• The making of Too video from Flatt Lonesome

    Mountain Home Music has released a video to help introduce bluegrass fans to Flatt Lonesome and their newly-released album, Too. It involves a group discussion with the band, and some clips of them in the studio laying it down. As they explain in the video, […]

    The making of Too video from Flatt Lonesome
    | July 22, 2014 | 0 Comments
  • Band Aid video contest goes bluegrass

    When you scrape a knee or cut your finger, do you think bluegrass? Well that’s what Mary Eddy of Parkersburg, WV did when she learned that Band Aid was running a video contest. She grabbed up her bluegrass picking songs, Jake and Carter, and following […]

    Band Aid video contest goes bluegrass
    | July 21, 2014 | 0 Comments
  • Pre War Dobros examined in new book

    As is true for most students of the bluegrass instruments, resonator guitarists are especially enamored of the instruments made just prior to the US entry into WWII. In the late 1930s and early ’40s, almost all of the reso-guitars were being made by a pair of […]

    Pre War Dobros examined in new book
    | July 21, 2014 | 0 Comments
  • Earls of Leicester in September

    Jerry Douglas’ next project is something of a departure for him. Typically a decidedly forward-loooking artist focused on new music, the Dobro master is turning his gaze back to the 1950s for The Earls of Leicester, a Flatt & Scruggs tribute project he has organized with […]

    Earls of Leicester in September
    | July 21, 2014 | 0 Comments
  • Jesse McReynolds 85th Birthday Roast

    To celebrate Jesse McReynolds’ 85th birthday earlier this month, family, friends and neighbors of the bluegrass mandolin legend got together at Jesse’s home outside of Nashville for a birthday tribute in the form of a celebrity roast. Popular radio host Harv Mason served as the roastmaster, with stories […]

    Jesse McReynolds 85th Birthday Roast
    | July 21, 2014 | 0 Comments

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Earls of Leicester in September

Jerry Douglas’ next project is something of a departure for him. Typically a decidedly forward-loooking artist focused on new music, the Dobro master is turning his gaze back to the 1950s for The Earls of Leicester, a Flatt & Scruggs tribute project he has organized with […]

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Old River from Nightflyer

Nightflyer has released a debut single from their upcoming album, Rail River & Road. It’s their version of Hazel Dickens’ Old River, sung by banjo picker Ronnie Stewart, with guitarist Richard Propps taking the tenor. It’s a real vocal showpiece, certain to tickle the fancy of anyone […]

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Roy McMillan – Ray Edwards pays tribute

Roy McMillan passed away on July 5, 2014, at his home in Lewisville, North Carolina, after experiencing many years of serious ill health. He was 84 years old. Roy Berlin McMillan was born May 17, 1930, in Fancy Gap in Carroll County, Virginia. When he […]

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Bluegrass band master class at World of Bluegrass

The IBMA has announced a new seminar for World of Bluegrass Week in Raleigh this year. It’s a band coaching session held in a master class format with Stephen Mougin of the Sam Bush Band. In addition to his work as guitarist with Bush, Mojo is […]

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Suzanna Barnes to Missy Werner Band

Missy Werner has announced the addition of fiddler and vocalist Suzanna Barnes to her band. Like Missy, Suzanna was born and raised in the Cincinnati area, where southern Ohio and northern Kentucky meet. She started a study of music as a very young child, and continued […]

Bluegrass At Large

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Band Aid video contest goes bluegrass

When you scrape a knee or cut your finger, do you think bluegrass? Well that’s what Mary Eddy of Parkersburg, WV did when she learned that Band Aid was running a video contest. She grabbed up her bluegrass picking songs, Jake and Carter, and following […]

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Jesse McReynolds 85th Birthday Roast

To celebrate Jesse McReynolds’ 85th birthday earlier this month, family, friends and neighbors of the bluegrass mandolin legend got together at Jesse’s home outside of Nashville for a birthday tribute in the form of a celebrity roast. Popular radio host Harv Mason served as the roastmaster, with stories […]

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Bourgeois announces limited edition Bryan Sutton model

Bourgeois Guitars has announced their latest model, The Bryan Sutton Limited Edition (LE) Dreadnaught, which will be crafted in a limited run of thirty guitars. This is designed as a replica of Bryan’s 1997 D-150 Bourgeois, the one he used during his time with Ricky Skaggs, and on […]

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Preddyfest promoter injured in shooting

Rodney Preddy, who has managed and promoted PreddyFest this past 16 years in Franklinton, NC, was seriously injured in the early hours of this morning. While returning home from Roxboro, NC last night, he was struck in the eye by a bullet fired from outside […]

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Huss and Dalton raffle guitar for James Alan Shelton 

In late April James Alan Shelton, the much loved lead guitar player for Ralph Stanley, was diagnosed as having multiple stage 4 cancers. Barely a month later he had very sadly passed away, the cancers too far advanced for him to receive any meaningful treatment. […]

Bluegrass in the Media

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The making of Too video from Flatt Lonesome

Mountain Home Music has released a video to help introduce bluegrass fans to Flatt Lonesome and their newly-released album, Too. It involves a group discussion with the band, and some clips of them in the studio laying it down. As they explain in the video, […]

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Earls of Leicester in September

Jerry Douglas’ next project is something of a departure for him. Typically a decidedly forward-loooking artist focused on new music, the Dobro master is turning his gaze back to the 1950s for The Earls of Leicester, a Flatt & Scruggs tribute project he has organized with […]

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Twilight Zone video from Stringcaster

Stringcaster is a Dutch band that was formed to celebrate a variety of American music, including blues, rockabilly, country and bluegrass. They’re a rowdy bunch, featuring Ralf Wychge on mandolin, banjo, lead vocals and harmonica, Jimmy Ellis on fiddle and mandolin, Robert van Driesten on harmonica and banjo, Martin Voogd […]

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Behind The Mic with Buddy Merriam

Mandolin player Buddy Merriam might be one of the most open-minded bluegrass traditionalists around. Although he professes to a deep love of first-generation bluegrass, particularly the stylings of Bill Monroe, in his role as host of the popular Blue Grass Time radio show on WUSB […]

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Last of the Breed in the stretch run

Last of the Breed, a documentary film on the life and music of Dave Evans, is rounding the final pole, heading in to the back stretch. Filmmaker Matthew Pellowski tells us that he is now starting post production, with a hope to release the final […]

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Bluegrass on the Grass 2014

Frank Baker has shared this gallery of photos he took at Bluegrass on the Grass, held on the campus of Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania this past weekend.  

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Bluegrass Weather Report – 7/15/14

Here’s our Special Bluegrass Correspondent with this week’s Bluegrass Weather Report, looking at the Grey Fox festival in Oak Hill, New York.

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Red Wing Roots 2014

The photos in this article were taken by Milo Farineau, and the report is from his son, Kirby. Only two seasons into its lifespan, Red Wing Roots Festival has already won the love, support, and excitement of the thousands of attendees who visited last weekend. The […]

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Sheridan Festival evacuated by fire

This report comes from C.J. Lewandowski, mandolinist with Karl Shiflett & Big Country Show. He was working at the Sheridan festival as the following took place. The photos were taken by Steve Jackson. The Sheridan Bluegrass Fever Festival was evacuated on Saturday (7/12/14) by a […]

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The Gary Fergusons head to Ireland

Bluegrass singer/songwriter Gary Ferguson is preparing for his 10th tour in Ireland in the past ten years. He’s developed a large enough following through his regular visits to keep him busy from this Saturday (July 12) through to July 27. Irish audiences respond enthusiastically to […]

Latest Reviews

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Pre War Dobros examined in new book

As is true for most students of the bluegrass instruments, resonator guitarists are especially enamored of the instruments made just prior to the US entry into WWII. In the late 1930s and early ’40s, almost all of the reso-guitars were being made by a pair of […]

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Country Livin’ – The Easy Ramblers

As much as the popular media might want us to, all bluegrass fans don’t live in an old homeplace in the Blue Ridge Mountains. However, that doesn’t mean that those images don’t stay popular in this style of music. Some of the best bluegrass songs […]

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Flatt Lonesome, Too

The bluegrass world was turned on its ears last January following the debut album of a bunch of young people from Florida. Flatt Lonesome won SPBGMA’s band competition in 2012,  and nabbed a nomination for IBMA’s Emerging Artist of the Year in 2013, an impressive feat […]

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Rachel Burge & Blue Dawning

West Virginia singer, songwriter, and mandolinist, Rachel Burge, first came to our attention as a member of No One You Know, a bluegrass group formerly based in the Mountaineer State. Their clever band name served them well in generating curiosity, one that may have been based on the […]

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Somewhere Far Away – Bradford Lee Folk

In the 1960’s, country star Hank Snow sang “I’ve been everywhere, man.” Although Bradford Lee Folk didn’t include that song on his recent album Somewhere Far Away, his background gives him a legitimate claim to it. Folk was born in Louisiana, raised in Missouri, moved […]

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J.D.’s Bluegrass Kitchen from CBA

| July 16, 2014 | 0 Comments

Bluegrass festivals and fiddler’s conventions are a feast for all the senses. The sights and sounds are obvious wherever live music is performed, as is the touch for anyone joining in the picking. But for real die-hard festival lovers, the tastes and smells of outdoor […]

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Did I just see a Del McCoury blimp?

| July 16, 2014 | 0 Comments

“For Your Consideration.” We all have seen that phrase more than a few times in the past few days, now that the first round of IBMA awards balloting has been tabulated. It’s the generic introduction to a solicitation for votes, in this case for the […]

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Sam Moore and Nu-Blu

| July 16, 2014 | 0 Comments

Readers of a certain age – those who followed pop music in the 1960s – will remember R&B singing sensations, Sam & Dave. They enjoyed chart success with a number of hit songs like Soul Man, I Thank You, Hold On, I’m Comin’, and When […]

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Haas, Kowert, Tice – You Got This

| July 15, 2014 | 0 Comments

Special project bands have become a substantial part of the contemporary music scene, in a sort of self-perpetuating cycle. As the members of more top groups look for performance vehicles outside of their regular band formats, other members of those groups feel the pull as […]

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Tim Stafford Steps Out

| July 15, 2014 | 0 Comments

So much of Tim Stafford’s identity is wrapped up in Blue Highway, his musical home for the last two decades. He’s one terrific songwriter, singer and picker, but in that setting he’s surrounded by a bandful of them who share the spotlight. On Just to […]

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