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Brandon Green to Chosen Road

Jonathan Bucker had several pieces of news about Chosen Road when we caught up recently. He and the band have a new album, Love’s Purest Light, released this Summer on Poor Mountain Records. It’s their first studio project in three years, featuring a set of both […]

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Now The Summer’s Gone from Mullins and the Ramblers

Rebel Records has released a second single from the upcoming Joe Mullins & the Radio Ramblers CD, Another Day From Life. This one is Now The Summer’s Gone, written by Barkley Davis, a young bluegrass writer from Indiana with a pedigree. His dad, Marvin, has […]

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Kyle Murphy to Jeff Brown

Kyle Murphy has been announced as the new fiddler with Jeff Brown & Still Lonesome. He’s a native Californian who grew up playing both fiddle and mandolin with his dad and sister in The Murphy Family Band. Murphy came east to study in the Bluegrass, Old […]

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9th annual IBMM Mandolin Camp in November

The International Bluegrass Music Museum will continue to host its annual mandolin camp at IBMM headquarters in Owensboro, KY under the direction of Mike Compton. Some confusion has arisen owing to Mike moving his Bill Monroe mandolin camp to Nashville, which had previously been held at […]

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Darrell Webb steps away from Sideline

There’s a truism in the music world that no part time band ever stays that way for long. Even if all the members agree that the effort will take a back seat to careers or family, if the music is good, demands to go full time […]

Bluegrass At Large

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Phil Leadbetter health update

All of bluegrass rejoiced with the news that Phil Leadbetter, celebrated reso-guitarist, had defeated his cancer after a successful stem cell transplant two years ago. And we were all crestfallen when he announced in June of this year that the cancer, Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, had returned. We […]

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Del McCoury to receive Berklee honor

The Berklee College of Music is set to honor Del McCoury with an American Roots Master award when he performs with his band in Boston on September 12. Despite having been founded in 1945 for the study of jazz music, a new popular style at the […]

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Congratulations Steven and Christi Dowdy

Earlier this month, Steven Dowdy, guitarist and vocalist with The Bluegrass Brothers, was married to Christi Bryant. He shared this brief description of their big day. “Christi and I joined hands in marriage on August 11. We had been childhood sweethearts, and have known each […]

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Take in Wide Open Bluegrass 2014 – free of charge!

If you missed the inaugural year for World of Bluegrass in Raleigh last year, you missed perhaps the best debut for a new host city of any recurring event I have been involved with. The city planners and tourism agencies in Raleigh went above and beyond, […]

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Anchors Aweigh for Danny Stewart

Danny Stewart has been around bluegrass all his life. His dad, also Danny Stewart, and his granddad are bluegrass pickers, and young Mr. Stewart studied the music in the Bluegrass, Old Time & Country Music program at East Tennessee State University. While also serving as bass […]

Bluegrass in the Media

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The Guitar Player’s Guide to Developing Creative Solos

Flatpicking Guitar Magazine has published a comprehensive manual on developing solos for acoustic guitar. Written by FGM publisher Dan Miller, The Guitar Player’s Guide to Developing Creative Solos runs to 260 pages and includes a pair of audio CDs covering what the author describes as three […]

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Blue Is Falling video from Hot Rize

Hot Rize has created a music video for the debut single from their upcoming album, When I’m Free, their first in 24 years. This video for Blue Is Falling was shot in Boulder, CO at a benefit concert for victims of the terrible flooding in Colorado last […]

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Far Western to document Japanese bluegrass

The passion that many Japanese people have for bluegrass and country music was a shocker for filmmaker James Payne when he first experienced it in 2007. He was traveling with US Americana act Horseshoe Road for a live concert video, and was amazed to see the locals come […]

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Behind The Mic with Rusty Cempre

If you’re looking for DJ Rusty Cempre during the week, you’ll probably not find him on the air, or even in the studio. Most likely, he’ll be under the hood of a Hyundai at the dealership in Charlottesville, Virginia where he works. Like many bluegrass […]

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Darin & Brooke – Get Up John

Darin & Brooke Aldridge have offered up a sneak peek from their next recording, a driving version of the old time favorite, Get Up John, with cross tuned mandolin from studio guest, Sam Bush, in the Monroe style.   Though no date has been given, […]

Latest Events News

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Bluegrass Weather Report – 8/27/14

Here’s our Special Bluegrass Correspondent with this week’s Bluegrass Weather Report, looking into Kentucky’s Bluegrass & Bourbon Experience.  

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One final batch from Gettysburg, August 2014

And here’s the final gallery of Frank Baker’s photos from the August 2014 Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival.  

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Still more from Gettysburg, August 2014

Frank Baker sent a ton of stage images from the August 2014 Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival. Here is gallery #3 of 4.    

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More from Gettysburg, August 2014

Here’s a second batch of images from Frank Baker taken at last weekend’s Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival.

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Gettysburg August 2014

Frank Baker was on hand once again for the Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival this past weekend. We’ll share his images over the next few days.

Latest Reviews

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The Meyerband

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before… A talented group of siblings dedicate their youth to bluegrass music and attract attention for their skill and depth of understanding while still in their teens. Meyerband, previously know as Meyer Bluegrass Band, has released a debut […]

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Wanderlust – The Davidson Brothers

While they generate headlines in their native Australia, The Davidson Brothers aren’t nearly as well known in the US, something they hope to remedy with their showcase appearances at the 2014 World of Bluegrass convention coming up next month. And with their latest album, Wanderlust, […]

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Album of the Week #37: The Boys From Indiana’s Atlanta Is Burning

Few bluegrass acts have dominated the Midwest, primarily the OKI (Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana) region, as The Boys From Indiana did in the late seventies. Known for their lively stage shows and strong original songs, The Boys From Indiana were one of the top festival acts […]

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5 String Flamethrower – Rob McCoury

What a golden age we’re in for banjo recordings! After years of anticipation, it’s Rob McCoury of the Del McCoury Band, joining recent wonderful banjo recordings by the Foggy Mountain Special Earl Scruggs Tribute team, Charlie Cushman, Noam Pikelny and others. I’ve known Rob since […]

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Carolina Memories – Gentlemen of Bluegrass

In bluegrass music, we have a King and a Queen, a Father and Daughters. What’s next? Gentlemen, perhaps. Recently making their debut on Pinecastle Records are the Gentlemen of Bluegrass, a North Carolina-based group with a strong, smooth traditional sound. Their new album, Carolina Memories, […]

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Ron Murphy passes

| August 25, 2014 | 0 Comments

Ron Murphy, whose rock-solid bass playing anchored the Cincinnati-area band Muddy River for many years, died this morning, one day short of his 67th birthday.Ron’s kidneys failed in June and he was diagnosed with melanoma. Despite treatment, the cancer spread and he recently entered hospice […]

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Greg Corbett passes

| August 24, 2014 | 0 Comments

Greg Corbett, North Carolina banjo player, died yesterday (August 24). He was 41 years old, set to turn 42 this next week. Not much information has been released about his passing. Greg died in his sleep Saturday morning, of a suspected heart attack. In the 1990s, […]

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Band Sessions – new workshop concept

| August 21, 2014 | 0 Comments

If you play or study one or more of the common bluegrass instruments, chances are you’ve attended a workshop or music camp weekend. Some are based around a single instrument, while others offer instruction on several over the course of a few days. Typically the faculty is […]

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Blue Moon Rising reunion shows

| August 20, 2014 | 0 Comments

Blue Moon Rising, who had earned the reputation of the best kept secret in bluegrass for many years, is planning a set of reunion shows with original members in the latter part of 2014. Headed now by guitarist Chris West, and touring with new members, Blue […]

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New look for Larry Stephenson Band

| August 20, 2014 | 0 Comments

Larry Stephenson is gearing up for a busy September, closing out with a bang at the IBMA World of Bluegrass convention and Wide Open Bluegrass festival in Raleigh, NC. Serious Larry Stephenson Band fans will notice a new face in the lineup, and the return […]

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