CBMS President Kevin Slick is the CBMS president for 2017. If you have a question about his availability (He is the guitarist in the band The Savage Hearts), or if you have a question about CBMS, please feel free to email him.
Executive Message "This ain't no part of nothin'" Or is it...?
Howdy bluegrass friends,
I hope your summer is full of music and good times and you’re enjoying one, two or more of the many festivals or gigs that make Colorado such a wonderful place for bluegrass. If you’ve ever felt like this is just the greatest place to be as a bluegrass fan you’re not alone. Basin and Range Magazine recently published an article entitled “Is Colorado the New Epicenter of Bluegrass?” to which I’d say “Of course!” Although honestly many of us would say there’s nothing “new” about it, we’ve been the epicenter for some time now. We’ve discussed exactly what makes Colorado bluegrass unique in Pow’r Pickin’ and on the Web site before, and the consensus seems to be that the diversity and freedom of expression within the genre ranks high on the list of what we value most about the music scene here in the Rocky Mountains. I am going to take this opportunity to make a suggestion. In truth, I don’t know how many people read these letters, think about them or take action based on my ideas, requests or suggestions but on the off chance that they might prompt some thinking I present some food for thought. Lately I’ve read a fair number of articles, letters to magazines or posts on social media lamenting the lack of what some would call “Real Bluegrass” on radio stations, covered in articles or reviews or on the line up at festivals. Rather than re-hash discussions on whether or not bluegrass is by definition a hybrid music genre, I suggest we think about the size of bluegrass audience. Let’s face it, we’re a niche within a niche. Is it possible that some band playing a form of bluegrass you might not even acknowledge as belonging to the genre, covering Pink Floyd or Metallica at a festival might draw in some fans who otherwise would have missed out completely? Is it possible that the bluegrass radio show that also features a banjo cover of “Take Five” might catch the ear of a casual listener and send them searching out more five string recordings? I would suggest that we have plenty of room for new fans coming into the fold. I would also suggest that rather than complain about this band or that record as not really being authentic bluegrass, one could appreciate the fact that someone else might enjoy it—and then offer to share the music you love with a new fan. My guess is that we’ll grow the bluegrass family and generally have more fun if we look for the common ground rather than drawing lines in the sand.