• Behind The Mic with Jim Fisher

    When we think of “radio voices,” smooth, rich, polished tones come to mind – think Casey Kasem. Broadcaster Jim Fisher was a little surprised when, years ago, someone told him that his voice was well-suited for the radio. As he tells it, he was emceeing […]

    Behind The Mic with Jim Fisher
    | January 29, 2015 | 0 Comments
  • Special C heading back west

    Here’s the final report from Greg Cahill, who has just finished up a tour in Ireland with Special Consensus. We played at a wonderful music festival in Sixmilebridge, Ireland, last Sunday – a festival we play every time we come over here. It features many forms of […]

    Special C heading back west
    | January 29, 2015 | 0 Comments
  • How quickly can you turn a banjo into an electric?

    Tom Nechville, of Nechville Musical Products, has created a DIY video showing how easily any Nechville tone ring banjo can be quickly converted into a solid body electric using the Nechville Turbo Module. Nechville is fond of this sort of jet-age phraseology, calling his radical […]

    How quickly can you turn a banjo into an electric?
    | January 29, 2015 | 0 Comments
  • Rambling Rooks are now Band of Ruhks

    Ronnie Bowman is really excited about the upcoming album from Band of Ruhks, formerly known as The Rambling Rooks. And when Ronnie gets excited, he starts to gush. No holding back for this successful Nashville songwriter, who possesses one of the most iconic voices in […]

    Rambling Rooks are now Band of Ruhks
    | January 29, 2015 | 0 Comments
  • Madam video from Mountain Faith

    Mountain Faith is really on the video trail this month. Here’s their second release since the new year, a banjo-driven song called Madam from their current Mountain Fever CD, Blue. It was written by John Morgan, a former guitarist with the band, and cousin to […]

    Madam video from Mountain Faith
    | January 29, 2015 | 0 Comments

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Rambling Rooks are now Band of Ruhks

Ronnie Bowman is really excited about the upcoming album from Band of Ruhks, formerly known as The Rambling Rooks. And when Ronnie gets excited, he starts to gush. No holding back for this successful Nashville songwriter, who possesses one of the most iconic voices in […]

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Hillbenders going all Tommy on us

In 1969, the rock music world was agog when The Who, one of the top grossing acts on the circuit at that time, released a double album called Tommy. Described as a rock opera, the entire album was based on a single concept, the story […]

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Bill Yates passes

Bill Yates, lifetime bluegrass musician, bassist with The Country Gentlemen, and friend to everyone in the bluegrass community, died tonight after several weeks in the hospital. He was 78 years old. He had been hospitalized earlier this month, suffering from a brain bleed. Doctors resisted […]

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News from Mountain Rain

Brad Wood, mandolinist with North Carolina’s Mountain Rain, got in touch last week with several bits of news. First off, the band has recently signed with Cedar Creek Management, and booking for shows will be handled by Susan Burrows at Cedar Creek (336 953-2814). They have also […]

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Julia Mainer passes 

Julia Mainer, wife and long-time musical partner of old-time country music artist  the late Wade Mainer, passed away on January 21, 2015, aged 95. She had sustained fatal injuries in a fall a few days earlier. Julia Mae Brown Mainer was born on March 13, […]

Bluegrass At Large

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How quickly can you turn a banjo into an electric?

Tom Nechville, of Nechville Musical Products, has created a DIY video showing how easily any Nechville tone ring banjo can be quickly converted into a solid body electric using the Nechville Turbo Module. Nechville is fond of this sort of jet-age phraseology, calling his radical […]

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Adam Steffey going under the knife

Just like the instruments they play, sometimes bluegrass musicians themselves need a bit of a tune up. Mandolin master Adam Steffey will be headed in soon to try to fix a pesky irritated nerve that has been bothering him recently. According to Steffey, he had […]

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Bill Yates doing well after treatment

Bill Yates, longtime member of The Country Gentlemen and still an active grasser with his Country Gentlemen Tribute Band, is doing well after being hospitalized this past two weeks. A brain bleed was diagnosed when he was admitted earlier this month, but surgery to remove […]

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Deering introduces 6 string Goodtime banjo

The Deering Banjo Company has introduced their first 6 string model in their popular Goodtime Banjo series. The Solana 6 is a nylon stringed model, tuned and played like a guitar, with a rock maple 22-fret neck attached to Deering’s 16-bracket 12” pot assembly. Like […]

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Hornets v. Spurs – with Blue Highway

Blue Highway will be on hand in Charlotte, NC for tonight’s (1/14) NBA contest between the hometown Hornets and the 2014 champion San Antonio Spurs. The guys have been invited to sing the national anthem before the game, which tips off at 7:00 p.m. All […]

Bluegrass in the Media

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Behind The Mic with Jim Fisher

When we think of “radio voices,” smooth, rich, polished tones come to mind – think Casey Kasem. Broadcaster Jim Fisher was a little surprised when, years ago, someone told him that his voice was well-suited for the radio. As he tells it, he was emceeing […]

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Madam video from Mountain Faith

Mountain Faith is really on the video trail this month. Here’s their second release since the new year, a banjo-driven song called Madam from their current Mountain Fever CD, Blue. It was written by John Morgan, a former guitarist with the band, and cousin to […]

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How I Love You video from Becky Buller

Becky Buller has released the first of a promised several live performance videos from her ‘Tween Earth and Sky CD release party in Nashville back in October. On How I Love You, she is joined by Kenny Smith on guitar, Mike Bub on bass, Stephen […]

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Big changes at WAMU’s Bluegrass Country

WAMU’s Bluegrass Country has been a shining success story for public radio since they broke off from WAMU’s main broadcast signal and began broadcasting bluegrass music 24/7 online in 2001. Several markets had seen secondary music channels develop for classical or jazz music lovers as […]

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Hillbenders going all Tommy on us

In 1969, the rock music world was agog when The Who, one of the top grossing acts on the circuit at that time, released a double album called Tommy. Described as a rock opera, the entire album was based on a single concept, the story […]

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Special C heading back west

Here’s the final report from Greg Cahill, who has just finished up a tour in Ireland with Special Consensus. We played at a wonderful music festival in Sixmilebridge, Ireland, last Sunday – a festival we play every time we come over here. It features many forms of […]

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Bill Evans and Alan Munde in Bend

As part of their west coast tour last week and this, Bill Evans and Alan Munde stopped Thursday evening for a show in Bend, OR. The pair of banjo masters are doing concerts and workshops along the northeastern US and western Canada through the 31st. […]

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More from Special C in Ireland

Here’s another report from Greg Cahill, who is in Ireland with Special Consensus. We are having a great tour – played a show in a castle in Roscrea, Ireland and the huge Winterfest in Sixmilebridge, Ireland. Sean Ryan, who with his wife Aine owns the […]

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Bluegrass Weather Report – 1/20/15

Here’s our Special Bluegrass Correspondent with this week’s Bluegrass Weather Report (again without the weather), looking at the YeeHaw Junction Bluegrass Festival in Florida.  

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Blue Ox festival launches in Wisconsin

Here’s a great story about the power of bluegrass music. How many of us have thought that if only more people heard and experienced our music live, they would become instant fans. Well it appears that this works on business-minded music lovers as well. We spoke […]

Latest Reviews

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Grass Roots Project – Eric and Ben Marshall

It’s probably pretty safe to say that many of today’s bluegrass musicians first learned to play, or at least to appreciate, bluegrass music from a family member. Some of the latest evidence of this is the father-son duo of Eric and Ben Marshall, who hail […]

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American Originals a Hit in Cincinnati

This report on a special multi-genre musical show in Ohio comes from Artie Werner, manager and bass player with The Missy Werner Band. Cincinnati Music Hall was a great place to be this past weekend, where artists of several genres joined together to present American […]

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Stringdusters, Solivan: The State Theater Is Still Smoldering

A two night Infamous Stringdusters run. Add Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen to the first night and, folks, you have a festival on your hands. And, what a festival it was! Sparks flew as these two bluegrass powerhouses lit up the State Theater in Northern […]

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Carroll Best and the White Oak String Band

I love discovering new music. The majority of the time, that music is just new to me: an early J.D. Crowe & the New South album I’ve never heard before, a Jimmy Martin concert from the mid-1990s streaming on YouTube, a new country artist that […]

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Voices – Volume Five

Volume Five is one of those acts that consistently turn out headliner-quality music, but have seemed to be stuck in a second tier status. Their original music is clever and compelling, they can pick with the best of them, and their vocals are top tier. What […]

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Do you haiku?

| January 28, 2015 | 0 Comments

I was reminded recently by Ned Luberecki that I had once written a bluegrass haiku that went as follows: late in the evening Uncle Pen played the fiddle why did he do that? This led me to think that we were overdue for a discussion […]

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Brownlo video from Gary Brewer

| January 27, 2015 | 0 Comments

Gary Brewer & the Kentucky Ramblers have released a music video for one of the tracks on their current CD, Homestretch. We don’t often see videos for bluegrass instrumentals, but that’s just what Gary and his boys have put together. The tune is one of […]

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Butch Robins, video star

| January 27, 2015 | 0 Comments

Butch Robins presents – Blue Grass Music, its Origin and Development as a Unique and Creative Art Form Produced and directed by Bud Bennett, Radford University Conceived, written and hosted by Butch Robins If you like bluegrass history, you will positively “waller” in this video […]

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IBMM launches Executive Director search

| January 26, 2015 | 0 Comments

The International Bluegrass Music Museum has announced the official launch of their search for a new Executive Director to replace Gabrielle Gray, who had announced that she would be stepping down in December. Gray will continue to manage the organization’s annual music festival, ROMP, but […]

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2015 Northern California Bluegrass Awards

| January 26, 2015 | 0 Comments

It’s awards season in Tinseltown, as you can tell if you open a newspaper or turn on the TV. But it’s not just for the movies, or just in southern California. Over the weekend, the 8th annual Northern California Bluegrass Awards were distributed during the […]

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