• An open letter to IBMA from Art Menius

    This commentary is a contribution from Art Menius, who has been involved with the International Bluegrass Music Association since its inception. He delivered it to the IBMA Board last week, prior to their official meeting on November 19, and has asked us to run it […]

    An open letter to IBMA from Art Menius
    | November 23, 2014 | 0 Comments
  • Ernie Evans’ cancer fight continues

    We reported last week on Ernie Evans undergoing surgery on November 17. A pair of tumorous growths were successfully removed, along with a kidney stone, but subsequent tests have revealed that the cancer remains. Ernie is a very popular performer in Florida, where he tours […]

    Ernie Evans’ cancer fight continues
    | November 23, 2014 | 0 Comments
  • Song of the Mountains mural in Marion

    The town of Marion, Virgina has become a familiar one to fans of bluegrass music based on the popularity of Song Of The Mountains, a live performance television show that airs on dozens of PBS affiliates across the US. Marion has been a strong supporter […]

    Song of the Mountains mural in Marion
    | November 21, 2014 | 0 Comments
  • What is going on with IBMA?

    Several readers have asked us on Facebook, in comments to our recent articles,  and in direct communications, to try and explain what has led to the current turmoil within the Board of Directors of the International Bluegrass Music Association. So here is, to the best of […]

    What is going on with IBMA?
    | November 21, 2014 | 0 Comments
  • Terry and Jan Lease retiring

    Since 1986, Terry Lease has been actively promoting bluegrass music in Illinois, and surrounding midwestern states. He and his wife, Jan, hosted their first Greater Downstate Indoor Bluegrass Festival in Springfield in November of ’86, and have run it annually this past 28 years. They […]

    Terry and Jan Lease retiring
    | November 21, 2014 | 0 Comments

Latest Bluegrass Music News

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John Dopyera passes

John Dopyera, Jr, son of the inventor of the Dobro guitar, John Sr, passed away on November 12. He was 85 years old. Though he wasn’t a performer, he had dedicated much of his life to helping promote the instrument his father had developed, and made […]

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Davidsons come up big in Aussie awards nominations

When the nominees were announced for the 2015 Australian Golden Guitar awards on Monday, there was great news for Aussie grassers The Davidson Brothers. Their names were called in four separate categories, including song awards for two tracks from their current Wanderlust CD. Wanderlust was nominated for […]

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Teri Chism to Circa Blue

West Virginia’s Circa Blue has announced that Teri Chism has joined the band on bass. She has been a fixture in the DC-area bluegrass scene for many years, working with Patent Pending and Cliff Waldron & the New Shades of Grass. Upon Cliff’s retirement, Teri […]

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Mountain Heart is back for 2015 – and beyond

After dropping into apparent obscurity this year, and announcing the departure of founding member Jim VanCleve and bass player Jason Moore, Mountain Heart has indicated today that they are back with a renewed focus, and a new album in 2015. Van Cleve is returning on fiddle […]

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Stevens Family retires from touring

The Stevens Family bluegrass band from West Virginia has reached that point which signals the end of their touring career. Like so many other like family groups, it is the point where the younger members are ready to pursue career goals that conflict with a family […]

Bluegrass At Large

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Ernie Evans’ cancer fight continues

We reported last week on Ernie Evans undergoing surgery on November 17. A pair of tumorous growths were successfully removed, along with a kidney stone, but subsequent tests have revealed that the cancer remains. Ernie is a very popular performer in Florida, where he tours […]

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Song of the Mountains mural in Marion

The town of Marion, Virgina has become a familiar one to fans of bluegrass music based on the popularity of Song Of The Mountains, a live performance television show that airs on dozens of PBS affiliates across the US. Marion has been a strong supporter […]

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A Quiz – Who Am I?

How well do you know your bluegrass, both contemporary and historic? Check your knowledge of trivia with the questions below. I played with the Lost and Found, the Larry Stephenson Band and the Lonesome River Band before joining Lou Reid and Carolina. Who am I? […]

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Ernie Evans goes under the knife

Ernie Evans, popular Florida performer and festival promoter, is the latest in our bluegrass family to suffer from cancer. Yesterday morning he underwent surgery to remove a pair of tumors that were found in his bladder. It appears that the surgery went well, and Ernie’s […]

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Health Insurance Sign Up Time

David Moultrop, who has worked with the IBMA Wellness Committee for several years and is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker near Boston, asked us to share this reminder for bluegrass artists about the new health care law which requires US citizens to be enrolled in […]

Bluegrass in the Media

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What is going on with IBMA?

Several readers have asked us on Facebook, in comments to our recent articles,  and in direct communications, to try and explain what has led to the current turmoil within the Board of Directors of the International Bluegrass Music Association. So here is, to the best of […]

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Behind The Mic with Jerry Eicher

Close your eyes and imagine this: an upright radio with a big round dial on the front, with fiddle tunes coming through the speakers. A family gathered around it in the living room, waiting for their favorite song to come on so they can roll […]

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Three more IBMA Board members resign

Earlier today, At-Large representative Henri Deschamps, Treasurer Elizabeth Wightman, and Agents/Managers/Publicists representative Brian Smith resigned from the Board of Directors of the International Bluegrass Music Association. These came following a vote during last night’s Board meeting to not accept the resignation of Chair Jon Weisberger, who […]

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My Home Is On This Ole Boxcar from Cody Shuler

Cody Shuler has led North Carolina’s Pine Mountain Railroad since 2006, and has recorded three albums with the band. His singing, songwriting and mandolin playing is out front with PMR, and now he is fixing to release his first solo project with Rural Rhythm Records next […]

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New video from Tommy Brown & County Line Grass

While working at Tom Feller’s studio earlier this year, Tommy Brown and the County Line Grass recorded a music video for the title track of their latest CD, Leaving This Town. It’s a simple performance video for the song, whose complete title is Leaving This Town Little […]

Latest Events News

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Terry and Jan Lease retiring

Since 1986, Terry Lease has been actively promoting bluegrass music in Illinois, and surrounding midwestern states. He and his wife, Jan, hosted their first Greater Downstate Indoor Bluegrass Festival in Springfield in November of ’86, and have run it annually this past 28 years. They […]

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Hot Rize in Ann Arbor

Hot Rize made the Ark in Ann Arbor, Michigan one of the current tour stops where they played to a packed house. About a third of the audience were seeing them for the first time. The rest of us were taking a ride back to […]

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Three ReFlecktions on Béla and Abigail in Frederick

This set of reflections on a Béla Fleck/Abigail Washburn concert is a first contribution from Jen Hughes, a new writer we hope to feature semi-regularly at Bluegrass Today. Perfectionism I have always thought Béla Fleck is a perfectionist. I came to this notion not only […]

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Bluegrass Weather Report – 11/18/14

Heres our Special Bluegrass Correspondent with this week’s Bluegrass Weather Report, looking in on the big doin’s this in Withlachochee, FL.  

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Donna Hughes talks 2 albums and 20 tunes

Donna Hughes stopped by for a chat at World of Bluegrass to talk about her two new albums, one with a bluegrass rhythm section, From The Heart, and the other, Fly, with Donna on piano and more of a singer/songwriter vibe.   And here’s her video […]

Latest Reviews

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Claire Lynch’s Holiday!

Claire Lynch has had two projects on her wish list for a while – a CD of holiday songs and one filled with swing tunes. If the festive CD – Holiday! – is any indication of what happens when her musical wishes come true, I […]

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No Trouble on Junior’s Trouble Follows Me

Junior Sisk has been one of the most popular voices in traditional bluegrass over the past several years. Winning IBMA’s for Song of the Year and Album of the Year in 2012, named Male Vocalist of the Year in 2013, and being nominated for a host […]

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Leaving This Town – Tommy Brown and the County Line Grass

Attention young bluegrass bands trying to figure out what is missing in your sound… Have a listen to Leaving This Town, the stellar new release from Tommy Brown and the County Line Grass on Randm Records. If you can generate a small portion of the passion and […]

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Pull Your Savior In – Larry Stephenson Band

An album which begins with the vocal quartet of Larry Stephenson, Jimmy Fortune, David Parmley, and Dale Perry can’t help but be good, and Pull Your Savior In, the newest effort (and fifth all-Gospel project) from the Larry Stephenson Band, doesn’t disappoint. It serves as […]

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Walking Distance – John Mailander

John Mailander is the latest bright light in the fiddle world to emerge from the Berklee College of Music in Boston, where he has studied under the tutelage of Darol Anger and developed into an adventurous and extremely capable player. His debut solo album, Walking Distance, […]

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For IBMA, Time For A Change

| November 21, 2014 | 0 Comments

It’s time for Jon Weisberger to resign as the chairman of IBMA’s board of directors. I don’t say that lightly. As a lifetime member of the organization, I’ve put $1,000 where my mouth is because I believe in bluegrass music, earn part of my living […]

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How to annoy friends and alienate people online

| November 19, 2014 | 0 Comments

Those of us who are self-employed players of bluegrass music do something on a regular basis that Lester Flatt, Carter Stanley, and Ernest Granham never had to bother with (don’t feel bad if you don’t recognize that third name; I just made it up): we […]

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Another IBMA Board member resigns

| November 19, 2014 | 0 Comments

The Board of Directors of the International Bluegrass Music Association has suffered another resignation, this time that of David Smith, the newly-elected representative of the Broadcasters constituency. After just a month of service, he has written a letter to the Board stating his reasons for […]

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LRB video for Turn On A Dime

| November 18, 2014 | 0 Comments

Celebrating the release of their first album of new material in the past four years, Lonesome River Band and Mountain Home Music have collaborated on a music video for the title track, Her Love Won’t Turn On A Dime. It’s a mix of studio and […]

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New Punch Brothers track – I Blew It Off

| November 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

Punch Brothers are fixin’ to come rarin’ back in 2015, with a new album and tour announced starting in February. A single track has been released today on video as a tease. It’s a grass-pop ballad sure to whet the appetite of Punch Brothers fans everywhere. […]

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