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2008-09-03 09:00:22

Dollywood's third annual Barbeque & Bluegrass festival (Sept. 5-28) kicks off Sept. 5, featuring three weeks and more than 500 free concerts by a lineup of award winners that includes Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder (Sept. 5 & 6), The Del McCoury Band (Sept. 7 & 8), Cherryholmes (Sept. 9 & 10), Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver (Sept. Sept. & 14), Rhonda Vincent & the Rage (Sept. 27 & 28) & many more. "It's no secret that I'm a huge fan of bluegrass music,...

2008-09-02 15:00:13

By Keith Lawrence Jerry Douglas, "Glide," Koch Records, 11 tracks After 35 years in bluegrass, Jerry Douglas is a legend at 52. He ranks among the best Dobro players in the history of the genre. But Douglas doesn't like to be confined within the boundaries of any genre. And his 12 solo albums are filled with a wide range of material that spans several genres. "Glide," Douglas latest, includes elements of bluegrass, country, rock, folk, Celtic, Scottish and New Orleans funeral music. Most...

2008-08-22 06:00:26

By Jim Gilchrist SPECIAL ED & THE SHORTBUS **** THE SPIEGEL GARDEN (VENUE 87) BLUEGRASS, old-time, skiffle, jug band ... stir them up vigorously, throwing in elements of zany vaudeville , add some unpredictable tics, then stand back and watch Special Ed & the Shortbus go. And they do, frequently at a high rate of knots, as bluegrass fiddle champion Aaron Lewis, violin tucked beneath his beard, sets the pace with a hell-for-leather breakdown or whining song accompaniment;...

2008-08-06 00:00:24

By Bill Lynch The West Virginia Music Hall of Fame will announce its second group of inductees at 10:30 a.m. today in Great Hall of the West Virginia Cultural Center. The Hall of Fame, created to honor the significant and lasting contributions of West Virginians to music, attempts to represent all of the musical genres played by West Virginians. A formal induction ceremony will be held Nov. 6. The living honorees expected to be named for induction include: * Wilma Lee Cooper and...

2008-07-25 15:00:48

By EMILY BURNHAM; OF THE NEWS STAFF In the 1933 novel "Lost Horizon," Shangri-La is reachable only by a treacherous trek through the Himalayas. Once you're there, though, you're in an earthly paradise - a perfect utopia in which everyone lives permanently happy, peaceful, long lives. To get to the Shangri-La in Maine, you have to drive down Route 1 and avoid crazed tourists. And then you have to pitch a tent, and make sure you save some cash for a falafel. But it's another kind of...

2008-07-25 12:00:54

By Keith Lawrence, Messenger-Inquirer, Owensboro, Ky. Jul. 25--Carrie Hassler & Hard Rain. "CHHR 2." Rural Rhythm. 13 tracks. Carrie Hassler's career has been on a fast track since 2006 when Rural Rhythm Records released "Seven Miles to Wichita," the first single from her debut album, "Carrie Hassler & Hard Rain." And she hasn't slowed down since. The debut album climbed to No. 5 on Bluegrass Unlimited's Top 15 album chart and spent 11 months on the chart. And there's every...

2008-07-24 06:00:29

By Teri Maddox, Belleville News-Democrat, Ill. Jul. 24--Let's get one thing out of the way first: The bluegrass band Dudley's Rush is named after a native Illinois prairie grass. "We always get people asking, 'Who's Dudley?'" said band leader Holly Wood. "And we say, 'There's no Dudley, but all the guys think they're studly.'" "Which we are," quips Dale Andersen, singer, guitarist and dobro player. Ba-dum dum. The name wasn't meant to be funny, but it's proven good for a few laughs....

2008-07-22 15:00:45

CORNISH - The Ossipee Valley Bluegrass Festival scheduled for Thursday, July 24, to Sunday, July 27, is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. Taking the stage will be some of the finest bluegrass and acoustic musicians and bands performing in New England. Thursday, from 6 to 9 p.m., there will be an open stage. Festivities will kick off at 1 p.m., Friday, July 25, at the Ossipee Valley Fairgrounds just off Route 25. Performing will be the Katahdin Valley Boys, The Bagboys, Dan...

2008-07-18 15:00:36

By Dan Mayfield Journal Staff Writer Though Jessica Lea Mayfield is just 18, she's been a professional musician for 10 years. "It's a little advanced for my age," she said. When she was 8, she started touring and performing with her family's bluegrass band. "It was just something that we did. I started playing guitar and writing my own songs since I was 11. I've been doing it my whole life," Mayfield said. Her own music isn't bluegrass, but a polished Americana sound. "It's...

2008-07-18 09:00:41

By Keith Lawrence, Messenger-Inquirer, Owensboro, Ky. Jul. 18--Blind Corn Liquor Pickers. "Appalachian Trail." Blind Corn Music. 13 tracks. If Bill Monroe, the daddy of bluegrass, had had an affair with a wild mountain woman, the Blind Corn Liquor Pickers would be the illegitimate offspring. That's a compliment, by the way. As its press kit says, the Lexington-based band fuses bluegrass with folk, swing, progressive rock, funk, jazz and styles that haven't even been named yet....


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  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
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This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.
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