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2008-07-11 06:00:30

By Jim Gilchrist CHRIS Thile, the Paganini - or should that be the Hendrix? - of the bluegrass mandolin, can play like a man possessed, while leaving would-be pigeonholers reeling in his slipstream. Even in mere conversation, he exudes music, all sorts of music, just as he appears to have absorbed everything from Bill Munroe to Bach in a process of fevered osmosis since his San Francisco childhood. "Growing up in southern California, I didn't necessarily get the purest form of bluegrass,...

Word of the Day
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'