Latest Bluegrass Music News


Bryan Sutton at MTSU

The Center for Popular Music at Middle Tennessee State University hosted Bryan Sutton for a workshop on March 16, as part of their American Guitar series. Fortunately for those of us who couldn’t attend, the Center has preserved the experience on a pair of roughly 30 minute […]


Ben Freed passes

Ben Freed, New York banjoist and retired optometrist, has died. He was 59 years of age. Ben was that rare individual who was respected professionally both in his medical career, where he was a low-vision specialist and an Assistant Clinical Professor at New York Medical […]


Changes in store for Claire Lynch

Claire Lynch will step away from full-time touring with her band at the end of 2016 to focus on songwriting, producing and mentoring, and to spend more time with her husband. She sees the change as a new beginning. “I’m just trying to downsize my […]


ClayBank launches in NC

ClayBank is the newest group to emerge from the fertile musical vistas of northwestern North Carolina, playing straight-ahead contemporary bluegrass. Gary Trivette is on bass, serving as the “old hand” among some talented young grassers. Tyler Thompson is on banjo, Jacob Greer on guitar, and Zach […]


Truck Drivin’ from Cumberland Gap Connection

Mike Bentley & Cumberland Gap Connection have released a debut single ahead of their next album for Union House Records. It’s a new road song by Jeff Brown and Barbara Owens called Truck Drivin’. The recently-reformed band includes Mike Bentley on guitar and lead vocals, Rod Smith […]

Bluegrass At Large


Rounder founders accept Kari Estrin Founding President’s Award from Folk Alliance

On May 15, 2015, Kari Estrin – the founder of SERFA (Southeastern Regional Folk Alliance) – presented Ken Irwin, Marian Leighton Levy and Bill Nowlin (the Rounder Founders) with a special award honoring their work. Also presented awards were Alice Gerrard and Si Kahn. Rounder […]


Welcome Calvin Thile

Congratulations to Chris Thile and Claire Coffee on the birth of their first child, Calvin Eugene. He was born about a week ago in Portland, OR where the newlyweds make their home. Claire plays the role of Adalind Schade on the popular NBC television drama, Grimm, […]


Catching up with The Gibson Brothers

Excuse me for a minute while I put the cart way in front of the horse, but after listening to the Gibson Brothers pay tribute on their latest CD to a long list of brother acts that preceded them in bluegrass and country music – […]


Henhouse Prowlers share bluegrass in Rwanda

Henhouse Prowlers have returned to Africa on another cultural exchange mission for the US government. Here is a report from banjo picker Ben Wright on their time in Rwanda. To be honest, Rwanda knocked us off our feet and left us stunned from the moment we […]


Rhyme & Season – James Reams

“My intention is to embrace a wide range of human emotion from happiness and love to loss and sorrow, and over it all to express the hope I feel about the future. As I listened to some old gems, I was once again amazed at […]

Bluegrass in the Media


Song Of The Mountains update

We reached Sean Kotz with Horse Archer Productions again this afternoon, and he shared a minor update on the situation with The Lincoln Theatre Board and the status of Song Of The Mountains, the PBS-syndicated, live-performance television program. Production of unaired episodes was halted last week […]


Fiddlin’ Around video from Jeff Austin

Prog-grasser Jeff Austin has released a live video of he and the Jeff Austin Band performing Fiddlin’ Around from his current album, The Simple Truth, at the Wonder Ballroom in Portland, Oregon earlier this month.   Featured with Jeff on mandolin and vocals are Danny Barnes on […]


New Foghorn Stringband video

Portland’s Foghorn Stringboard has just released a clever music video for Columbus Stockade Blues, one of the tracks on their current Devil In The Seat CD. It finds the band all over Portland, laying down the old time groove in antique stores, behind the bar, in […]


Another wrinkle in the Song Of The Mountains saga

A new wrinkle has developed in the ongoing trials of Song Of The Mountains, the popular PBS program featuring live bluegrass and old time music, currently airing on more than 120 television affiliates in the US. Last week the Board of Directors of The Lincoln […]


Rhonda and the Rage DVD shoot

Rhonda Vincent & The Rage are set to record another live concert DVD, a decade after her first, Ragin’ Live, was released by Rounder Records in 2015. Filming is set for next Monday and Tuesday at the Bethel Performing Arts Center, located near Bethel University in […]

Latest Events News


More photos from Gettysburg – May 2015

Here’s another gallery of Frank Baker’s images from the Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival earlier this month.


Photos from Gettysburg, May 2015

Thanks again to our fine festival photographer Frank Baker, who sent along these images from the May 2015 Gettysburg Bluegras Festival.


Quicksilver tour report from Europe

We got a report on Friday from Rainer Zellner, who is promoting this month’s Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver tour in central Europe. He says that everyone arrived in good shape and that the tour is going well so far. “Everything started well with a sold out show in […]


Henhouse Prowlers share bluegrass in Rwanda

Henhouse Prowlers have returned to Africa on another cultural exchange mission for the US government. Here is a report from banjo picker Ben Wright on their time in Rwanda. To be honest, Rwanda knocked us off our feet and left us stunned from the moment we […]


Notes from Gettysburg – May, 2015

I make no bones about it. Gettysburg is my favorite festival. I look forward to the twice a year trips there, in May and August, even though I’m rarely able to swing more than a day or two because of the pesky day job. This […]

Latest Reviews


2015 Chantilly Bluegrass and BBQ festival

While I often attend bluegrass festivals, it’s not often that I’m treated the way I have been this weekend at Chantilly Farm in Floyd, VA. Currently in its 5th year, the Chantilly Bluegrass and BBQ festival is quickly becoming a must-attend for many bluegrass fans […]


Alive! In Concert – Dailey & Vincent

The latest release from the Cracker Barrel series of country, bluegrass, and Christian albums is also Dailey & Vincent’s first live album. Alive! In Concert is a fifteen-track collection recorded at the Hylton Performing Arts Center in Manassas, Virginia. The album showcases the duo’s wide […]


All Over the Map – James Leva

Traditional musician James Leva has quite an eclectic background. According to his website, he holds a Ph.D. in French Literature, has composed music for and performed in plays around the world, and has performed and recorded with artists from almost every traditional style imaginable, including […]


Heartstrings – The Trinity River Band

Family bands have long been a staple in bluegrass music. From Lewis to Cherryholmes, family harmony has always been celebrated in our genre of music. Much of the fascination with musical families begins pre-bluegrass with Bill Monroe and his brother, Charlie Monroe. The Monroe Brothers […]


Old Pal – Jamie Harper

The sideman project has become a staple of the bluegrass recording world, in a way that doesn’t even exist in most of the popular music industry. Can you imagine Miranda Lambert’s bass player expecting her to sing a couple of songs on his solo project, […]

Recent Bluegrass Today News


Welcome Hyrum Stevenson

| May 21, 2015 | 0 Comments

Another bluegrass baby! Kendra Stevenson, one of the singing Walker sisters in RedHead Express, and her husband Kelly, are celebrating the birth of their first child. Hyrum Timothy Stevenson was born on May 7 near Nashville, TN. He came in at 9 lbs, 1 oz, and […]


For Memorial Day, proceed to the route

| May 20, 2015 | 0 Comments

The Memorial Day weekend is sort of a milestone in the year. It’s the unofficial start of summer. The fashion people also tell us it’s now okay to wear white shoes (lime green leisure suit optional). Canada celebrates a long weekend the week before, this […]


Béla and Abby go full metal banjo

| May 19, 2015 | 0 Comments

If you are an online comedy aficionado, you may be familiar with a site called The AV Club, which is a kissin’ cousin to the popular parody news site, The Onion. Fun music videos are a big part of their output, including their A.V. Undercover […]


2015 Americana Honors & Awards voting begins

| May 19, 2015 | 0 Comments

2015 Americana Honors & Awards Nominees were announced last week in Nashville, and voting by the members of the Americana Music Association has now begun. Members of the Association may vote for the winners until midnight on June 1. The winners will be announced on […]


Lizzy Long shares some Blueberry Pie

| May 19, 2015 | 0 Comments

Elizabeth ‘Lizzy’ Long was introduced to the bluegrass music world in 2007 when she joined banjo legend Earl Scruggs and foster father Little Roy Lewis on the album Lifetimes. Subsequently, Long and Lewis began touring as The Little Roy & Lizzy Show. Earlier this month […]