______Roger Stowers_________




Work Information Roger Stowers-Writer and Kay Bass researcher
Sale Items Rifles/Shotguns, Shooting related, Misc.!!
Contact Information Questions/offers on sale items or just plain visiting!!
Biographical Information F. J. Rabbeth, Father of .25, .28 calibers and rest shooting.
Published Articles: Precision Shooting, Handloader, Rifle, Bluegrass Unlimited, Rocky Gibbs and The Front Ignition Loading Technique, Bluegrass Now Reviews, Independent Reviews,
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I am currently building a collection of shooting trivia. After locating the trivia I try to organize it for historical reference. My trivia comes from a collection of "Rifle", "Shooting and Fishing," and "American Rifleman" magazines. Two months of weekly magazines are gleaned for trivia and then organized into one 5000~ word article. I am currently reviewing magazines published in 1893, having started with the year 1885 in 1992. All notes taken are kept in a database. The database allows word searching and as notes are taken an index is being built.

In previous years I have written numerous articles for "Handloader" and "Rifle" magazines. These magazines are published by Wolfe Publishing located in Prescott, Arizona. My first book was published by Wolfe Publishing, "Gibbs Cartridges and the Front Ignition Loading Technique." The book includes a short biography of Rocky Gibbs, the man who maximized the 30-06 case. As far as I know, the book is no longer available.

Bluegrass music is a favorite topic. "Bluegrass Unlimited" magazine has been publishing my articles of feature length. "Bluegrass Now" magazine has been publishing my reviews of CD's, books, and videos.

            My second book, "The Kay Upright Bass," was self published on a CD. There were 100 copies sold or given away and copies are no longer available.

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Rifles/Shotguns Wanted: Left Hand, Short Action Rifles

Below is an ever changing list of items for sale:

Siamese Mauser.  This rifle is mint, unfired condition. All complete. A great addition to any collection. Call George       at 1-608-583-4342

Shooting Related:

  Redfield Junior Scope bases-most are for Savage 110 Left Hand. One piece base helps keep the action stiff. No longer made rogngay@charter.net

  Newsletters-Left Handers Heaven, Wildcatter, Info-Arms rogngay@charter.net

 Mossberg Socket Wrench Set Comes in a wooden box  rogngay@charter.net

Herters World Famous/Model Perfect Stock refinishing kits (2), .303 British Sizing Die (1), Primer Pocket Swager (2), Shotshell former with extra element (1), .338 Cases (2 boxes), .264 Cases (1box), Military Primer Sealant (1), Turkey Call-Plantation Model (1) rogngay@charter.net

Two boxes of SuperVel, Old Boxed Hornady, Western, ABC, MGS in original boxes. Remington Bullets in red and green boxes. 150 and 180 gr. Bronze Point, Silver Tip, and soft point bullets. rogngay@charter.net

Gunstocks.  Savage 110 L.H.S.A.  Savage 110C L.H.L.A. 5 Savage 110C L.H. SA & L.A. stocks. All have butt pads. 2 of the Short Action Stocks are Herters presentation unfinished wood  rogngay@charter.net

Brochures & Advertising Have catalogs, brochures, flyers, and announcements from lots of manufacturers all firearm related. Send E-mail for wants so I can go through 4 file cabinet drawers. rogngay@charter.net

Magazine Plug for Remington Model 11. 12 gauge. Assembly instructions are on paper which is glued to the plug. Factory original. rogngay@charter.net

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If you see any items for sale that interest you please let me know. All questions about reloading, sporting rifles, scopes, ammunition, and bluegrass music are welcome. I check my mail at least twice a day. The best times to reach me by phone are 8am, noon, and 5pm.(Central time) I don't miss many meals!!


Roger Stowers

Tel: 608-254-6805

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Famous Shooter: Francis J. Rabbeth

The above picture and the following information were taken from a "Rifle" magazine dated February, 1887. The magazine is part of a collection containing all the "Rifle" and "Shooting and Fishing" magazines from 1885 to 1906 which was published by Broadfoot Publishing Co. Rabbeth's off-hand position is the full, unmodified hip-rest position shot from the left shoulder. He shot both targets and game from this position unless the game was moving.

Rabbeth was born in Connecticut in 1839. His active interest in the out-of-doors gave him a youthful appearance in 1887. He stood 5'10" possessing brown eyes and hair.

After being employed by Remington armory for eight years he gained an excellent knowledge of firearms and mechanics. His skill as a mechanic resulted in the Rabbeth Spindle. The spindle was one of the greatest inventions connected with the textile industry. Rabbeth was well rewarded for his ingenuity and could afford to devote as much time as he wished to the sport of shooting.

After a few years of careful and intelligent experimenting with guns and ammunition most considered him an expert. American riflemen would come to consider themselves indebted to Rabbeth for much enlightenment upon the theory and practice of rifle-shooting. Francis Rabbeth was an expert shot at both short and long range in all positions. He was the winner of many matches and contributed articles to sportsmen's journals, which interested and profited many. Rabbeth frequently wrote under the pen name "J. Francis."

Rabbeth won the Creedmoor short-range, off-hand match, which was open to the world in 1875. After this particular victory his shooting improved rapidly and he became a member of the Massachusetts Rifle Association. Rabbeth spent hours, days and months experimenting with powder, bullets and various devices but made very few notes.

Much of Rabbeth's shooting was done from rest, claiming that more could be learned of rifles and their possibilities than by off-hand shooting. Rabbeth was one of the first to advocate rest-matches at Walnut Hill. Rabbeth never attempted to excel with the muzzle-loading rifle. He did not think the muzzle-loading rifle was suitable arm for hunting or warfare. He preferred Remington rifles, then shot Winchester barrels on Ballard actions, however, whenever he secured the finest results possible with a rifle he lost interest in the rifle and proceeded to another. Many times his associates could not identify the rifle he was shooting because of its make-up. He would have a breech, barrel, and sights from various manufacturers assembled in various configurations.

Calibers of .28 and .25 were developed by Rabbeth as he was attempting to prove his theory that the .22 caliber was not large enough for some small game, and all calibers above the .22, on the market, were too large. While working with these calibers it was necessary for him to produce all the shells, moulds and other appliances needed. After an alligator hunt in Florida, Rabbeth determined the .25 caliber as the ideal size to fit between the .22 and .32 calibers.

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Precision Shooting

Broadfoot Publishing began publishing reprints of "Rifle" and "Shooting and Fishing". The magazines cover the years 1885-1906. I have decided to read these magazines and take notes on the shooting trivia. The trivia is then organized by subject and put into a format Precision Shooting magazine has been good enough to publish. As the notes are taken and recorded in the computer a very searchable database is being built which can be word searched. If ever completed, this database should be a very worthwhile reference for anyone interested in the shooting sports and sporting firearms. As we all know, there is a lot of military history on firearms, but very little on the development of the sporting arm, in particular, the type of firearm used for bench rest shooting. Particular attention is given to the people and equipment involved in the development of accurate rifles. The articles are entitled "Echoes." Echoes was the name of a publication from London in the 1890's that reprinted information from "Shooting and Fishing," then sold the publication throughout the European continent.

Issues: Vol. 38 No.11 "Echoes-Vol I of the Rifle" (May, 1885-thru April, 1886)

Vol 38 No.12 "Echoes-Vol II of the Rifle" (May, 1885-April, 1887)

Vol. 39 No.5 "Echoes-Vol. III of the Rifle" (May, 1887-April, 1888)

Vol. 39 No.9 "Echoes-Vol. IV of Shooting and Fishing" (May, 1888-October, 1888)

Vol. 39 No 11 "Echoes-Vol. V of Shooting and Fishing" Pt.1 (Nov.,1888-Jan., 1889)

Vol. 40 No 1 "Echoes-Vol. V of Shooting and Fishing" Pt. 2 (Jan., 1889-April, 1889)

Vol. 40 No 2 "Echoes-Vol. VI of Shooting and Fishing" Pt 1 (May, 1889-June, 1889)

Vol. 40 No 8 "Echoes-Vol. VI of Shooting and Fishing" Pt 2 (June 1889-Aug., 1889)

Vol. 40 No 11 "Echoes of Vol. VI of S&F" Pt 3 (Aug., 1889-Oct., 1889)

Vol. 41 No 1 "Echoes of Vol. VI I of S&F" Pt 1 (Oct., 1889-Dec., 1889)

Vol. 41 No 5 "Echoes of Vol. VII of S&F" Pt 2 (Dec., 1889-Feb., 1890)

Vol. 42 No 4 "Echoes of Vol. VII of S&F" Pt 3 ( Feb., 1890-April, 1890)

Vol. 42 No 10 "Echoes of Vol. VIII of S&F" Pt 1 (May, 1890-June, 1890)

Vol. 42 No 11 "Echoes of Vol. VIII of S&F" Pt 2 (June, 1890-Aug., 1890)

Vol. 44 No 12 "Echoes of Vol. VIII of S&F" Pt 3 (Aug., 1890-Oct., 1890)

Vol. 45 No 5 "Echoes of Vol. IX of S&F" Pt 1 (Oct., 1890-Dec., 1890)

Vol. 45 No 8 "Echoes of Vol. IX of S&F" Pt 2 (Dec., 1890-Feb., 1891)

Vol. 45 No 11 "Echoes of Vol. IX of S&F" Pt3 (Feb., 1891-April, 1891)

Vol. 46 No 1 "Echoes of Vol. X of S&F" Pt 1 (April 30, 1891-June 18, 1891)

Vol. 46 No 8 "Echoes of Vol. X of S&F" Pt2 (June 25, 1891-August 20, 1891)

Vol. 47 No 5 "Echoes of Vol. X of S&F" Pt3 (August 27, 1891-October 22, 1891)

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Dates and Synopsis of Published Work:

Book: "Gibbs Cartridges and the Front Ignition Loading Technique," published by Wolfe Publishing in 1991. This book contains loading data for all eight Gibbs cartridges from the 240 Gibbs to the 338 Gibbs. Articles about the Gibbs Metrics (6.5 Gibbs, 7mm Gibbs, and 8mm Gibbs) are included in the book, along with instructions and use for the Hydraulic Case Forming Tool, and the Front Ignition Loading Technique. This book contains all the data and information I collected having to do with Rocky Gibbs. All the loading data I developed included the use of my Oehler 33 chronograph. Gibbs originally recommended using refrigeration oil in the hydraulic case former, however, my work with the case former revealed ONE HELL OF A MESS regardless of the type oil used, but it does work.

Books: "Wildcat Cartridges" Volume I and II published by Wolfe Publishing contain my articles written about Gibbs cartridges. Some of these are reprints of magazine articles. These two volumes are two of the best references available for the wildcatter.

Book: "The Kay Upright Bass" was published in limited edition on a CD.  There were 100 copies of all the info I collected and the books were sold and given to friends who had helped with the research involving the Kay Upright bass or the Kay Musical Instrument Company.


Issue #120 "Protect and Insure Your Guns" Things you can do not only to make your premises safer from burglary, but the article also emphasis the need to photograph and insure your firearms.

Issue #130 "Switch Barrel System" Savage 110 actions are perfect for building a switch barrel rifle, for the simple reason the bolt face changes very easily. A new barrel made with the proper headspace dimensions can be screwed onto the action and the bolt face changed within minutes. My design includes welding the recoil lug to the action, probably not necessary, but it does improve accuracy. This is a how-to article showing the switch barrel system is available to everyone. You don't have to spend a fortune to shoot everything from .17 to .458's.

Issue #140 ".458 American Mag-Na-Port" On the switch barrel Savage 110 barreled action a .458 American cartridge was tested both before and after the Mag-Na-Porting process. I designed and built a machine for measuring the recoil effect of any cartridge. The porting process certainly helps with muzzle bounce. Even though the Mag-Na-Port is not intended to be a muzzle brake it reduced recoil and is a fine addition to any barrel.

Issue #143 "Front Ignition Loading Technique" OKH, O'Neil, Keith and Hopkins came up with system of loading a cartridge case and found recoil reduction, velocity increase, and muzzle flash decrease. The US Government found out and put them to work experimenting with the .50 caliber case during the WWII. The entire process was kept a secret as the government was afraid the Germans would find out about it. In 1946, after the war, the truth came out. Both Elmer Keith and Rocky Gibbs described the methods and the article shows the work I did duplicating their results. Rocky Gibbs wrote a pamphlet entitled "The Front Ignition Loading Technique". I only know of two copies. The complete pamphlet was republished in the book "Gibbs Cartridges and the Front Ignition Loading Technique."

Issue #153 "KDF Muzzle Brakes Evaluated" I used the same machine that I designed and built for testing the Mag-Na-Port except I added parts which would help me track the swing of the pendulum better. I hooked the machine up to a transformer and attached a positive lead to the pendulum and the ground to a metal plate. Between the ground and the metal plate I placed a strip of adding machine paper onto which brown dots appeared, if power was on, as the pendulum would swing. The brown dots of course were small burn holes in the paper as the positive spark went through the paper looking for the ground. It worked super, except I kept setting the paper on fire until I found a way to keep that from happening. Incidentally the KDF brake does work very well, but wear ear protection. The brakes only work by directing gases to the rear, which of course greatly increases the noise to the shooter and all others near the shooter.

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Issue #122 "Are Handloads Waterproof?" A crimp does help in sealing moisture from the reloaded cartridge case.

Issue #128 "S.E.E. Again, Again, & Again" Large bodies cases, small necks, sharp shoulders and large kernel powder can produce the secondary explosion effect. The condition can be duplicated.

Issue #137 "Rocky Gibbs" Three years of search led to the finding the wife and family of Manollis Aameon Gibbs, Rocky Gibbs, the man who maximized the capacity of the 30-06 case in the early 1950's. He also invented a hydraulic case former, designed his own muzzle brake, and thoroughly experimented with the front ignition loading technique as invented by Elmer Keith, Hopkins, O'Neil (OKH). This article is a short biography of his life.

Issue #138 "Large Rifle Primer Pressures" I made a small mechanism to fit onto a Savage 110 action. A primer was placed into the mechanism and a gauge measured the amount of pressure exhibited by the primer upon contact with the firing pin. Primers do force the red-hot glass particles into the powder with different forces.

Issue #140 "Know Your Chamber Length" So many handloaders are able to load their cartridge cases without ever trimming the case. Come to find out many chamber reamers are cut with neck lengths too long which helps handloaders avoid mistakes by carelessness. My initial discovery was made when I sectioned a Savage barrel longitudinally. This discovery led to Sinclair International marketing a chamber length tool that can be used to find the true length of your chamber. I think eliminating the space between the end of the cartridge case and the beginning of the barrel throat will improve the accuracy of a rifle.

Issue #142 "The .25 Gibbs" All the loading data included with case sizing instructions for loading the .25 Gibbs as invented by Rocky Gibbs. The 30-06 case, necked down to .25 caliber and then blown out with a 35 degree shoulder.

Issue #143 "Cartridge Info-.30 Gibbs" This is by far the most popular cartridge developed by Rocky Gibbs. The 30-06 case simply blown out with a 35 degree shoulder. Neck shortens to about 1/4".

Issue #145 "The 270 Gibbs-Rocky's Favorite" Gibbs recommended this cartridge to everyone from target shooters to hunters. He won shooting tournaments and hunted extensively with this 30-06 case, necked down to .277, and then blown out with a 35 degree shoulder. Cases all formed by fireforming with cream of wheat cereal.

Issue #146 "240 Gibbs" This cartridge is a real whistler, but this is also the cartridge being tested when the article on S.E.E.(Issue #128) was written. Sharp shoulder, large case body and small neck can lead to problems. The 30-06 case is necked down to .254 (6mm) and blown out with a 35 degree shoulder.

Issue #147 "Weatherby Shoulder Genesis" While talking to Roy Weatherby of Weatherby Firearms we talked about Ralph Waldo Miller and E. Baden Powell two experimenters and wildcatters from the 1940's. Miller developed the Miller-Venturi Freebore cartridge and Powell was involved in the familiar names such as Vard, Inc., Hollywood Tool and Die, PMVF, and CCC. (PMVF) Powell Miller Venturi Freebore and (CCC) Controlled Cartridge Combustion. Weatherby took the PMVF cartridge case, added a second radius and formed the case with the double radius shoulder. With smoother corners at the shoulder and neck junctions of the case gases supposedly flowed from the case without creating as much back pressure.

Issue #173 "Product Review of Size-All" I found this product while I was looking for the proper oil to use on upright bass Gut strings. I found a company in Winchester, Virginia, Chem-Pak produces both Finger-Ease and a product for case resizing called "Size-All." It works very well but comes out of the can in quantities in excess of what is needed.

Issue #185 "Headspace" Question: Does headspace have anything to do with variation in Standard Deviation? Using the switch barrel rifle action and a .220 Swift barrel I headspaced each cartridge with no headspace and fired rounds measuring the Standard Deviation, Extreme Spread and Velocity. Each cartridge was pre-measured for size. (Datum line to case head and grouped) The factory ammunition came from Hornady. After testing cartridges with "0" headspace, cartridges were fired with .002" headspace, and then cartridges were fired with .004" headspace, and so on. Results show headspace has no effect, good or bad, on Standard Deviation and Hornady ammunition is good.

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Bluegrass Unlimited

Vol. 29 No 10 April 1995. "Gut Strings: Fact and Fiction" The price of gut strings for the upright bass went to over $300 with no explanation from distributors other than; the animal rights people did not condone the killing of cats!!. I knew this was ridiculously wrong and found the gut comes from meat packing plants in the United States, but the gut string producers do not make many strings for basses because it is more profitable for them to make strings for tennis rackets. Price is a simple matter of supply and demand.

Vol. 33 No 3 Sept. 1998. "Henry Kuhrmeyer & the Kay Upright Bass" Henry Kuhrmeyer was originally from Minnesota. While attending the University his fraternity brothers gave him the nickname "Kay." After serving in WWI, he landed in Chicago only to get involved with the music industry. Eventually he bought the company he was working for, with his father's help, renamed the company the Kay Musical Instrument Company, and proceeded to lead the industry building a variety of musical instruments. His luthiers built all the tooling needed to produce basses and cellos and Kay lead the industry from 1937-1969. Engelhardt-Link bought the tooling and still produces basses and cellos with the same equipment used by the Kay Musical Instrument Company.

Vol. 33 No 9 "James Malicote Leads the Bluegrass Thoroughbreds...Marcie Leads the Way" James and Marcie Malicote have been playing music most of their lives and have been traveling to bluegrass festivals for 25 years. James and Marcie write about one-half of the material they record. Their latest release The Bluegrass is Covered With Snow which was produced by Mid-Knight records is their 11th release. Great people who desired a little recognition to help their careers. James is also a real fine flat-picker with his own distinctive style.

Vol. 34 No 2 "Hylo" Brown Frank Brown Jr. had the second unit touring for the Martha White Flour Company. The first unit was Flatt and Scruggs. Of course, videotaping and syndication put the second unit out of business. Hylo has been singing bluegrass for years but prefers to call it Old Country, because he things the name better fits the music. Hylo got his nickname because of his vocal capability. High and Low sounds. Without question he was one of the first to give the "high lonesome" sound to bluegrass.

Vol. 34 No 9 Kay Upright Bass Serial Number List The is apparently the first and only serial number list every put together for Kay Upright basses. The original factory list has never surfaced and after nearly six years of research this list proves time and time again to be accurate to within 6 months. This list will help in documenting all the models every developed by Kay.

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"God, or conscience, is the good within you. Listen to Him. Do what He says."


Can you say in parting, with the day that's slipping fast;

That you helped a single person, of the many you have passed?

Is a single life rejoicing, over what you did or said?

Do some whose hopes were fading, now with courage look ahead?

Did you waste the day or lose it, was it well or poorly spent?

Did you leave a trend of kindness, or a scar of discontent?

As you close your eyes in slumber, do you think God would say,

You have made the world much better, for the life you have lived today!

By: L. Wyatt Wadzink

 Last Revised May 2, 2010

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Independent Reviews:

When the Bluegrass is Covered With Snow, done by James Malicote and the Bluegrass Thoroughbreds. If you happen to be a Malicote fan this CD displays some fine singing and equally fine flatpicking as only done by James Malicote. His voice has the unforgettable sound you will always recognize. Real good traditional bluegrass music. This review was sent to seventy bluegrass publications around the world.

Come Let Us Sing, completed in total by Keith Yoder. Keith wrote all seventeen songs, he played all the instruments and did all the singing including an a cappela number with four part harmony. This CD is bluegrass/contemporary/acoustic with both original instrumentals and word songs. The songs are done with the gospel in mind. A talented guy does some fine work. Contact Keith Yoder, 310 3rd Ave. SW, Farley, IA. 52046.

Shade Tree Recollections, is a 14 song CD featuring Sherri Farley and Her Hammered Dulcimer. Sherri plays mostly bluegrass songs and the CD is mixed and mastered almost perfectly. Skip Sittig does an excellent job on the guitar and Ed Cornell plays bass. This CD is a fine surprise. It contains very good music with good songs and a new unusual sound. Contact Sherri Farley, Dulcimer Music, PO Box 724, Somonauk,IL 60552.

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November 2000, Bill Monroe, 16 Gems. Butch Baldassari and Rob Haines assembled a collection of 16 mandolin tunes made famous by Bill Monroe. They then put they put the tunes in regular notation and tablature. There are hints on how to capture Monroe's presentations. Jeff Story even provided some lyrics. Excellent reference for mandolin player who like to play in Monroe style.

October 2000, James Alan Shelton, Road To Coeburn. This is a book containing twelve songs transcribed from guitar picker Shelton's CD Road To Coeburn by Dan Libertino. Libertino does a fine job providing both musical notation and tablature. It you like straight ahead bluegrass flatpicking, Shelton should be your model. He does some fine picking and as you know he is Ralph Stanley's lead guitar player.

October 2000, 5 for the Gospel, Victory Is Sweet. This is typical 5 for the gospel stuff. Here is a great bluegrass gospel group who could satisfy the southern gospel listeners. Whether they writing or singing this group produces top of the line stuff.

October 2000, Rice, Rice,Hillman & Pedersen. More than a bluegrass album, this CD is an acoustic project colored by the musicians influences from honky-tonk to rock. The music is Tony Rice, Chris Hillman, Herb Pedersen, and Larry Rice through and through. It is more acoustic than anything, but it does bridge into bluegrass. A lot of fine music.

September 2000, The Monroe Brothers, What Would You Give In Exchange. This CD contains 15 songs first recorded by the Monroe Brothers in 1936. I was really impressed with Bill's mandolin playing. It is no wonder he was a sensation in the 40's. The harmony singing is excellent. Just the two brothers with a mandolin and guitar, but the music is fine.

July 2000, Larry Stephenson, Two Hearts on the Borderline. Another classic Stephenson album. Great bluegrass music with a touch of Don Reno. I thought this album was just as good as his album On Fire.

July 2000, Butch Waller, Golden Gate Promenade. Waller is a student of Bill Monroe and the mandolin he plays is one serial number away from Monroe mandolin. Waller is an excellent mandolin player and this CD is full of bluegrass instrumentals.

June 2000, Kevin Kenworthy, The Best Jokes Minnie Pearl Ever Told. A fine little book full of Minnie Pearl stuff. A lot of remembrances from the likes of Porter Wagoner, Ralph Emery, Bill Anderson, Johnny Russel, etc. Light reading at its best.

May 2000, Charlie Lawson and Oak Hill, In Spirit. Charlie Lawson is a youngster who completed this album almost entirely by himself. It is all bluegrass. The album shows fine talent and should be a great stepping stone.

April 2000, The Dick Smith-Mike O'Reilly Band. Mike O'Reilly wrote 13 or the 14 songs on this traditional bluegrass CD. He writes good ballads. The lyrics are included in the liner notes. Very likely other groups will be recording his fine songs.

Sept 99 Gospel Singing Video Randy Hudelson and others described as family and friends produced this Mel Bay video for instructional purposes. Viewers are supposed to watch and listen and then learn to sing the part that best fits their voice. There is no music or harmony theory given. I think it is a little light on the instructional side, however, the five songs done on the video are excellent. Hudelson plays the piano and sings and others around him do both lead and harmony.

Jan-March 2000 Ron Spears, My Time Has Come This guy is a fine singer and songwriter. Back up included Lou Reid Dan Tyminski, Marshall Wilborn and James King. Excellent traditional bluegrass.

David"Bull" Harmon A one time guitar player with Ronda Vincent turned out this guitar album. There are 5 cuts with vocals, but the flatpicking is excellent.

Doyle Lawson The Original Band This album is a re-recording of two cassettes, "Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver "and "Quicksilver Rides Again." Harmony and picking is real fine. Everything you would expect from Doyle. Guests include Jerry Douglas, Sam Bush and Bobby Hicks. Great Stuff.

Art Stevenson & High Water I think this is Art's third piece of work. Dusty Boxcar Wall is a Crossroads Gold Star Award winner. Art wrote Red Pine Breakdown and Fare TheeWell for this album and the album is his best so far.

Red Smiley 20 Bluegrass Favorites Vol. II Putting the good stuff on CD. Some of the old favorites and a great job on "Thirty Pieces of Silver."

Dry Branch Fire Squad: Video from Iowa PBS This video last 56 minutes and it is a show put on for PBS and taped for resale. Ron Thomason is in fine form and the video is a fine representation of the squad. Suzanne Thomas plays a little clawhammer banjo.

Vern Young Fond Memories Of course there is plenty of country sounds coming out of the speakers, but most people seem to love it. Some fine songs with a total of 50 minutes of music. I see Vern and great dobroist Joe Smith just won SPGMA awards for their efforts.

Marshall Wilborn Root 5 What can I say about my hero. Excellent music but it is not all traditional bluegrass. Marshall also plays banjo one of the cuts. His bass playing will keep you in wonderment. A real must for any bass player.

Derek Dillman Rollin' Forward This guy is the son of the people operating the Bean Blossom festival. He plays a fine banjo and can adjust his styles pretty well. If you like an album with all banjo instrumentals you will like this one. Of course it is all traditional.

Aug 99 Larry Stephenson, Sweet Sunny South, This is a re-issue of a Larry Stephenson project from 1981. Now in CD format without missing a lick. Great stuff from a great bluegrasser.

Aug 99 String Band Classics; Guitar Vol. 1 Dix Bruce has transcribed 33 old time fiddle tunes to both standard notation and tablature for the guitar. Very Well Done.

July 99 Dave Evans High Waters The second CD released by Dave Evans since his release from prison. He definitely puts the blues in bluegrass and he can write good songs. A good voice and we will probably hear a lot more about this guy. This CD is worth a listener-he could be an up and comer.

July 99 Gary Brewer & the Kentucky Ramblers Heaven's Jubilee This CD is one of many put out by Gary Brewer. It sounds like Gary all the way through. Great gospel stuff, but all the songs sound pretty much the same. Fine easy listening music. Fine songs like "Purple Robe" and "Dust on the Bible".

June 99 Mike & Tari Conroy Oldtime Bluegrass Duet This couple from Montana love the music of the Monroe and Stanley Brothers. Mike plays the mandolin and Tari a very good rhythm guitar. They even wrote a tune on the CD, "Mountain Pickin". Harmony vocals are good. They recorded the CD on one take. Good basic traditional bluegrass and it sounds just as if they are in your living room.

May 99  The Osborne Brothers Hyden Another fine piece of work from The Osborne Brothers. Traditional music at its best. This is a first in a series which is to characterize the life of the famous duet. I sure do wish we could have heard a stronger bass line.

March 99 Randall Hylton Love Songs for Patricia All the songs on this album were written by Hylton except two. He wrote the songs for his wife. If you like Randall Hylton and the way he picks his two guitars you'll love this album. He even sings harmony to himself on one of the cuts.

March 99 Doc & Merle Watson Home Sweet Home The songs were recorded in Doc's living room about 6 months after Merle started playing banjo. On this album Merle is playing 3 finger style and the claw hammer he became known for. Doc's wife recorded the session. Sam Bush and Marty Stuart along with T. Michael Coleman sounds were added and the combined effect is glorious. A great technological achievement and a treasure of music.

March 99 James King Bed By the Window Another great album done by James King as the rest of James Kings albums. "Bed by the Window" is a great song. A great traditional album that should be in every CD collection.

Jan 99 The Nobels Slow Glowin' Dream A gospel album of pretty good music. The Nobel brothers and sisters write, record, and sing a lot of their own stuff. Dolly Parton sings harmony on one cut. The sound is very similar to Allison Krause or Suzanne Cox.

Feb 99 Becky Johnson 20 years of Bluegrass Photography A collection of pictures taken by Becky over a 20 year period. Very little text in the book. My favorite picture shows little Marty Stuart giving big John Duffey a bear hug.

Jan. 99 Ralph Stanley My All and All John Rigsby plays mandolin on this album reminding listeners of the old Stanley sound when Pee Wee Lambert was with them. Lambert was the mandolin player in the 1940's. This gospel album keeps the banjo pretty much in the background and then does of good job of capturing the old Stanley Brothers sound.

Dec.-98 Big Country Bluegrass Up In The High Country, A group I had not heard of before, but definitely a fine bunch of musicians. Traditional music. Buy this CD just to hear "Lone Grave on the Hill."

Dec.-98 Ralph Stanley II & John Rigsby Clinch Mountain Echoes, With Ralph Stanley Sr. singing high tenor on these songs you would swear you were listening to the Stanley Brothers. If you like old traditional music, you should get this one.

Dec.-98 Bluegrass Music Video (IBMA) This is an educational video available from the IBMA for $10. It includes a lesson plan and should be a must for every school in the world. Special Consensus did the presentation and the cost was covered by the Northern Indiana Bluegrass Association.

Sept.-98: 5 for the Gospel, Set Your House in Order, A very fine gospel recording. You can measure all your Gospel albums against this one.

Sept.-98: Earl Gately, Learn to Play Bluegrass Bass, A very complete book, however it is probably not for the beginner. You can learn to play other music besides bluegrass.

Sept.-98: Don Rigsby, A Vision, A fine recording by a great artist. Beautiful voice coming from this Rigsby and he called in all his cards. Many fine artists assist in this production.

Sept.-98: Dan Libertino, Dan Crary-Guitar, Libertino did a fine job of taking the music from Crary's CD, Guitar, and then converting it into tab and notation. You do need to buy the CD unless you are familiar with the melodies.

Aug.-98: The Reno Brothers, The Reno Revival: A Video Scrapbook, A two hour video of the second annual Reno Rival., which is Don Wayne Reno's banjo camp. Fans of Don Reno's music or banjo players thinking of attending the Reno camp should see this video.

Aug.-98: The Gibson Brothers, Another Night of Waiting, Fine music, some original, basically traditional from two young men who happen to be brothers. Great harmony.

Aug.-98: Ray Dankenbring, The Mel Bay Story, Ray did a fine job of portraying Mel Bay as the man he was. Nothing exceptional here except the story of how Mel Bay worked hard to produce a huge publishing company for all types of music instruction.

Aug.-98: Tim Graves, Walking on New Grass, A nice mix of bluegrass and country sounds. Tim Graves dobro playing shows definite influence from his Uncle Josh.

July-98: Larry Stephenson Band, On Fire, Top notch traditional music. Larry Stephenson is a great singer and sounds like Bobby Osborne. Osborne singing Rocky Top is the tune that set Stephenson On Fire about bluegrass music. This one is a must.


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