• Kids on Bluegrass headed for France

    Kids On Bluegrass is a program where talented teens and youngsters are highlighted during the IBMA’s World of Bluegrass each year. Special bluegrass kids are identified from around the country, and formed into a band to both entertain attendees and highlight the fun of picking’ and […]

    Kids on Bluegrass headed for France
    | July 1, 2015 | 0 Comments
  • When I’m Free – Hot Rize

    One of – if not the – most anticipated albums of the past year was the return of Hot Rize after twenty-odd years with When I’m Free. Since its release in late 2014, the group has embarked upon a popular tour and received a significant […]

    When I’m Free – Hot Rize
    | July 1, 2015 | 0 Comments
  • Aren’t you getting a bit personal?

    There’s been an exciting new development at Bluegrass Today. I think it’s even bigger than the recent breaking of the personnel change story that rocked the industry: “Brian Hampton to Kryspy Rydge.” It may even be bigger than the installation of the new water cooler […]

    Aren’t you getting a bit personal?
    | July 1, 2015 | 0 Comments
  • Mountain Faith Band on America’s Got Talent

    If you didn’t catch Mountain Faith last night on America’s Got Talent, you should know that they absolutely killed it. After a brief introductory discussion, they performed a grassed up version on One Republic’s Counting Stars. Summer McMahan’s lovely voice captured the audience’s attention immediately and the […]

    Mountain Faith Band on America’s Got Talent
    | July 1, 2015 | 0 Comments
  • Artist2Artist: Ira Gitlin – Two Wrongs Make An Awful Good Right

    For those who don’t regularly attend bluegrass festivals, or listen to the classic bluegrass music on albums or on terrestrial, streaming and satellite music stations — the clash of musical voicing is what makes classic bluegrass music… bluegrass music. It’s that quirky “you know it […]

    Artist2Artist: Ira Gitlin – Two Wrongs Make An Awful Good Right
    | July 1, 2015 | 0 Comments

Latest Bluegrass Music News

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Molly Cherryholmes to Mountain Heart

The newly-reformed Mountain Heart has announced a change to their lineup. Founding member Jim VanCleve won’t be participating with the group, who has a new opportunity he is pursuing. Stepping in will be Molly Cherryholmes, the southpaw fiddler from the Cherryholmes family band, who will […]

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Steve Waller passes 

Steve Waller, mandolin player, of the Sawtooth Mountain Boys passed away on Friday, June 26, 2015, following a massive heart attack at his partner, Carol Justice’s, home in Cornelius, Oregon. He was 69 years of age. The band was named after the Sawtooth Range of […]

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Acoustic Disc releases Dawg Jazz book

A third edition in their Book Of The Dawg series, Dawg Jazz, has been released by Acoustic Disc, David Grisman’s record label. Like its previous volumes, Dawg Roots and Dawg Grass, this third book collects 20 Grisman compositions in a jazzy vein from his many recordings this […]

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Banjo tabs from Hamish Davidson

Hamish Davidson, the banjo-playing half of Australia’s Davidson Brothers, has published Bluegrass Banjo Davidson Style, a book of banjo tabs from his recorded solos with the band. A total of 28 songs/tunes are included, each presented in hand-written, metered tablature. There are no song notes, […]

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Mountains Of Music Homecoming CD on the way

We spoke today with Jack Hinshelwood, Executive Director of Virginia’s Crooked Road. He had some interesting news about the Mountains of Music Homecoming, their big summer event with music and cultural happenings all across the southwestern portions of the state. First of all, Jack was happy to share […]

Bluegrass At Large

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What’s up with Tony Rice?

In bluegrass music circles, no question is asked more consistently that some variation of, “What’s going on with Tony Rice?” Followers of his music reacted with immediate generosity in 2013 when an appeal went out for financial support when he was unable to perform, and reaction […]

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McCabe’s tapes to be housed at UNC Chapel Hill

Great news for lovers of live music recordings. More than 40 years of live concerts recorded at McCabe’s Guitar Shop in Santa Monica, CA have been donated to the Southern Folklife Collection at the UNC Chapel Hill library. Open since 1958, McCabe’s has always been what […]

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GoFundMe campaign for Blake Johnson

Blake Johnson, the talented bass player and vocalist for Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out, has been having a rough time of late. Health challenges are always disruptive and unpleasant, but we don’t often expect to see them visited on healthy young people. We have written […]

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Congratulations Jerry and Erin Salley!

On June 20, Nashville country and bluegrass singer, songwriter and producer, Jerry Salley, was married to Erin Searcy at The Grand Inheritance in Gallatin, TN. Jerry tells us that he met Erin at the songwriter festival Blast on the Bay in Port St Joe, FL. When they […]

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On This Day #42 – IBMA

On this Day …. On Monday June 24, 1985, a group of interested individuals gathered in the board-room of BMI’s Nashville headquarters for two days of discussion to explore the possibilities of forming a trade organisation in support of bluegrass music. Initiated by Lance LeRoy, […]

Bluegrass in the Media

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Mountain Faith Band on America’s Got Talent

If you didn’t catch Mountain Faith last night on America’s Got Talent, you should know that they absolutely killed it. After a brief introductory discussion, they performed a grassed up version on One Republic’s Counting Stars. Summer McMahan’s lovely voice captured the audience’s attention immediately and the […]

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Sierra and Del at The Ryman

To help promote their show this week as a part of Bluegrass Nights at The Ryman in Nashville, Sierra Hull and Del McCoury took a tour through the historic building, with a video camera in tow. Sierra got Del to share some memories from his […]

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Long Way Down video from The Steeldrivers

The Steeldrivers have a released a music video for Long Way Down, the opening track from The Muscle Shoals Recordings, their latest album on Rounder. It showcases more of their trademark blues-grass sound, featuring Gary Nichols’ slippery vocals with grassy accompaniment.  

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Mountain Faith on AGT tonight

Tonight’s the night! Mountain Faith’s audition performance for America’s Got Talent is scheduled to air on tonight’s NBC broadcast of the program. This talented, young, western North Carolina band is the latest to use bluegrass music in attempting to win the top prize in this popular […]

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Acoustic Disc releases Dawg Jazz book

A third edition in their Book Of The Dawg series, Dawg Jazz, has been released by Acoustic Disc, David Grisman’s record label. Like its previous volumes, Dawg Roots and Dawg Grass, this third book collects 20 Grisman compositions in a jazzy vein from his many recordings this […]

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Kids on Bluegrass headed for France

Kids On Bluegrass is a program where talented teens and youngsters are highlighted during the IBMA’s World of Bluegrass each year. Special bluegrass kids are identified from around the country, and formed into a band to both entertain attendees and highlight the fun of picking’ and […]

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Bean Blossom 2015 – Day 6

Daniel Mullins will be reporting from the 2015 Bean Blossom Festival all week, as Internet service in the campground allows. Check back each day for his reports and photos. The remainder of his reports will be after the fact. The sixth day of the 49th Annual Bill […]

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Aubrey Holt benefit show August 9

As we knew would surely happen, friends and family of Aubrey Holt, of the legendary Boys From Indiana, have scheduled a benefit concert to assist the medical fund set up his needs. It will be held starting at 1:00 p.m. on August 9 at Turfway […]

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More from Rudy Fest 2015

Volume Five opened Thursday at Rudy Fest 2015 to an appreciative crowd. Their set was washed out by rain last year, but sunshine held for this year’s! Wildfire followed providing some memories of time spent with J.D. Crowe. Danny Davis joined Wildfire and son, Chris […]

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Mustered Courage Does Telluride Right

This is the first of several reports from Jen Hughes following the 2015 Telluride Bluegrass Festival. They may be from Down Under, but they sure can make an impression up at 8,750 feet. They mustered their courage and dove right into their first Telluride Bluegrass […]

Latest Reviews

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When I’m Free – Hot Rize

One of – if not the – most anticipated albums of the past year was the return of Hot Rize after twenty-odd years with When I’m Free. Since its release in late 2014, the group has embarked upon a popular tour and received a significant […]

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Lonesome Road – Evan Maynard

Alex Hibbitts’ Depression Lies Studio in Sevierville, TN is quickly becoming a go-to spot for up-and-coming bluegrass artists whose music leans toward the popular country-tinged modern traditional style. Recent solo projects by Matt Wallace, Cody Shuler, and Hibbitts himself were all recorded there, and the […]

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Songs Of Lost Yesterdays – Laura Orshaw

Laura Orshaw might be the busiest bluegrass fiddler in Boston, Massachusetts. The Pennsylvania native performs with five different bands in and around Beantown – including her own New Velvet Band – and seems to fill in from time to time with all the others. This […]

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Ocooch Mountain Home – The Yellow-Bellied Sapsuckers

Winning the award for unique traditional music band name of the month is Wisconsin-based duo The Yellow-Bellied Sapsuckers. Nikki Grossman and Joe Hart bill themselves as “a brand-new take on old-time country,” and their newest release, a twelve song (plus one bonus track) collection titled […]

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SteelDrivers Deliver, Again

When Chris Stapleton left the SteelDrivers a few years back, I was skeptical that the band could recapture the magic with someone else in front of the microphone. His let-it-all-hang-out style defined the band and made its recordings instantly recognizable. So let me say this […]

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Pickin’ A Part: Bryan Sutton in Telluride

| June 30, 2015 | 0 Comments

Bryan Sutton was born to play the guitar. When it came to a career, he never had a Plan B. Not needed. Clearly. Thursday was Bryan’s day at the 42nd Telluride Bluegrass Festival. He lit up the stage early evening as part of the legendary […]

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First two days at RudyFest 2015

| June 26, 2015 | 0 Comments

Rudyfest kicked off Tuesday night with a surprise road guest. Lorraine Jordan was passing thru Grayson, Kentucky and stopped in at the festival grounds. She rounded up the Carolina Road crew and opened the festival, featuring a number of tunes from her new project, Country […]

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Bluegrass at The Liberty Showcase

| June 25, 2015 | 0 Comments

Clinch Mountain Boys fiddler Dewey Brown and his wife, Leslie, have purchased a venue in Liberty, NC not far from their home in Burlington. It’s called The Liberty Showcase, and starting next month it will be showcasing bluegrass concerts amidst the country music shows already […]

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Adams County Banjo on Radio Velvet

| June 25, 2015 | 0 Comments

Radio Velvet, the 24/7 streaming bluegrass station based in the Slovak Republic, has announced a new show starring American banjo legend, Tom Adams. Adams County Banjo will air each Wednesday at www.radiovelvet.eu at noon (eastern US time), which is 6:00 p.m. Central European Time. A […]

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Audie Blaylock at Bean Blossom

| June 25, 2015 | 0 Comments

Here’s another of Betsy White’s videos from Bean Blossom 2015, this time of Audie Blaylock & Redline, where they perform Sorrows Falling All Around Me at ludicrous speed.

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