My name is Aaron Keith Harris, editor of LRR.
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LRR contributing writers:
Donald Teplyske was born in a small cabin in the hills of West Virginia….
Not really, but….
I spent my earliest years on a fairly ramshackle farm poised on the flats of the North Saskatchewan River south of Duffield, Alberta, the son of – I’m told- a not very competent cattle rustler. As one of more than a dozen kids spread across at least three families living on the property, an appreciation for the freedom of the fields and woods was established.
While a mightily needed matrimonial realignment on the part of my parents necessitated a move to the less quaint environs of the big city (and a name change), my love for rural life- as long as my hands didn’t get too dirty- and country-influenced music (Glen Campbell, Tom T. Hall, and Murray McLauchlan) was sent.
After high school (The Who, the Undertones, and Bruce Springsteen) and university (The Blasters, Lone Justice, and Marty Stuart), and a couple stops in increasingly smaller towns, my wife and I found ourselves settled in Central Alberta, and my love for bluegrass and roots music really started to flourish.
A regular Bluegrass Now contributor, I also write on roots music for the Red Deer Advocate newspaper and other publications. I’m a founder of the Waskasoo Bluegrass Music Society, and continue to book the concerts for that organization.
I listen to a wide variety of music, and the current contents of the mighty Taurus’s 6-CD pack reveals my tastes: The Jam- Sound Affects; Bound to Ride: The Best of Larry Sparks; Putumayo’s African Party; James Reams & the Barnstormers- Troubled Times; The Kinks- Arthur, and Dick Gaughan- Live at the Trades Club. That Rachel Sweet is not represented in this selection is only a cruel twist of chance. Who knew I’d be asked to write a biography this week?
When not procrastinating from really important tasks, I’m an elementary school vice-principal residing in Red Deer with my spouse and two distinctly personable cats, Misty and Mocha. We enjoy traveling the back roads of our province and RVing in the shadows of the Rockies. I’m currently completing a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership at the University of Lethbridge.
John H. Duncan
I was born into a musical family just outside of Asheville, NC. Western North Carolina is an area with music soaked into its bones. It has a rich musical heritage and the musicians there are some of the best you may have never heard of. I spent a lot of my youth going to fiddler’s conventions and bluegrass festivals. I didn’t always want to be there. I got my musical start playing electric bass in a Misfits cover band. My mother who is a guitar player and my father who plays the banjo eventually coaxed me over into their band playing the fiddle in church.
I currently live in Charlotte, North Carolina with my fiancée and two standard poodles. I love Mexican food and riding motorcycles. I am a member of the band Buncombe Turnpike where I have contributed as fiddle player, mandolin player, singer, songwriter and arranger. I have listened to every Flatt and Scruggs recording. Twice.
Chris Shouse, eastern Kentucky accents, and music go together like biscuits, gravy, and fried taters. In the beginning, Chris explored a voluminous amount of genres, eventually he settled on bluegrass as his strum of choice. After singing and playing in every church and campfire in the hollers, Chris took his passion on the road cofounding the 23 string band.
Since the band’s indefinite hiatus, I have devoted my time to career (teaching school), family, songsmithing, working on a 1983 VW Westy, and meticulously organizing my guitar collection from tallest to shortest.
I can be reached at cshouse [at] me.com