• Bluegrass Outlaws at SPBGMA

    Here’s a look at The Bluegrass Outlaws, the winners of the 2016 International Band Championship at last weekend’s National SPBGMA Convention in Nashville. The band is fronted by Becky Monk on bass with her husband Chris Monk on banjo, Wesley Wolfe on guitar, Evan Maynard on […]

    Bluegrass Outlaws at SPBGMA
    | February 11, 2016 | 0 Comments
  • Barry Abernathy working on first solo project

    Barry Abernathy might not be as prominent in the bluegrass world as he once was, but the noted banjo picker and vocalist has set to work this year to do something about that. The Georgia native spent most of his youth in the bluegrass world, […]

    Barry Abernathy working on first solo project
    | February 11, 2016 | 0 Comments
  • Mitchell Van Dyke leaves Ralph Stanley

    Mitchell Van Dyke, banjo player this past five years with Ralph Stanley & the Clinch Mountain Boys, has tendered his resignation. That follows on yesterday’s word from bass player Randall Hibbitts that he would be leaving the band as well. Though Stanley made his name […]

    Mitchell Van Dyke leaves Ralph Stanley
    | February 11, 2016 | 0 Comments
  • Going Through Carolina from Curtis Wright

    In the 1980s we all got excited when we got to hear bluegrass artists on country radio. Ricky Skaggs and Keith Whitley had made their way from Ralph Stanley to the Opry, and Jerry Douglas seemed to pop up on every other song that played. […]

    Going Through Carolina from Curtis Wright
    | February 10, 2016 | 0 Comments
  • Randall Hibbitts leaving Ralph Stanley

    Randall Hibbitts, who has been playing bass with Ralph Stanley & the Clinch Mountain Boys this past few years, has announced today that he is leaving that position. The southwest Virginia native says that he is going to work in event promotion, though it is […]

    Randall Hibbitts leaving Ralph Stanley
    | February 10, 2016 | 0 Comments

Latest Bluegrass Music News

abernathy_th

Barry Abernathy working on first solo project

Barry Abernathy might not be as prominent in the bluegrass world as he once was, but the noted banjo picker and vocalist has set to work this year to do something about that. The Georgia native spent most of his youth in the bluegrass world, […]

vandyke_th

Mitchell Van Dyke leaves Ralph Stanley

Mitchell Van Dyke, banjo player this past five years with Ralph Stanley & the Clinch Mountain Boys, has tendered his resignation. That follows on yesterday’s word from bass player Randall Hibbitts that he would be leaving the band as well. Though Stanley made his name […]

curtis_wright_th

Going Through Carolina from Curtis Wright

In the 1980s we all got excited when we got to hear bluegrass artists on country radio. Ricky Skaggs and Keith Whitley had made their way from Ralph Stanley to the Opry, and Jerry Douglas seemed to pop up on every other song that played. […]

hibbitts_th

Randall Hibbitts leaving Ralph Stanley

Randall Hibbitts, who has been playing bass with Ralph Stanley & the Clinch Mountain Boys this past few years, has announced today that he is leaving that position. The southwest Virginia native says that he is going to work in event promotion, though it is […]

dave_jack_th

Dave Clark passes

This remembrance of Dave Clark is a contribution from Sandy Rothman, long time Bay Area string musician and former Blue Grass Boy. David Clark: January 1, 1943–January 30, 2016 Soon after moving to Columbus, Ohio, from the San Francisco Bay Area in 1969 I met Dave […]

Bluegrass At Large

veritas_th

DR Strings introduce Veritas

DR Strings in Emerson, NJ has announced the introduction of a new line of strings for acoustic, flat top guitars. Their VERITAS strings are a hex-core, phosphor bronze string designed for long life without the need for coatings or surface treatment. DR has received a patent […]

mack_th

LeRoy Mack settles down 

LeRoy “Mack” McNees is well-known for playing dobro with the Country Boys (later the Kentucky Colonels), and for his appearances on the Andy Griffith Show. He is a favorite at the annual Mayberry Days reunions in Mount Airy, North Carolina. A devout Christian, he led […]

dobro_th

D60 reso-guitar missing from SPBGMA

It’s the worst nightmare for a picker. You borrow an instrument to take to a festival, and it turns up missing. Now you not only have no instrument, but have to face explaining the loss to a trusting friend. That’s the situation here in Nashville […]

sammy_key_th

Sammy Shelor gets key to the City of Martinsville

Sammy Shelor, banjoist extraordinaire and leader of the indomitable Lonesome River Band, was surprised last week when he was presented with the Key to the City of Martinsville, VA. Shelor was performing with some buddies of his at Mtn’ Jax Restaurant & Pub in Martinsville, […]

adkins_th

Dave Adkins named Eastman Guitar endorser

Bluegrass singer/songwriter Dave Adkins has been announced as the newest endorser for Eastman Guitars. Eastman is currently building one of their E20D Dreadnought guitars for Dave, which is expected to be presented to him in the next few weeks. Adkins says that he is proud to […]

Bluegrass in the Media

outlaws_spbgma_th

Bluegrass Outlaws at SPBGMA

Here’s a look at The Bluegrass Outlaws, the winners of the 2016 International Band Championship at last weekend’s National SPBGMA Convention in Nashville. The band is fronted by Becky Monk on bass with her husband Chris Monk on banjo, Wesley Wolfe on guitar, Evan Maynard on […]

sheppard_th

New video from Lorraine Jordan and T.G. Sheppard

Lorraine Jordan has dropped another music video from her current Country Grass project, this time featuring country hitmaker T.G. Sheppard singing with Lorraine and the boys. It’s a remake of Sheppard’s #1 song from 1980, Do You Wanna Go To Heaven, played with a bluegrass […]

omaha_th

Chris Thile predicts Broncos win with Omahallelujah

While hosting A Prairie Home Companion last Saturday, Chris Thile and Punch Brothers debuted a new song with help from Sarah Jarosz that seems to have predicted the Denver Broncos win in Sunday’s Super Bowl. Thile is well known as a sports fan, though most of […]

gents_th

Reminisce with Tom Gray on WAMU

Hey all you Country Gentlemen fans out there… Has Katy Daley got a deal for you! On her morning show tomorrow on WAMU’s Bluegrass Country, Katy will spend two hours with Tom Gray talking about his early days with The Country Gentlemen, starting in 1960. They […]

spbgma_th

2016 SPBGMA National Bluegrass Awards

Tonight’s 42nd annual SPBGMA Bluegrass Music Awards in Nashville didn’t come off completely without incident. About halfway through the show, MC Jeff Weaver from Rarely Herd took a tumble off the back of the stage, grabbing and pulling down several of the curtains in the […]

Latest Events News

skaggs_carson_th

SPBGMA 2016 notes

We had a blast this year at the SPBGMA National Convention in Nashville. As always, it’s great to re-connect with old friends and make new ones, with more high-quality music being played than you could ever hope to see in a day. Between the main […]

woodbine_th

Woodbine Opry in Georgia

While many in the bluegrass world were in Nashville taking in the events at SPBGMA, small local venues were continuing their shows. One such venue is the Woodbine Opry. The Woodbine Opry is located in Woodbine, Georgia north of Jacksonville, Florida. The Opry was started by Hoydt […]

cifersky_th

Cifersky and Kozak – February Mountain Tour 2016

Richard Cifersky and Ondra Kozak have shared this music video they produced to help promote their upcoming February Mountain Tour 2016 in central Europe. The two super pickers are among Europe’s best, and have performed in many of the top bluegrass bands over there. The duo (banjo/guitar) […]

noam_th

Noam Pikelny goes solo

Banjo wizard Noam Pikelny is taking leave of his Punch Brothers bandmates – for the next few weeks at least – to venture out on his first solo performance tour. And by solo, we mean solo; just him on stage – no band. Dates are […]

bbq_th

KSMU Youth in Bluegrass Band Contest May 28

It’s time again to get those applications ready for the annual KSMU Youth in Bluegrass Band Contest, held each year during the Bluegrass & BBQ festival at Silver Dollar City in Branson, MO. Restricted to young bluegrass groups 21 and under, this competition not only awards […]

Latest Reviews

faith_th

Mountain Faith at SPBGMA ’16

We had the chance to catch a set from Mountain Faith in their new stage configuration this past weekend at SPBGMA. It was a fast-paced, high-energy show that ran through a combination of the songs from their various albums, the grassified pop songs from their time […]

emerson_gospel_th

The Gospel Side of Bill Emerson & Sweet Dixie

As a follow-up to 2014’s well-received Dancin’ Annie, Bill Emerson & Sweet Dixie has released a compilation album of the group’s favorite Gospel tracks from their previous albums. The Gospel Side of Bill Emerson & Sweet Dixie pulls from the group’s three previous albums for […]

weighted_th

Weighted Mind – Sierra Hull

Can we really be talking about a major artistic shift by an established artist who is only 24 years old? I guess we can if the artist has been recording since she was 12, already has a pair of major label releases under her belt, […]

barnes_th

Got Myself Together (10 years later) – Danny Barnes

Texas-born, Seattle-based banjo pioneer Danny Barnes is coming off a good year. Being the sixth person to win the prestigious Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass award—along with its $50,000 —brings the name Danny Barnes up from his dedicated and nearly-cultish underground […]

grascals_live_th

And Then There’s This… The Grascals

It’s always interesting to see what will happen when new members enter a longstanding band that has previously had a relatively static lineup. Will they pick someone who sounds and plays just like the former member? Will they go in an entirely new direction? Or […]

Recent Bluegrass Today News

jones_th

You probably don’t care anyway…

| February 10, 2016 | 0 Comments

It’s time once again for our annual feature, The Most Boring Stories in Bluegrass. It’s a look back at the most uninteresting developments in our industry in the past year. This is published every year on whatever day I get around to it, but the […]

more
deer_creek_th

Deer Creek Boys to Mountain Fever

| February 8, 2016 | 0 Comments

Virginia’s Deer Creek Boys have been announced as the newest band to sign with Mountain Fever Records. The group had been recording at the Mountain Fever Studios in Willis, VA, and made the agreement with Mark Hodges and the label official during the SPBGMA convention […]

more
spbgma_th

2016 SPBGMA International Band Championships

| February 7, 2016 | 0 Comments

The results are in from the 2016 International Band Championships held during the annual SPBGMA National Convention in Nashville. Bands are invited to compete from all over the US for this prestigious competition that awards $10,000 in prizes to the top ten finishers. Bands compete in three […]

more
super_th

Rootin’ Tootin’ Cam Newton

| February 6, 2016 | 0 Comments

Here’s a video for all you bluegrass lovin’ football fans out there, guaranteed to ignite controversy among those planning to take in tomorrow’s Super Bowl contest. It comes from Maine bluegrass songwriter Stan Keach, showing his passion for the Carolina Panthers and their spirited quarterback, Cam […]

more
hogslop_th

John Henry video from Hogslop String Band

| February 5, 2016 | 0 Comments

We all know that bluegrass people can be compulsive, but when it comes to recreating things the traditional way, nothing beats old time musicians for their enthusiastic obsessions. Witness The Hogslop String Band, who had their current promotional photos created using tintype, where the subject is exposed onto to a […]

more