14 February 2012

Grammy awards, flying with instruments, etc.

For a long time now Bluegrass Today has been issuing daily e-mail notifications of the newly published posts on the site. A further development is 'The Daily Buzz in Bluegrass Today', which comes in the form of an e-newsletter that can be opened in your browser - thus.

Among new items today are Grammy results: those that interest bluegrassers are the award to Alison Krauss & Union Station for Best Bluegrass Album (Paper airplane, which also received the award for Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical), and that to Béla Fleck and Howard Levy for Best Instrumental Composition award for Life in eleven. More startling, perhaps, is the discovery that a Grammy winner from the neighbouring island turns out to be a fan of the Steeldrivers: find out more here.

Maybe even more important in the long run - and certainly likely to be a relief to musicians - is the news of a forthcoming US law, enabling instruments to be carried in the cabin of an airliner without extra charge if they fit in an overhead locker or under the seat. Full details here. There's something that would be welcome as an EU regulation; we can't see a certain airline wearing it, though...

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