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Donald Teplyske I have been a roots and bluegrass music writer for twenty years, having also hosted bluegrass radio and presented concerts. I currently write for Country Standard Time and Exclaim! while maintaining a blog at I'm proud to be a member of the Polaris Music Prize Jury. Please contact me at

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Alison Krauss, Robert Plant to headline Edmonton Folk Music Festival, 2024

Donald Teplyske  |  February 13, 2024

In an unexpected, early announcement, the Edmonton Folk Music Festival has announced that Alison Krauss and Robert Plant will headline and close the 45th edition of the massive Canadian fester August 11. Typically, the fest announces its lineup later in the spring, but apparently this news was too significant not to share early- most likely, as the duo's "Can't Let Go" tour ...

The 2024 Bluegrass Grammy Will Go To...

Donald Teplyske  |  December 16, 2023

by Donald Teplyske Annually the bluegrass community joins together to celebrate the International Bluegrass Music Association Awards, industry recognition of the best the music offers. The Grammy Awards also has a bluegrass category, but this recognition doesn't appear to receive as much attention as the IBMA Awards. Perhaps this is because it is 'outside' our rather tight ...

Fervor Coulee's Favorite Bluegrass Albums of 2023

Donald Teplyske  |  December 9, 2023

Each December I take some time to consider my favorite roots albums of the year, and I am pleased to continue the tradition. Usual disclaimers—I can only consider albums I either received for review, purchased, or acquired via industry-provided download; these are MY favorite albums of the year, not the 'best' (well, I think they are the best, but...); and while I worked on the ...

Bluegrass & Grassicana Coming to Alberta's Blueberry & Edmonton Folk Fests

Donald Teplyske  |  July 31, 2023

Western Canada has had an active bluegrass scene for many years. The first Blueberry Bluegrass went in 1985, and since then the activity—both localized jamming and performance as well as larger summer fests—has only grown in intensity. The 36th iteration of the Blueberry Music Festival will be held this coming weekend in Stony Plain, Alberta. The following week the Edmonton Folk ...

The Bluegrass, Old-Time, & Grassicana Side of Edmonton Folk Music Festival, 2023

Donald Teplyske  |  May 26, 2023

The Edmonton Folk Music Festival lineup always delivers, and while their definition of folk music is a bit more liberal than mine, I've never come away from this meticulously organized festival disappointed. Yes, sometimes the crowd 'gets' to me, but almost always the diverse music presented more than makes up for my failures as a social creature. This summer, among headliners ...

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