• Orthophonic Joy contest winners announced

    The Birthplace of Country Music announced today that Corbin Hayslett was the winner of the video contest to be included on the upcoming Orthophonic Joy album project. The record will recreate songs from the 1927 Bristol Sessions, when Ralph Peer tracked a number of traditional and country music […]

    Orthophonic Joy contest winners announced
    | July 25, 2014 | 0 Comments
  • Sam Moore on George Jones

    Getting to meet your heroes can be a mixed bag. If you’re lucky enough to do so, there is always the risk that they won’t live up to your expectations, or even be rude when you approach. Of course, there is also the chance of […]

    Sam Moore on George Jones
    | July 25, 2014 | 0 Comments
  • Stiles of Bluegrass replaces Lonesome Pine RFD on WAMU

    When longtime radio host Carol Beaugard announced recently that she would be signing off from her Lonesome Pine RFD program on WFDU-FM in the New York City market, it also affected the schedule at WAMU’s Bluegrass Country, which streams bluegrass 24/7 online. Bluegrass Country had been replaying […]

    Stiles of Bluegrass replaces Lonesome Pine RFD on WAMU
    | July 25, 2014 | 0 Comments
  • Marshall Bluegrass Festival photos

    The Thursday crowd at the Marshall Bluegrass Festival held in Marshall, Michigan at the Calhoun County Fairgrounds was greeted by the promoter and host band member, Jeremie Cole. The first band up was a local group, Breakline, that included host band member, Kurt Hickman, and […]

    Marshall Bluegrass Festival photos
    | July 25, 2014 | 0 Comments
  • Behind The Mic with Bob Mitchell

    Kentucky is well known as the home of bourbon, bluegrass, and Bill Monroe. It’s also the home of Bob Mitchell, host of the Best of Bluegrass radio show. Mitchell, a resident of Louisville, is a lifelong bluegrass fan who translated his love of the music […]

    Behind The Mic with Bob Mitchell
    | July 24, 2014 | 0 Comments

Latest Bluegrass Music News

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Orthophonic Joy contest winners announced

The Birthplace of Country Music announced today that Corbin Hayslett was the winner of the video contest to be included on the upcoming Orthophonic Joy album project. The record will recreate songs from the 1927 Bristol Sessions, when Ralph Peer tracked a number of traditional and country music […]

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Sam Moore on George Jones

Getting to meet your heroes can be a mixed bag. If you’re lucky enough to do so, there is always the risk that they won’t live up to your expectations, or even be rude when you approach. Of course, there is also the chance of […]

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Mountain Songs from Shawn Lane

Mountain Songs, the upcoming solo project from Blue Highway’s Shawn Lane, is set for release on August 20. Shawn says that he recorded this one with several members of his talented family, names that may not be familiar to bluegrass fans. But you’ll surely recognize these […]

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Home Again released by Wildfire

This is a big month for Wildfire. They’ve released a new single, signed with a new booking agency, and are looking forward to the release of their first album since 2010 early next year. Let’s take those in turn, shall we? The single is I Want to Go […]

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Live album coming from Town Mountain

Town Mountain has always been known as a band that is best experienced live. That’s not a knock on their three fine studio albums, just a recognition from their fans that it’s a show that needs to be seen as well as heard. So it’s […]

Bluegrass At Large

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Bill Jenkins to be honored by Virginia Musical Museum

The Virginia Musical Museum in Williamsburg is set to induct bluegrass and traditional music artist Bill Jenkins into their Hall of Fame this year. A ceremony is scheduled for August 9 at the American Theatre in Hampton, VA. Bill will be recognized for this honor, followed […]

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Another honor for Dr. Ralph

Ralph Stanley has picked up another honor to go with his many others. On top of a pair of honorary doctorates, including one this Spring from Yale University, and honors from the National Endowment for the Arts, Dr. Ralph can now add a fellowship with […]

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Huber announces the Workhorse Banjo

Huber Banjos has been known for building prewar replica banjos of the highest quality, for the most discriminating players. But their newest model, dubbed The Workhorse, sets a different goal. Officially introduced this week, their latest entry is designed to offer the quality workmanship that has been […]

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Band Aid video contest goes bluegrass

When you scrape a knee or cut your finger, do you think bluegrass? Well that’s what Mary Eddy of Parkersburg, WV did when she learned that Band Aid was running a video contest. She grabbed up her bluegrass picking songs, Jake and Carter, and following […]

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Jesse McReynolds 85th Birthday Roast

To celebrate Jesse McReynolds’ 85th birthday earlier this month, family, friends and neighbors of the bluegrass mandolin legend got together at Jesse’s home outside of Nashville for a birthday tribute in the form of a celebrity roast. Popular radio host Harv Mason served as the roastmaster, with stories […]

Bluegrass in the Media

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Orthophonic Joy contest winners announced

The Birthplace of Country Music announced today that Corbin Hayslett was the winner of the video contest to be included on the upcoming Orthophonic Joy album project. The record will recreate songs from the 1927 Bristol Sessions, when Ralph Peer tracked a number of traditional and country music […]

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Stiles of Bluegrass replaces Lonesome Pine RFD on WAMU

When longtime radio host Carol Beaugard announced recently that she would be signing off from her Lonesome Pine RFD program on WFDU-FM in the New York City market, it also affected the schedule at WAMU’s Bluegrass Country, which streams bluegrass 24/7 online. Bluegrass Country had been replaying […]

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Behind The Mic with Bob Mitchell

Kentucky is well known as the home of bourbon, bluegrass, and Bill Monroe. It’s also the home of Bob Mitchell, host of the Best of Bluegrass radio show. Mitchell, a resident of Louisville, is a lifelong bluegrass fan who translated his love of the music […]

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Almost Hear The Blues video from James Reams

When James Reams decided it was time for him to create a music video, he chose the song Almost Hear The Blues from his 2011 album, One Foot in the Honky Tonk. James has picked up a lot of expertise in the world of film […]

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Live album coming from Town Mountain

Town Mountain has always been known as a band that is best experienced live. That’s not a knock on their three fine studio albums, just a recognition from their fans that it’s a show that needs to be seen as well as heard. So it’s […]

Latest Events News

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Marshall Bluegrass Festival photos

The Thursday crowd at the Marshall Bluegrass Festival held in Marshall, Michigan at the Calhoun County Fairgrounds was greeted by the promoter and host band member, Jeremie Cole. The first band up was a local group, Breakline, that included host band member, Kurt Hickman, and […]

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Della Mae in Brazil

While much of the world’s attention was focused on Brazil earlier this month, Della Mae was touring the country spreading the bluegrass message on behalf of the US government. Mandolinist Jenni Lyn Gardner sent this brief report on their activities. In the midst of the […]

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Bluegrass Weather Report – 7/22/14

Here’s our Special Bluegrass Correspondent with the Bluegrass Weather Report for this week, looking at the RockyGrass festival in Lyons, CO.  

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US release for Mustered Courage

We’ve posted a number of videos from Australia’s Mustered Courage, another group that uses the familiar bluegrass instrumentation to perform and record original music drawn from outside the old time or bluegrass tradition. It’s a very appealing sound that has won them a great many fans Down Under. […]

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Bluegrass on the Grass 2014

Frank Baker has shared this gallery of photos he took at Bluegrass on the Grass, held on the campus of Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania this past weekend.  

Latest Reviews

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On Down The Line – Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper

Few musicians garner the universal respect of Michael Cleveland. A child prodigy, Michael won the hearts of the entire bluegrass industry in 1993 as a member of the IBMA Youth All-Stars. Since that time, he has gone on to perform and record with nearly everyone in the […]

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Pre War Dobros examined in new book

As is true for most students of the bluegrass instruments, resonator guitarists are especially enamored of the instruments made just prior to the US entry into WWII. In the late 1930s and early ’40s, almost all of the reso-guitars were being made by a pair of […]

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Country Livin’ – The Easy Ramblers

As much as the popular media might want us to, all bluegrass fans don’t live in an old homeplace in the Blue Ridge Mountains. However, that doesn’t mean that those images don’t stay popular in this style of music. Some of the best bluegrass songs […]

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Flatt Lonesome, Too

The bluegrass world was turned on its ears last January following the debut album of a bunch of young people from Florida. Flatt Lonesome won SPBGMA’s band competition in 2012,  and nabbed a nomination for IBMA’s Emerging Artist of the Year in 2013, an impressive feat […]

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Rachel Burge & Blue Dawning

West Virginia singer, songwriter, and mandolinist, Rachel Burge, first came to our attention as a member of No One You Know, a bluegrass group formerly based in the Mountaineer State. Their clever band name served them well in generating curiosity, one that may have been based on the […]

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Band photos – don’t do it!

| July 23, 2014 | 0 Comments

Chris Jones has found himself stuck in a whirlwind this week, and has offered this re-run of one of his first columns for our enjoyment. Quite some time ago (I think it was just after the breakup of Flatt & Scruggs and the Beatles) I […]

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The making of Too video from Flatt Lonesome

| July 22, 2014 | 0 Comments

Mountain Home Music has released a video to help introduce bluegrass fans to Flatt Lonesome and their newly-released album, Too. It involves a group discussion with the band, and some clips of them in the studio laying it down. As they explain in the video, […]

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Earls of Leicester in September

| July 21, 2014 | 0 Comments

Jerry Douglas’ next project is something of a departure for him. Typically a decidedly forward-loooking artist focused on new music, the Dobro master is turning his gaze back to the 1950s for The Earls of Leicester, a Flatt & Scruggs tribute project he has organized with […]

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Old River from Nightflyer

| July 18, 2014 | 0 Comments

Nightflyer has released a debut single from their upcoming album, Rail River & Road. It’s their version of Hazel Dickens’ Old River, sung by banjo picker Ronnie Stewart, with guitarist Richard Propps taking the tenor. It’s a real vocal showpiece, certain to tickle the fancy of anyone […]

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Twilight Zone video from Stringcaster

| July 18, 2014 | 0 Comments

Stringcaster is a Dutch band that was formed to celebrate a variety of American music, including blues, rockabilly, country and bluegrass. They’re a rowdy bunch, featuring Ralf Wychge on mandolin, banjo, lead vocals and harmonica, Jimmy Ellis on fiddle and mandolin, Robert van Driesten on harmonica and banjo, Martin Voogd […]

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