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.
LRR contributing writers:
Donald Teplyske was born in a small cabin in the hills of West Virginia….
Not really, but….
Adopted at birth, I spent my earliest years on a ramshackle farm on the North Saskatchewan River flats 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 three families living on the property, a ready 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 (as well as a name change,) my love for rural life- as long as my hands don’t get too dirty- and country-influenced music (Glen Campbell, Clarence Carter, Tom T. Hall, and Murray McLauchlan) was set.
After high school (The Who, the Undertones, Rachel Sweet, and Bruce Springsteen) and university (The Blasters, Katrina & the Waves, Lone Justice, and Marty Stuart), and stops in increasingly smaller towns, my wife and I settled in central Alberta, and love for bluegrass and roots music flourished.
I listen to a wide variety of music, and the albums most recently played in the sunburst Escape reveal my tastes: The Jerry Cans, Inuusiq/Life; Lucinda Williams, Happy Woman Blues; Dale Ann Bradley, Send the Angels; Ann Vriend, For the People in the Mean Time; The Monkees, Good Times!; and Three Dog Night, Hard Labor.
I regularly contributed to Bluegrass Now, and wrote on roots music for the Red Deer Advocate newspaper and other publications for more than a decade while also helping found and book concerts for the Waskasoo Bluegrass Music Society.
Highlights of my writing career—such as it is—include crafting the notes for James Reams & the Barnstormer’s One Foot in the Honky Tonk, having a Kieran Kane coffeehouse performance review published in No Depression, maintaining a roots music column in the area daily for a dozen years, and being called out by multiple publicists, artists, and producers over negative reviews.
When not procrastinating from important tasks, I’m an elementary school principal residing in Westerose, Alberta with my spouse and two distinctly personable cats, Bailey II and Maizee. We enjoy traveling the back roads of our province, and I have been known to write a yarn or few.