• Flatt Lonesome accident update

    We have a learned a bit more about the auto accident that occurred on Saturday (8/1) involving two members of Flatt Lonesome. The best news is that both Dominic Illingworth and Michael Stockton are doing well, have been released from the hospital, and are safely […]

    Flatt Lonesome accident update
    | August 3, 2015 | 0 Comments
  • First Time Grey Fox Catcher

    What a festival! A pop-up town of about 7,000 people grinning ear-to-ear for four straight days in scenic Oak Hill, New York. It does not get much better than that. Add one of the best bluegrass line-ups ever organized and, wait a second, oh yeah, […]

    First Time Grey Fox Catcher
    | August 3, 2015 | 0 Comments
  • Thurman Pugh passes 

    Charles Thurman Pugh of Galax, Virginia, bass player with the Mountain Ramblers, passed away in the Grayson Nursing and Rehab Center, Independence, Virginia, on Wednesday, July 29, 2015. He was 80 years old. The Mountain Ramblers is a name synonymous with all that is good […]

    Thurman Pugh passes 
    | August 3, 2015 | 0 Comments
  • Flatt Lonesome members in serious accident

    Two members of Flatt Lonesome were injured this morning in an automobile accident near Durham, NC. Michael Stockton and Dominic Illingworth were just moments from meeting up with the rest of the band when the accident occurred. Both were taken to Duke Medical Center for examination […]

    Flatt Lonesome members in serious accident
    | August 1, 2015 | 0 Comments
  • Mandolin record attempt next week at Galax

    This year at the Old Fiddler’s Convention in Galax, VA we will be attempting to take back the Guinness Book World’s record for the Largest Mandolin Ensemble in the history of the world to Team USA on Tuesday, August 4th on the bleachers of the Galax […]

    Mandolin record attempt next week at Galax
    | July 31, 2015 | 0 Comments

Latest Bluegrass Music News

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Flatt Lonesome accident update

We have a learned a bit more about the auto accident that occurred on Saturday (8/1) involving two members of Flatt Lonesome. The best news is that both Dominic Illingworth and Michael Stockton are doing well, have been released from the hospital, and are safely […]

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Thurman Pugh passes 

Charles Thurman Pugh of Galax, Virginia, bass player with the Mountain Ramblers, passed away in the Grayson Nursing and Rehab Center, Independence, Virginia, on Wednesday, July 29, 2015. He was 80 years old. The Mountain Ramblers is a name synonymous with all that is good […]

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Flatt Lonesome members in serious accident

Two members of Flatt Lonesome were injured this morning in an automobile accident near Durham, NC. Michael Stockton and Dominic Illingworth were just moments from meeting up with the rest of the band when the accident occurred. Both were taken to Duke Medical Center for examination […]

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Cumberland River to LoweRider Entertainment

Kentucky’s Cumberland River bluegrass band has announced affiliation with LoweRider Entertainment in Nashville for representation. The agency has been operated since 1990 by Sam Lowe, and handles primarily country artists like Mark Collie and Bailey & the Boys. This is a second chance for the Cumberland […]

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Po’ Ramblin’ Boys crossing the pond

East Tennessee’s Po’ Ramblin’ Boys, formed just last year to perform regularly at the Ole Smoky Moonshine Distillery in Gatlinburg, has been rapidly gathering steam with outside shows. So much so that they are currently preparing for an 8-day central European tour next month. The Boys […]

Bluegrass At Large

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Uncle Phil once more unto the breach

Phil Leadbetter has shared some somber news. Just a couple of weeks after his doctors saw something suspicious on a follow-up scan, he received news he wasn’t eager to hear. It seems that the cancer he has defeated twice, with the help of the capable […]

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Allen Mills recovering from back surgery

Allen Mills, founding member of the legendary Lost and Found, is recuperating in the hospital following back surgery yesterday. He had been experiencing some discomfort of late and had to bring his nephew, Jason Moore, along to play bass on some recent band shows. He reports […]

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Sales opportunity at Bluegrass Today

Bluegrass Today has an opening for an experienced, full-time, online sales professional. Expansion in our advertising department has created the need for an additional banner ad salesperson. We are looking for someone with five or more years experience in advertising sales for an immediate hire. Salary/commission range commensurate […]

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Sound Marketing for Bluegrass

Did you know that Bluegrass Today publishes a periodic newsletter about online marketing for bluegrass professionals? It’s free to all comers, and is delivered by email twice each month, written by branding expert Barry Silverstein. Each issue of Sound Marketing for Bluegrass focuses on some aspect […]

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ETSU seeks Marketing Coordinator

ETSU’s Department of Appalachian Studies, which includes their Bluegrass, Old Time, and Country Music Studies degree program, has posted an opening for a Public Relations and Marketing Coordinator. This is a half-time position for someone to assist with the promotion of the BOT&CMS department, and developing marketing […]

Bluegrass in the Media

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IBMA Awards nominees on SiriusXM

It has just been announced that the nominees for the 26th Annual International Bluegras Music Awards will be revealed on Wednesday, August 12 during a special live broadcast on SiriusXM channel 61, Bluegrass Junction. The show will air from 11:00 a.m. to noon (EDT). The Gibson […]

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Bluegrass Museum announces new Director

The International Bluegrass Music Museum, located in Owensboro, KY, has announced Chris Joslin of Nashville as their new Executive Director. He will assume these duties on September 1. Joslin has experience in both the worlds of business and bluegrass. Educated in Tennessee, where he received both […]

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Ice Crisis – Is it bluegrass?

Nope. That’s an easy answer. This early taste from the CD Stash!, expected soon from Boston-based guitarist/vocalist Stash Wyslouch – late of The Deadly Gentlemen – explores Wyslouch’s personal musical experiment with acoustic metal. Prior to coming to bluegrass, Stash was consumed with rock and metal […]

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David Parmley & Cardinal Tradition

David Parmley has changed the name of his touring band ahead of his return to full time performing in 2016. Since shortly after leaving The Bluegrass Cardinals in 1992, David has worked with a group billed as Continental Divide. For a time, he was partnered […]

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Summer McMahan talks America’s Got Talent

Last night during Mountain Faith Band’s successful run through America’s Got Talent’s Judges Cut Round on NBC, Summer McMahan shed what may be the most famous tears in bluegrass music. Certainly the most influential ones in a long time, as they may have turned the […]

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Mandolin record attempt next week at Galax

This year at the Old Fiddler’s Convention in Galax, VA we will be attempting to take back the Guinness Book World’s record for the Largest Mandolin Ensemble in the history of the world to Team USA on Tuesday, August 4th on the bleachers of the Galax […]

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Cooder-Skaggs-White tour picking up steam

With new dates being added, the ongoing Ry Cooder, Ricky Skaggs and Sharon White tour is picking up steam across the US. The trio of well-respected artists and their supporting band are just finishing up the first leg of the tour, which will start up […]

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Friday at Marshall Bluegrass 2015

Friday at the Marshall Bluegrass Festival had somewhat of a theme. There were two Michigan based bands and five Ohio based bands. Ottawa County from the Port Clinton, Ohio area took the stage first. The band is a well-established, traditional bluegrass band. They were followed […]

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Thursday at Marshall Bluegrass

Thursday was the official opening of the 18th Marshall Bluegrass Festival held on the Calhoun County Fairgrounds in Marshall, Michigan. Local favorites and Southeast Michigan Bluegrass Music Association member band, Out of the Blue, opened the show. They return Friday for two big sets. Relatively new […]

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Sunday at Grey Fox 2015

Sunday of Grey Fox has a number of the events that folks have been building up to to conclude the festival. There are the raffle drawings for the instruments, more great bands, and the giant group photo of the staff and volunteers. There is also […]

Latest Reviews

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First Time Grey Fox Catcher

What a festival! A pop-up town of about 7,000 people grinning ear-to-ear for four straight days in scenic Oak Hill, New York. It does not get much better than that. Add one of the best bluegrass line-ups ever organized and, wait a second, oh yeah, […]

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Brighter Every Day – Trout Steak Revival

One of the most recent groups from the western bluegrass world to begin gaining national recognition is Trout Steak Revival, a Denver-based band that also won the 2014 band competition at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival. The five-piece group has been playing together for several years, […]

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Ethan Jodziewicz & Tatiana Hargreaves

We’ve commented many times here at Bluegrass Today about the new trends in acoustic string music brought about by its recent acceptance as a course of study in higher education. Not only does this mean that promising young musicians in our wider genre get top-level […]

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Spruce Pine Festival: A Hidden Gem in the North Carolina Mountains

Nestled on a hillside in historic downtown Spruce Pine, N.C., my companion and I enjoyed some of the best bluegrass music, food and small town atmosphere I’ve encountered. Now in its fourth year, the Spruce Pine Barbecue Championship and Bluegrass Festival held July 17–18 featured […]

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Red Wing Roots 2015

When standing beneath the monumental Natural Chimneys (120 foot limestone pillars and the only remaining evidence that this part of the world was once completely undersea) in Mount Solon, Virginia, it’s hard to imagine a more beautiful location for a music festival. That’s just one […]

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Artist2Artist: Bobby Hicks – Are You Really Listening?

| July 31, 2015 | 0 Comments

If it were magic, all of us fiddle players would be playing like bluegrass musician Bobby Hicks. But as he says… “fiddle playing is hard and it takes a long time to get good. You’ve got to listen… REALLY listen.” Today, I started really listening. […]

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Are you my Fearless Leader?

| July 29, 2015 | 0 Comments

There are at least a few different categories of bluegrass band leader personalities. All have their good and bad points. There can be a wide range too, from the Benito Mussolini school of management, to the style of the touchy-feely “team coordinator” of a local […]

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Mountain Faith makes it through!

| July 28, 2015 | 0 Comments

Congratulations to Mountain Faith Band, who made it through to the next round on America’s Got Talent tonight. They passed the Judge’s Cut Round and will now compete on programs live from Radio City Music Hall in New York city, starting next week. Their song tonight was […]

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Starr Moss departing Henhouse Prowlers

| July 28, 2015 | 0 Comments

Chicago’s Henhouse Prowlers have announced the impending departure of guitarist Starr Moss after four years with the band. The Milwaukee native is heading back to Wisconsin to attend grad school. He appears on their last three recordings, and has toured all over the world with the group. The […]

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Mountain Faith on America’s Got Talent tonight

| July 28, 2015 | 0 Comments

Mountain Faith Band is scheduled to appear again tonight on America’s Got Talent, NBC television’s talent competition  program. They won rave reviews during their audition appearance earlier this month, where they performed a grassified arrangement of Counting Stars from One Direction. At this point in […]

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