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I am a long time avid fan of DBFS and each of the many lineups. Your devotion to old time music is obvious. The new CD's are a joy, both the sacred and the secular. I know you are very busy but hope you will help me with a question. When you are introducing "By The Mark" you say it is not an old time song but sounds like one, and you will do it in the old time way. Does this refer to a traditional view that the banjo is a "secular" instrument that ought not be featured in a gospel song. If you can help me wonderful, if not you are still the greatest.

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Hello Ron and friends ~
I am a long-time fan of DBFS. I've seen you perform several times, including at the Delaware Valley Bluegrass Festival and at Gettysburg in recent years. I treasure my autographed Genuine Thought-repellant Hat!
I am bringing four friends to Newark this Friday (Feb 12th) for your show for the BFOTM, and am very much looking forward to it!
But first, I am sorry Brian and Dan have taken the easy way out - of the band - by retiring. Will this be your first public performance with the new alignment?
Second, I HAVE A REQUEST, albeit a negative one. Please DO NOT play Echo Mountain on Friday! It is too darn SAD! Makes me cry every time!
I'm serious. Thank you. I love everything else you do! Yours ~ David


Added: February 9, 2016
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Love you music.

Added: February 8, 2016
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Finally got around to this now that the holidays are over. Best wishes for a great 2016. As you might guess, things are hectic here trying to avoid all these candidates and journalists. My wife got asked to define her depth of Christianity in a phone survey today. I choked on my sweet potato as she tried to explain that you don't have to carry a Jesus badge to be spiritually responsible, but that doesn't make you a Jihadist either. Best, S.

Added: January 10, 2016
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Will certainly miss Brian and Danny being in the group, however, I wish them a happy retirement and best of luck in all their future endeavours. I remember Adam McIntosh being with the group years ago (talented musician and a pretty good singer as well). Welcome back. Looking forward to seeing Jeff Byrd should I ever get a chance to see the group again. Hi to Ron and Tom. Keep up the great entertainment.

Added: January 3, 2016
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Just finished reading Ron's latest rant about bigotry in the IBMA. This brings up a question I had for Ron concerning the band's concert this past summer in Luray, Va. At the festival the band Goldwing Express did a parody of Donald Trump; within this parody, were several "racist" (my opinion) jokes concerning Barak Obama. Visiting the DBFS table after this parody, one of the band members remarked on how much he enjoyed the parody. So my question for Ron, does some of this bigotry he speaks of exist within his own band? If so, how has he addressed it? I ask these questions with all due respect as I am a big fan of the band. Thanks for the music. mg

Admin reply: It did. As you might expect, it has seldom reared its head in my presence. I have fought it all my life with what tools I have. That said, I would venture that the parody that Gold Wing Express did was multi-faceted and that a casual listener might only hear that which he or she is attuned to. I remember hearing the parody sort of in the background, but I had no idea what was being said or sung save for I heard Mr. Trump's name. That's not the kind of humor I "tune in." When stuff like that is in my face, I pretty much put it in the category of...well, the battle must go on. And on.
I don't mind answering a question like this, but it is somewhat uncomfortable since I was not there to hear the conversation nor was I aware the performance that brought the question about. Of course, if one wants to consider all the possible perspectives, it is quite easy to see how no answer could satisfy more than just a few folks, depending on what each thinks is enough, too much, or too little. rt


Added: December 30, 2015
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Any chance you'll reissue the Golgotha album on CD? I have the cassette tape, but that's old technology. I just traded in my car with a cassette player.

Admin reply: Howdy Dan, (an excellent question) I have always pushed for a re-release of GOLGOTHA in a modern format, but it simply never took place. That album was selected by the Library of Congress as a signal bluegrass album to be sent to public libraries all over the world. I thought it should stay in print for that reason and a few others. However, now that Rounder Records has been sold to Concorde Music, I'm sure there's no chance that it will ever appear again. Thanks for asking. All the best, rt


Added: December 26, 2015
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Good job, Ron. Keep up the good work.

Added: December 15, 2015
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I love DBFS & the way they do bluegrass. I wear an MP3 player at work & some days I listen to "Little Church by the Side of the Road" for a week solid. That's not the only one, there are more of DBFS on there that I listen to almost as much. I love your sound, I love the vocals...it's my kind of thing. I'm fixing to retire here soon (after almost 44 years), and am glad to have found your music. Keep up the good work!

Admin reply: You made my day. rt


Added: December 13, 2015
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Added: December 9, 2015
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