Regarding your recent dreadful review of Joltwagon’s album [“Sound Investment,” Dec. 26], you twice mention bluegrass. Bluegrass is defined by the Scruggs’ three-finger picking style using metal picks. I play clawhammer banjo or frailing style, which is what you hear in old-time music.
Sorry you didn’t like the album, but as someone who lives in this part of the country and apparently gets paid to review music, I thought you should have at least figured that much out.
— Dalton Stansbury
A&E Editor Steve Shanafelt replies: “Dalton Stansbury presents a somewhat arbitrary, and I would argue largely inaccurate, definition of bluegrass. It’s like saying that a rock song must include a guitar solo, played in the historically correct style of 1950s-era Chuck Berry. I’m pretty sure that anyone who hears Joltwagon’s debut CD will find plenty of cause for my mention of bluegrass as one of the group’s many influences.”