• Po’ Ramblin’ Boys from Hoogstaaten to Spanbroek

    The Po’ Ramblin’ Boys are bringing their hard driving brand of old school bluegrass to western Europe, and have promised to send us updates along the way. Here’s their fourth installment, from mandolinist C.J. Lewandowski, covering their trip from Hoogstaaten, Belgium to Spanbroek in Holland. Jan was up early to […]

    Po’ Ramblin’ Boys from Hoogstaaten to Spanbroek
    | September 3, 2015 | 0 Comments
  • Be a part of Béla and Abby’s banjo mosaic

    How would you like to have a photo of yourself and your banjo hanging in the home of Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn? Well the two banjo mavens have put out a call for just that, so that they can assemble a mosaic from the […]

    Be a part of Béla and Abby’s banjo mosaic
    | September 3, 2015 | 0 Comments
  • End of the road for Mountain Faith

    Sad news tonight for bluegrass fans. Mountain Faith Band failed to make it through to the final round on America’s Got Talent. It was a good ride, but the voters didn’t choose them to continue on. We’re still mighty proud of this spunky bunch from […]

    End of the road for Mountain Faith
    | September 2, 2015 | 0 Comments
  • Laurie video from Chris Jones

    In case you haven’t had a sufficient Chris Jones fix today, here’s the new music video he has just released along with his trusty Night Drivers. It’s for Laurie, the opening track from their latest album, Run Away Tonight, available now from Mountain Home Records. […]

    Laurie video from Chris Jones
    | September 2, 2015 | 0 Comments
  • IBMA vs. Bluegrass Gospel?

    Is there a bias against bluegrass Gospel music at the IBMA’s World of Bluegrass convention? Are Gospel groups effectively blackballed as potential invited showcase artists? I have personally been aware for many years that there is a subset of the bluegrass world that does not […]

    IBMA vs. Bluegrass Gospel?
    | September 2, 2015 | 0 Comments

Latest Bluegrass Music News

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Rebel announces Traditional Grass retrospective

September 18 has been given as the release date for The Blue Are Still The Blues, a 15-song retrospective CD from Rebel Records taken from the four albums recorded for the label by The Traditional Grass in the 1990s. The highly influential group featured the father/son […]

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Jack Grant back to Detour

With Jeremy Darrow moving to Front Country, Detour has welcomed a previous band member back to the fold. Jack Grant, who followed original Detour bassist Zak Bunce into the group, has rejoined the band. Jack lives in Grand Rapids, MI, close to the rest of Detour. […]

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Urban Monroes drop William’s Still Alive

Not every bluegrass song has a deep meaning, nor a longstanding historical reference. But with William’s Still Alive, the new single from Portland’s Urban Monroes, we get both. Written by the Monroes’ Fran Kent, the song describes her discovery of a document from 1865 that marks her great-great-great-grandfather’s […]

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Jeremy Darrow to Front Country

Front Country has recently brought Jeremy Darrow on board as the band’s new bassist. He takes the spot vacated by Zach Sharpe who left as the band transitioned to a full-time touring group. Darrow received his musical training at the College of the Arts in Philadelphia. […]

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Ryan Cavanaugh to Jeff Austin Band

The Jeff Austin Band has announced that Ryan Cavanaugh has joined the group on banjo, taking the spot recently vacated by Danny Barnes. This has been Jeff’s performing vehicle since he left Yonder Mountain String Band in 2013. Cavanaugh joins Austin on mandolin, Ross Martin on guitar […]

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Be a part of Béla and Abby’s banjo mosaic

How would you like to have a photo of yourself and your banjo hanging in the home of Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn? Well the two banjo mavens have put out a call for just that, so that they can assemble a mosaic from the […]

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Announcing the Scott Street Banjo Finals

Young banjo players in Virginia are invited to submit entries for the inaugural edition of The Scott Street Five String Finals, a competition created in honor of the late Scott Street, a distinguished Virginia attorney and banjo loyalist who died from a rare cancer in […]

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Video documentary of successful Guinness Record attempt

The US mandolin world rejoiced on August 4 when a group of 491 mandolinists assembled at the Old Fiddlers Convention in Galax, VA to re-establish the Guinness World Record for largest mandolin ensemble. Organizer Tara Linhardt is still awaiting final confirmation from Guinness that they […]

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Congratulations Jimmy and Mikaela

More joyous bluegrass nuptials to announce, this time from Sweden. Jimmy Sunnebrandt, bass player with G2 Bluegrass Band, was married on August 22 to Mikaela Eriksson. She is also a musician and a bass player, which is precisely how the pair met. Both are multi-instrumentalists and lovers […]

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Jason Burleson model banjo from Prucha

Jaroslav Prucha has introduced a new artist signature model to his line of professional grade bluegrass instruments, made in the Czech Republic. This one is for banjo player Jason Burleson of Blue Highway, and has his signature engraved in an inlay block at the 19th fret. It’s […]

Bluegrass in the Media

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End of the road for Mountain Faith

Sad news tonight for bluegrass fans. Mountain Faith Band failed to make it through to the final round on America’s Got Talent. It was a good ride, but the voters didn’t choose them to continue on. We’re still mighty proud of this spunky bunch from […]

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Laurie video from Chris Jones

In case you haven’t had a sufficient Chris Jones fix today, here’s the new music video he has just released along with his trusty Night Drivers. It’s for Laurie, the opening track from their latest album, Run Away Tonight, available now from Mountain Home Records. […]

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IBMA vs. Bluegrass Gospel?

Is there a bias against bluegrass Gospel music at the IBMA’s World of Bluegrass convention? Are Gospel groups effectively blackballed as potential invited showcase artists? I have personally been aware for many years that there is a subset of the bluegrass world that does not […]

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Judges turn on Mountain Faith

Tonight on America’s Got Talent, the celebrity judges seemed to turn on Mountain Faith following their spirited rendition of Can’t Feel My Face by Canadian R&B singer Abel Tesfaye, who bills himself as The Weekend. The producers had created a down home, fall-oriented set for the band this […]

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Mountain Faith hits it again tonight on AGT

All of bluegrass music has been following Mountain Faith Band as they have navigated the pitfalls of America’s Got Talent on NBC this summer. So far, they have won over the judges and the audience voters, and will appear tonight (9/1) in the semi-finals. Only 21 […]

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Po’ Ramblin’ Boys from Hoogstaaten to Spanbroek

The Po’ Ramblin’ Boys are bringing their hard driving brand of old school bluegrass to western Europe, and have promised to send us updates along the way. Here’s their fourth installment, from mandolinist C.J. Lewandowski, covering their trip from Hoogstaaten, Belgium to Spanbroek in Holland. Jan was up early to […]

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Flight of the Galax bumblebee

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to soar above the crowd at a major festival, looking down on all the pickers, fans, and attendees below? Well thanks to David Locklear and his trusty drone camera, now you can – at least on screen. […]

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Po’ Ramblin’ Boys from Burkenreid to Hoogstaaten

The Po’ Ramblin’ Boys are bringing their hard driving brand of old school bluegrass to western Europe, and have promised to send us updates along the way. Here’s their third installment, from mandolinist C.J. Lewandowski, covering their trip from Burkenreid, Germany to Hoogstaaten in Belgium. The 7 hour drive was […]

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Po’ Ramblin’ Boys head to Burkenreid

The Po’ Ramblin’ Boys are bringing their hard driving brand of old school bluegrass to western Europe, and have promised to send us updates along the way. Here’s their second installment, from mandolinist C.J. Lewandowski, covering their trip to Ulm and Burkenreid for a festival performance. The first night of sleep […]

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Po’ Ramblin’ Boys in Germany

The Po’ Ramblin’ Boys are bringing their hard driving brand of old school bluegrass to western Europe, and have promised to send us updates along the way. Here’s their first installment, from mandolinist C.J. Lewandowski, covering their departure on August 26 and their first day on the […]

Latest Reviews

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Mac Wiseman – All My Memories Fit for Print

I just picked up this wonderful, DENSELY PACKED bio of Mac Wiseman, All My Memories Fit for Print, from County Sales. It’s just riveting if you’re into the history of bluegrass and country music, radio, recording, promoting, the music “biz,” and the sharp memories of Mac Wiseman’s […]

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David Peterson and The Lindsey Family – two sides of bluegrass Gospel

Two new albums that came in recently cover the wide range of current bluegrass Gospel music so perfectly, that it seems appropriate to review them together. The first comes from David Peterson, whose Old Time Power serves as a classic representation of the way Gospel bluegrass […]

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Brown County Bluegrass Festival celebrates 25th anniversary

This coverage of the Brown County Fest is a contribution from Artie Werner, bass player/booking agent for The Missy Werner Band, and husband of The Missy Werner. Festival promoter Don Morgan, along with son Rob, achieved a milestone this past weekend as they celebrated the […]

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The Gibson Brothers Pick It True for WAMU

How do you go to an event like that and not just want to give everything you own to WAMU Bluegrass Country? The Gibson Brothers played their hearts out a couple weeks back at the hip, new D.C. area venue, AMP, for a WAMU Bluegrass […]

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Thursday at Gettysburg

Whether it’s generals Robert E. Lee and George G. Meade or the musicians at the Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival, this resort village in the rolling hills of southern Pennsylvania will always be a place where the North meets the South. The stage was set Thursday, August […]

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Virtual reality, songwriter edition

| September 2, 2015 | 0 Comments

I never thought I’d find myself discussing video games in this space; I’m really more of a pinball guy, which I like to think of as an acoustic video game that you can set a drink on. Still, there’s been a development in this world […]

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Crowe, Lawson, Williams video from Bean Blosom

| September 1, 2015 | 0 Comments

Betsy White shared another of her videos from the 2015 Bean Blossom festival, this time of the legends show from J.D. Crowe, Doyle Lawson, and Paul Williams. It finds them performing Once A Day, written by Bill Anderson, and a monster hit for Connie Smith […]

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Coming Back Home To You from LRB

| August 28, 2015 | 0 Comments

Mountain Home Music has released a compilation album for Lonesome River Band, containing 12 tracks from the band’s prior projects for the label, which are no longer available on CD. LRB’s Sammy Shelor chose the tracks for Coming Back Home To You along with the current […]

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Banjostand coming back to World of Bluegrass

| August 28, 2015 | 0 Comments

One of the most talked-about aspects of the 2014 World of Bluegrass week in Raleigh was the temporary art exhibit, Banjostand, designed by Bland Hoke. It was constructed on site surrounding the iconic statue of Sir Walter Raleigh by Bruno Lucchesi. We noticed it right away […]

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Montage video from Brian Godchaux & Sandy Rothman

| August 28, 2015 | 0 Comments

Brian Godchaux & Sandy Rothman have released a new video, created by Dutch mandolinist and photographer Theo Van Trier, using audio from one of the tunes on Brian and Sandy’s new album of banjo/fiddle duets, The Red Fiddle & The Silver Banjo, against a montage of lovely photos. The […]

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