Pete Supporting Local Agrivoltaics

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Two miles from my house is the site of a breakthrough development in energy and agriculture — the largest commercial research site for agrivoltaics in the U.S.! And I get to help promote it — by playing my banjo. Jack’s Solar Farm has 3276 panels on 4 acres, supplying electricity for 300 homes. … Read More

Politickin’ Pickin’ in Southern Colorado

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You may be interested to hear about an adventure I dreamed up to help out a political campaign I care about. The Adam Frisch campaign (running to unseat Congressperson Lauren Boebert in a… Read More

Appearances for Adam Frisch

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I will be performing with my friend Don Richmond at some upcoming campaign events for Adam Frisch, candidate for Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District. His opponent in this race is incumbent Lauren Boebert, and… Read More

In Praise of Billy Strings

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Bob Lefsetz recently wrote enthusiastically about Billy Strings and I wrote in to say more about Billy the artist and performer. Billy is “one of ours” and his amazing success rightfully makes us proud. Here’s my message as published in the Lefsetz letter: I’m a regular reader, and I’ve never written to you. But because Billy Strings is a bluegrass artist, and I’m a lifelong bluegrass pro who served 15 years as president of the International Bluegrass Music Association, I thought I’d contribute some perspective about what makes Billy special.… Read More

Pete’s Memories of Earl

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Author David Russell recently approached Pete concerning a book he’s writing on the influence of Earl Scruggs. Thirty years after writing the Masters of the Five String Banjo large chapter about Scruggs, Pete’s answers to Russell’s questions lets the reader in on some memorable aspects of his interactions with the man who changed his life.… Read More

Tim O’Brien’s Presentation Speech

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Pete won IBMA’s Distinguished Achievement Award in 2010. Friend and bandmate Tim O’Brien presented the award, and what follows is his presentation speech.… Read More

Death of Pete Seeger

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(May Day, 2032) America’s venerable folk singer, Pete Seeger, passed away yesterday at the age of 123. Seeger had never expected to die, but caught cold Jan. 16 at an all-night vigil in Siberia for disrespected former comrades. He was … Read More

Spreading Bluegrass!

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Pete receives a touching letter from a Grade School Music Teacher.… Read More

Ralph Stanley Turns 80

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Somehow Ralph Stanley makes me imagine what might result from the union of a wise mountain spirit and an mischievous elf. His voice unabashedly penetrates the centuries, hollering, grieving, crying holy, telling stories, sad and strange.… Read More

Pete Wernick: A Sociologist of Note(s)!

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This article appeared in the Fall 2006 issue of Michigan Sociological Review. by Joe Verschaeve You may have seen this guy in one of the many performance halls that he has played across the globe. Maybe you caught the episode … Read More

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