• Behind The Mic with Terry Thacker

    It’s a common story in bluegrass music: mountain boy moves north, but tries to keep his roots close. Most of the time in songs, there’s a powerful lonesome ending to the story, but southeastern Kentucky native Colonel Terry Thacker has a brighter outlook. He has […]

    Behind The Mic with Terry Thacker
    | October 30, 2014 | 0 Comments
  • The Day The Banjo Dies from Roni Stoneman

    Roni Stoneman has released a single from her upcoming bluegrass album, which answers the autobiographical question, “Have you ever thought about retiring?” Written by her long time guitarist, Ronnie Buff, The Day The Banjo Dies makes it plenty clear that Roni doesn’t plan on slowing […]

    The Day The Banjo Dies from Roni Stoneman
    | October 30, 2014 | 0 Comments
  • Talking Newtown with Kati and Jr.

    Earlier this month we caught up with Jr. Williams and Kati Penn Williams of NewTown to talk about their current album, Time Machine, their new baby, and being an official showcase artist during World of Bluegrass.  

    Talking Newtown with Kati and Jr.
    | October 30, 2014 | 0 Comments
  • Fiddle Tunes on Jazz Changes

    Matt Glaser has been an important figure in the world of bluegrass and old time fiddle since the 1970s. At that time, he was part of the experimental string music scene in New York and New England, recording with fellow envelope-pushers like Tony Trischka, Andy […]

    Fiddle Tunes on Jazz Changes
    | October 30, 2014 | 0 Comments
  • Larry Cordle to KY Music Hall of Fame

    The Kentucky Music Hall of Fame has announced their 2015 honorees, and bluegrass singer/songwriter Larry Cordle is on the list. Located in Renfro Valley, the Hall of Fame exists to honor “Kentucky performers, songwriters, publishers, promoters, managers, broadcasters, comedians and other music professionals who have […]

    Larry Cordle to KY Music Hall of Fame
    | October 30, 2014 | 0 Comments

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The Day The Banjo Dies from Roni Stoneman

Roni Stoneman has released a single from her upcoming bluegrass album, which answers the autobiographical question, “Have you ever thought about retiring?” Written by her long time guitarist, Ronnie Buff, The Day The Banjo Dies makes it plenty clear that Roni doesn’t plan on slowing […]

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Fiddle Tunes on Jazz Changes

Matt Glaser has been an important figure in the world of bluegrass and old time fiddle since the 1970s. At that time, he was part of the experimental string music scene in New York and New England, recording with fellow envelope-pushers like Tony Trischka, Andy […]

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Sunnyflower One – Miss Dixie sings

You’re never too old or experienced to have your career take off in a new direction. Miss Dixie Hall, the renowned and award-winning songwriter in bluegrass music, has recorded her first-ever song as a vocalist, and it’s being released this week. It is a message […]

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Hazel McGee passes

There is great sadness among New England bluegrass fans this week, as Hazel McGee of White Mountain Bluegrass has passed away. Although expected for some time, the news was very upsetting to her many fans, and this lovely lady will be sorely missed. Hazel, who performed […]

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Hazel Dickens song contest from DCBU

When the DC Bluegrass Union launched their songwriting competition this year, it was a simple decision to name it in honor of Hazel Dickens, a nearly-native daughter who spent much of her life based in the Baltimore/Washington area. Born in West Virginia in 1935, Hazel […]

Bluegrass At Large

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Larry Cordle to KY Music Hall of Fame

The Kentucky Music Hall of Fame has announced their 2015 honorees, and bluegrass singer/songwriter Larry Cordle is on the list. Located in Renfro Valley, the Hall of Fame exists to honor “Kentucky performers, songwriters, publishers, promoters, managers, broadcasters, comedians and other music professionals who have […]

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Junior Sisk treated for hand injury

Junior Sisk, known as much as an avid hunter as he is for his soulful singing voice, was treated last night for a cut to his left hand after a minor hunting-related accident. While gutting a doe he had just taken, Sisk cut the outside […]

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Roni Stoneman wins ROPE Award

Stoneman has been a magic name in country, old time, and bluegrass music since 1927. That’s when Ernest “Pop” Stoneman first recorded for Victor in Bristol, Tennessee with several members of his family in what came to be known as The Bristol Sessions. He went […]

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Welcome Samuel McKendree

Jason McKendree, the talented banjo player who worked several years with Josh Williams before Josh returned to Rhonda Vincent, and his equally talented wife, Carolyn, are today celebrating the birth of their second child, Samuel Ryan Jude McKendree. He arrived at 2:58 a.m. at 6 lbs 5.9 […]

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Mando record to be recaptured at Galax ’15?

It’s official. A second attempt will be made in August 2015 to return the Guinness World Record for Largest Mandolin Ensemble to the United States during the Galax Old Fiddlers Convention. A group under the direction of Tara Linhardt set a new record at Galax […]

Bluegrass in the Media

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Behind The Mic with Terry Thacker

It’s a common story in bluegrass music: mountain boy moves north, but tries to keep his roots close. Most of the time in songs, there’s a powerful lonesome ending to the story, but southeastern Kentucky native Colonel Terry Thacker has a brighter outlook. He has […]

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Talking Newtown with Kati and Jr.

Earlier this month we caught up with Jr. Williams and Kati Penn Williams of NewTown to talk about their current album, Time Machine, their new baby, and being an official showcase artist during World of Bluegrass.  

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Fiddle Tunes on Jazz Changes

Matt Glaser has been an important figure in the world of bluegrass and old time fiddle since the 1970s. At that time, he was part of the experimental string music scene in New York and New England, recording with fellow envelope-pushers like Tony Trischka, Andy […]

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IBMA Awards to be televised in 2015

The 2014 International Bluegrass Music Awards, held October 2, will be broadcast in a one-hour edited version during the Spring 2015 season of American Public Television’s Music City Roots television series. The show was hosted live by Jerry Douglas and Lee Ann Womack at the Duke Energy […]

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Hazel Dickens song contest from DCBU

When the DC Bluegrass Union launched their songwriting competition this year, it was a simple decision to name it in honor of Hazel Dickens, a nearly-native daughter who spent much of her life based in the Baltimore/Washington area. Born in West Virginia in 1935, Hazel […]

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Talking Newtown with Kati and Jr.

Earlier this month we caught up with Jr. Williams and Kati Penn Williams of NewTown to talk about their current album, Time Machine, their new baby, and being an official showcase artist during World of Bluegrass.  

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Bluegrass Weather Report – 10/29/14

Here’s our Special Bluegrass Correspondent with this week’s Bluegras Weather Report, looking at the Dixieland Fall Bluegrass Festival in Waldo, FL.  

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Stars shine at Lake Placid Bluegrass Jam

Andy Flynn covered the first ever Bluegrass Jam for the Lake Placid News, and shared this article which they published. Like many cities that have hosted Olympic events, Lake Placid now is seeking new ways to make use of the Olympic facilities left behind for […]

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Blake Williams at IBMA

It’s always a good time for a chat with Blake Williams, former Blue Grass Boy and popular festival MC. We caught up with him in Raleigh during the World of Bluegrass conference.  

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Rob Ickes and Trey Hensley

Rob Ickes and Trey Hensley joined us during the World of Bluegrass convention to talk about their upcoming album together, Before The Sun Goes Down, which offers a mix of traditional bluegrass and country music. The pair have a show tomorrow (10/23) at Nashville’s Station Inn, […]

Latest Reviews

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Avenue of the Giants – Russ Carson

Kentucky Thunder banjo player Russ Carson might not yet be recognized among the giants of the five string community, but it seems likely from his latest Patuxent CD, Avenue of the Giants, that he’ll soon be counted in their number. This talented young picker excels at both 3-finger […]

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‘Tween Earth and Sky – Becky Buller

In baseball, a five-tool player comes along once every decade or two. Anyone who hits for average and power, has speed, is terrific defensively and has a rifle arm is revered. In bluegrass, the best of the best are three-tool players. They play at a […]

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We’re Gonna Rise – Crosspoint

There’s been an awful lot of good music coming from the hills of east Tennessee lately, particularly in the area around the small town of Cumberland Gap. That’s in large part thanks to Steve Gulley, whose Curve Studio is located there. One of the latest […]

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Spinney Brothers – Tried & True

It’s a safe bet that no one will ever accuse the Spinney Brothers of straying from traditional bluegrass, as shaped by Bill Monroe, Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs. Album after album, show after show, the Canadian band stays faithful to the roots of bluegrass, not […]

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Turn On A Dime – Lonesome River Band

After several years spent reworking the group’s past hits in the form of the acclaimed Chronology trilogy, the Lonesome River Band is back again with an all-new thirteen-track collection, showcasing the fantastic modern traditional bluegrass that has become their hallmark over the past three decades. […]

Recent Bluegrass Today News

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Dick Freeland : A Career Overview

| October 29, 2014 | 0 Comments

As previously reported, Charles Richard ‘Dick’ Freeland passed away on Thursday, August 14, 2014, at his home after a prolonged illness. He was 76 years old. Born June 23, 1938, ‘Dick’ Freeland was a native of Pennsylvania. He “always had a robust interest in bluegrass […]

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Pouco Bessie with guava nectar

| October 29, 2014 | 0 Comments

The Night Drivers and I have just completed what I believe is the world’s second shortest European tour. The world’s shortest European tour involved a band that just took their instruments out at the baggage claim of Amsterdam Schipol airport, played Salty Dog Blues, collected […]

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Jason Barie to The Radio Ramblers

| October 28, 2014 | 0 Comments

Jason Barie has been announced as the new fiddler with Joe Mullins & the Radio Ramblers, taking the spot created by the departure of Evan McGregor. Bluegrass fans will be familiar with Jason from his six years with Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, two before that with Larry Stephenson, […]

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It’ll Be Alright video from Mike Barnett

| October 27, 2014 | 0 Comments

Mike Barnett, fiddler and songwriter late of The Deadly Gentlemen, has released this live performance video of the opening track of his recent album, One Song Romance. The song is one of Mike’s, entitled It’ll Be Alright, done here by a group of Boston’s top […]

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Pray For Rain coming from Blue Mafia

| October 27, 2014 | 0 Comments

Pinecastle Records has announced February 10, 2015 as the release date for Pray For Rain, the second CD project from Blue Mafia, and their first for the North Carolina-based label. The Indiana band is anchored by the picking and singing of Dara and Tony Wray, a […]

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