Writer biographies

4-up on 8-15-14 at 11.44 AM #5

My name is Aaron Keith Harris, editor of LRR.

Our mission here is to give good writers a chance to write about music in an honest, entertaining and enlightening way.

We’re gaining more readers every day and I think have done a good job fulfilling our mission

If you’d like to write for us or, more importantly at this point, help with the technical aspects of maintaining and promoting a Web site, e-mail me at lonesomeroadreview@gmail.com

Same e-mail if you’d like us to review your CD or live show.

LRR contributing writers:


Larry Stephens was born and raised a few miles down the road from Bean Blossom, Indiana, home of Bill Monroe’s legendary bluegrass festival.
A descendant of several of the first settlers of this part of the state, I grew up in the country, attended a small school (graduating class of twenty-three people) and graduated from Indiana University. Through the years I’ve had several careers: policeman, truck driver, insurance adjuster. In 1985 I started my third tour of duty as an Indiana University employee – and I’m still there as Director of Risk Management.
Music has always been an important part of my life. I still bear the emotional scars of being an inept tuba player in my high school band (thirteen strong). I started learning guitar on an archtop f-hole guitar my dad had. Once he figured out I would never be a lead guitarist, Dad bought me a bass and what followed is now almost legendary (stressing the “almost”). At seventeen, I was playing and singing in the Starlighters with my dad and some of his friends, playing local clubs and VFW lodges. We played a mix of country and country-rock (like Credence Clearwater Revival).
As the years flew by I continued to write songs, played country and Southern Gospel and, several years ago, started playing bluegrass and added an upright bass or two to my instrumental collection. I’ve played – and play – in several local bluegrass bands and in my church praise team.
I like many kinds of music. A touch of classical, a little blues and jazz, whatever you want to call what Celtic Woman does, but most of my listening time is pre-Beatles rock ‘n’ roll, Southern Gospel, real country (Faron Young, Lefty Frizzell) and bluegrass. I like Grisman and Baldassari but I’m a traditionalist at heart.
My wife and I have five great kids and three fabulous grandkids. I’m a deacon in my church. I love hunting and fishing, hiking, horses, camping, ATVs and genealogy. I can be reached at Larry@WyandotteEnterprises.com .





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


Rick Saenz




5 thoughts on “Writer biographies

  1. I just finished reading the review of Carolina Roads lasted release by Maria Morgan Davis. I really appreciate the very complimentary comments about the two songs, Can’t You Hear The Mountains Calling and Which Way To Go. I would like to send you a CD with more of my orginal material, not for review but just for you to hear. Of course, any comments would certainly be appreciated. Thanks again.
    If you would send me a mailing address, I will a CD out to you……………………………….Jerry Williamson

  2. hey all…
    thanks for posting the review of my band’s latest, “Last Good Kiss” by Last Train Home. really appreciate the attention and (of course) the high praise. Nice to be found worthy!
    thanks maria….
    (send me a note and i’ll mail you some more of my stuff… and from my label, Red Beet Records… new CDs by Peter Cooper and Fayssoux that i’ve released are spectacular!)

  3. Wow this may be strange but I just stumbled on your great site I was stalking Donald Teplyske. He just wrote the liner notes of out new CD, “One Foot In The Honky Tonk” very nice notes. I won’t give out any more info on the album. It should be out in April.

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