• Tony Rice model from Elliott Capos

    A new limited-edition, hand-crafted Tony Rice signature guitar capo from Elliott Capos is now available. Made from hand polished stainless steel, they are offered in four widths, and each has Tony’s signature engraved along one of the arms. Only 1951 will be created, a tribute to […]

    Tony Rice model from Elliott Capos
    | October 20, 2014 | 0 Comments
  • Peghead Nation hits its stride

    Online learning has become the most recent revolution in the education world. Over the past few years it is possible to obtain a college degree studying on your computer, and home school families have embraced cyber classrooms to bring expertise in more advanced subject matter to […]

    Peghead Nation hits its stride
    | October 20, 2014 | 0 Comments
  • Sarah Harris talks Trinity River Band

    During IBMA week, Daniels Mullins had a nice chat with Sarah Harris about her family group, Trinity River Band, and their new Christmas album, On A Morning Like This.  

    Sarah Harris talks Trinity River Band
    | October 20, 2014 | 0 Comments
  • Shelby Means departs Della Mae

    Shelby Means, who has been playing bass with Della Mae this past two and a half years, has announced this weekend that she will be leaving the group. She will accompany the Dellas on their upcoming State Department tour as her final hurrah. Her absence […]

    Shelby Means departs Della Mae
    | October 19, 2014 | 0 Comments
  • Paul Craft passes

    Nashville songwriter Paul Craft, who had a brief career in bluegrass, died this morning after being ill the past few weeks. Craft had been hospitalized just hours after being inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame on October 5. He was 76 years old. As […]

    Paul Craft passes
    | October 18, 2014 | 0 Comments

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Peghead Nation hits its stride

Online learning has become the most recent revolution in the education world. Over the past few years it is possible to obtain a college degree studying on your computer, and home school families have embraced cyber classrooms to bring expertise in more advanced subject matter to […]

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Shelby Means departs Della Mae

Shelby Means, who has been playing bass with Della Mae this past two and a half years, has announced this weekend that she will be leaving the group. She will accompany the Dellas on their upcoming State Department tour as her final hurrah. Her absence […]

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Paul Craft passes

Nashville songwriter Paul Craft, who had a brief career in bluegrass, died this morning after being ill the past few weeks. Craft had been hospitalized just hours after being inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame on October 5. He was 76 years old. As […]

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Norman Wilson passes

Norman Wilson, mandolinist and tenor vocalist with Primitive Quartet, died yesterday while hunting with friends in North Carolina. It is presumed that he had a heart attack, and he died in the woods. He was 70 years old. On October 15 at roughly 2:30 p.m., Norman […]

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Glenn Gibson says goodbye to Flamekeeper

Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper have announced that Glenn Gibson, who has played banjo with the band this past three years, is leaving the group. He will do his last show tonight at the Festival of the Riverboats in Louisville, KY. In addition to be being a […]

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Tony Rice model from Elliott Capos

A new limited-edition, hand-crafted Tony Rice signature guitar capo from Elliott Capos is now available. Made from hand polished stainless steel, they are offered in four widths, and each has Tony’s signature engraved along one of the arms. Only 1951 will be created, a tribute to […]

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Thalia Capos coming soon

How many times have you thought up an idea for a “better mousetrap,” envisioning a new product or a product enhancement that might find a niche in the marketplace? Perhaps you were out fishing when a design for a better lure popped up… or working in […]

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Custom Bourgeois guitar auctioned to benefit Tony Rice

We have written many times about the difficulties Tony Rice has experienced of late, particularly the health issues that have made it impossible for him to perform. Owing to advanced arthritis, Tony is no longer able to play the guitar without severe pain, leaving one of […]

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Stringbean’s killer paroled in Tennesee

Though parole had been consistently denied for 40 years, today John A. Brown, convicted in the 1973 murder of Dave “Stringbean” Akeman and his wife Estelle, was granted parole and is set for release from the Tennessee prison system. His initial sentence had been for 198 […]

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Welcome Little Wren Livers

Wren Elise Livers, the first child of Nathan Livers, mandolinist with Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper and his wife Steffani, was born in the wee hours of this morning. She came in at 5 lbs 9 ozs, and 20 ” long, born at 1:31 a.m. Everyone is doing well. Welcome to […]

Bluegrass in the Media

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Sarah Harris talks Trinity River Band

During IBMA week, Daniels Mullins had a nice chat with Sarah Harris about her family group, Trinity River Band, and their new Christmas album, On A Morning Like This.  

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Larry Cordle talks All Star Duets

MightyCord Records has released a trio of videos from Larry Cordle where he discusses the first few tracks from his upcoming All Star Duets CD. In each, Larry talks about the genesis of the song, all ones he has written, and how he got it into the hands of the country […]

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Behind The Mic with Orin Friesen

For some DJs, radio is a casual weekend hobby. For others, it’s a career. For Midwest native Orin Friesen, who celebrates his fiftieth year in radio this month, it’s been a lifelong passion. “I can’t remember when I wasn’t interested in radio,” he says. It […]

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Cardwell Out as IBMA Executive Director

Nancy Cardwell, who oversaw the move of IBMA’s World of Bluegrass conference and festival from Nashville to Raleigh and was executive director as the organization returned to solid financial footing after multiple years of red ink, is being replaced. IBMA Chair Jon Weisberger called her […]

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Behind The Mic with Steve Fisher

It’s well known that some folks have a pretty tight opinion on what can be classified as bluegrass music. If it has drums, it’s out. If it has resonator guitar, it’s out. If the band isn’t wearing suits and ties, it’s out. If the song […]

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Sarah Harris talks Trinity River Band

During IBMA week, Daniels Mullins had a nice chat with Sarah Harris about her family group, Trinity River Band, and their new Christmas album, On A Morning Like This.  

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Mustered Courage at WOB

During World of Bluegrass at the start of October, we had a nice chat with two of the members of Mustered Courage, who were at the tail end of a lengthy US tour from their native Australia. These guys have an interesting approach, blending acoustic […]

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Junior Sisk interview at IBMA

We caught up with Junior Sisk at IBMA earlier this month to talk about his latest Rebel release, Trouble Follows Me. He also shared some information about new members of his road band, Ramblers Choice, and what they have planned for the rest of 2014 and […]

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Bluegrass Weather Report – 10/14/14

Here’s our Special Bluegrass Correspondent with this week’s Bluegrass Weather Report, looking at the Bloomin’ Bluegrass Festival and Chili Cookoff in Farmer’s Branch, TX.  

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Bluegrass in Georgia

We have had an interesting weekend of discovery regarding bluegrass in the great state of Georgia. Friday night we went to a local gem called the Woodbine Opry. They have bluegrass shows on Friday and country music shows on Saturday in the Woodbine community center. They […]

Latest Reviews

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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. […]

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Phil Leadbetter Makes The Next Move

Imagine turning 49 years old, being diagnosed with an advanced stage of cancer, and wondering if you’ll live long enough to start getting AARP pitches in the mail a year later. Imagine, as a professional musician, being told by your doctor that to save your […]

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The View – The Roys

On their last album, Gypsy Runaway Train, The Roys enlisted the help of two different bands. One half of the album featured seasoned bluegrass pros backing up the siblings on a set of originals, while the other included Lee and Elaine’s touring band picking some […]

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Mike Holmes leaves Music Camps North

| October 16, 2014 | 0 Comments

After 15 years at the helm, Mike Holmes has stepped down from the directorship of Music Camps North, who have hosted both Banjo Camp North and Mandolin & Fiddle Camp North in Massachusetts this past decade and a half. Hundreds of New England residents have […]

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So I said to Alison…

| October 15, 2014 | 0 Comments

I addressed the issue of name-dropping early on in the life of this column. Bela said he was pretty happy with it, so I felt no need to follow up. Dan and Suzanne had also given it their stamp of approval (as you may recall, […]

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Doyle Lawson at World of Bluegrass

| October 14, 2014 | 0 Comments

Just as things were wrapping up during the busy IBMA week in Raleigh earlier this month, Doyle Lawson stopped in to talk with David Morris about all things Quicksilver.  

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Final IBMA week photos

| October 13, 2014 | 0 Comments

Here’s a final batch of Todd Powers‘ images from the Wide Open Bluegrass festival in Raleigh, NC. Major thanks and a tip of the cap to Todd for his great work!  

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Lonesome Day launches Dry Lightning

| October 13, 2014 | 0 Comments

Randall Deaton and Lonesome Day Records have announced the launch of a new label imprint to be known as Dry Lightning Records. Its purpose is specifically to offer their non-bluegrass projects a separate brand identity in the market. At the same time, Deaton has announced […]

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