the last two years, Daniel has sold over 30,000 Cooperstands, the innovative instrument holder he designed in 2009. Continue Reading

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The Malta Museum of Fine Arts

By Jim Hornsby… I enjoy viewing art when I travel and it is a special treat when I find a good collection in a city that is itself a work of art. Such was my good fortune this spring when I visited the National Museum of Fine Arts in Valletta, Malta. Malta is located about 60 miles south of Sicily on a few small islands that have been consistently inhabited for over 7,000 years. Continue Reading

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