• Adam McPeak to Kindred Records

    Kindred Records has announced the signing of Adam McPeak & Mountain Thunder to the label. The Virginia band is led by 17 year old mandolinist McPeak, the son of Mike McPeake of the legendary McPeak Brothers, who plays guitar and sings with Mountain Thunder. They have a […]

    Adam McPeak to Kindred Records
    | September 17, 2014 | 0 Comments
  • Steve Gulley & New Pinnacle

    Steve Gulley has spent much of his life in bluegrass music, as did his father before him. Don Gulley was in on the founding of the Pinnacle Mountain Boys in the 1950s, a group he performed with into the ’70s. He was also a featured vocalist […]

    Steve Gulley & New Pinnacle
    | September 17, 2014 | 0 Comments
  • No answers here, or El Presidente’s brain

    The IBMA World of Bluegrass is fast approaching, and if you’re planning to attend, you probably still have plenty of questions you may be asking yourself. Let me just say up front that I have no informed answers to give, unless your question is “where […]

    No answers here, or El Presidente’s brain
    | September 17, 2014 | 0 Comments
  • IBMA announces Momentum Awards nominees

    The International Bluegrass Music Association has announced the nominees for their Momentum Awards, a special honor designed to recognize artists and bluegrass professionals during the early stages of their careers. From these lists of finalists, a committee of experts will select the winners, who will […]

    IBMA announces Momentum Awards nominees
    | September 17, 2014 | 0 Comments
  • Bluegrass Weather Report – 9/16/14

    Here’s our Special Bluegrass Correspondent with this week’s Bluegrass Weather Report, taking a look at the Dumplin’ Valley Bluegrass Festival in Kodak, TN, along with the upcoming World of Bluegrass week in Raleigh, NC.  

    Bluegrass Weather Report – 9/16/14
    | September 16, 2014 | 0 Comments

Latest Bluegrass Music News

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Adam McPeak to Kindred Records

Kindred Records has announced the signing of Adam McPeak & Mountain Thunder to the label. The Virginia band is led by 17 year old mandolinist McPeak, the son of Mike McPeake of the legendary McPeak Brothers, who plays guitar and sings with Mountain Thunder. They have a […]

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Steve Gulley & New Pinnacle

Steve Gulley has spent much of his life in bluegrass music, as did his father before him. Don Gulley was in on the founding of the Pinnacle Mountain Boys in the 1950s, a group he performed with into the ’70s. He was also a featured vocalist […]

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Introducing The Patricks

Earlier this month, when we posted the news that Daniel Patrick was leaving The Roys, we mentioned that he was starting up a new group with his sister, Samantha. They will be called The Patricks, and will specialize in bluegrass and Gospel singing featuring sibling […]

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Groundspeed from Rogers & Larrance

Rogers & Larrance have released Groundspeed, a second track from their upcoming reimagining of Flatt & Scruggs’ classic Foggy Mountain Banjo album. What makes their effort unique is that Tyson Rogers is a pianist, and Bryon Larrance a drummer. The pair met working with jazz banjoist Ryan Cavanaugh, […]

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Dark Cloud Rising from Jon Weisberger

Jon Weisberger is a powerful man in the bluegrass world. An award-winning songwriter, his music appears on many new releases each year. As a record producer he guides the work of other artists in the studio, most recently Missy Werner’s Turn This Heart Around. And […]

Bluegrass At Large

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Welcome Grayson Leadbetter

Young Grayson Matthew Leadbetter, born September 8 at 9:03 p.m., comes into this world with quite a bluegrass pedigree. His parents are Matt Leadbetter, former reso-guitarist with Lonesome River Band, Marty Raybon, and Brand New Strings, and his wife Ashley. That also makes him the grandson […]

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Bluegrass Rural Roots mail art exhibit

Have you ever visited a mail art exhibit? Are you familiar with the form? Generically, mail art is anything that can be or is sent via the postal system to a specific destination. These days, it refers to “found art” sent in response to a general […]

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Ramsey Carpenter wins Miss America talent competition

Well done Miss Kentucky! Last night, during preliminaries at the Miss America pageant in Atlantic City, NJ, Ramsey Carpenter took first place in the talent competition for her fiery fiddle medley of Sally Gooden and Orange Blossom Special. As the talent winner, she receives a […]

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Eddie Adcock on his major award

We caught up with Eddie Adcock today and he shared these reflections on being selected as the recipient of the 2014 Steve Martin prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass Music. In addition to a lovely trophy, the prize includes a cash award of $50,000. “What […]

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Deering introduces Goodtime Americana

The Deering Banjo Company has introduced the latest addition to their popular Goodtime series, designed for budget conscious old time 5 string players. The Americana model is made with a 12” rim, resulting in a larger head surface and a frequency response with greater resonance in […]

Bluegrass in the Media

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IBMA announces Momentum Awards nominees

The International Bluegrass Music Association has announced the nominees for their Momentum Awards, a special honor designed to recognize artists and bluegrass professionals during the early stages of their careers. From these lists of finalists, a committee of experts will select the winners, who will […]

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Man In Your Corner video from the Sleepy Boys

Those of us who’ve been paying attention have watched The Sleepy Man Banjo Boys grow up on video this past few years. The three talented Mizzone brothers from New Jersey first hit the scene on YouTube four years ago, and their star has continued to […]

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A guitar builder’s testament

Even wonder how someone gets into luthiery? In this video Ken Hooper explains how he got interested in building guitars for bluegrass players as he shows us around his shop in Elkin, NC.  

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75 years at Renfro Valley on TV

Since 1939 Renfro Valley, Kentucky has been synonymous with good, old fashioned country, bluegrass and Gospel music. What started out as a barn dance has grown into a massive entertainment and shopping complex that receives visitors from all over the world. They maintain a stable […]

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Behind The Mic with Charlie Hall

Central Kentucky is known by many as the heart of the Bluegrass State, so it’s only fitting that bluegrass music should be played and heard there, as well. One of the most well-known DJs in the region is Charlie Hall, host of Bluegrass Express, which […]

Latest Events News

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Bluegrass Weather Report – 9/16/14

Here’s our Special Bluegrass Correspondent with this week’s Bluegrass Weather Report, taking a look at the Dumplin’ Valley Bluegrass Festival in Kodak, TN, along with the upcoming World of Bluegrass week in Raleigh, NC.  

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More from Delaware Valley ’14

Here’s another batch of fine photos Frank Baker took at the 2014 Delaware Valley Bluegrass Festival.

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More from Delaware Valley 2014

Here’s another batch of Frank Baker’s images from the 2014 Delaware Valley Bluegrass Festival.  

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Bluegrass Weather Report – 9/9/14

Here’s our Special Bluegrass Correspondent with this week’s Bluegrass Weather Report, looking at the Pickin’ In The Pines festival in Flagstaff, AZ.  

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Bluegrass and Chili Festival 2014

The Bluegrass and Chili Festival in Claremore, OK celebrated it’s 35th anniversary by bringing in some of bluegrass music’s top names and the thousands of fans who attended didn’t pay one cent to attend. The Grascals, Mountain Heart, Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder, Rhonda Vincent and the […]

Latest Reviews

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Three Bells – Auldridge, Douglas, Ickes

Three Bells is an absolute rarity in the world of recorded music. It’s quite seldom that a new project conveys so much joy, so much love among the musicians, and for the instrument they share in common. Conceived as a chance for dobro buddies Jerry Douglas and Rob […]

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Sake Of The Sound – Front Country

Do yourself a favor. No matter what you think of jam bands, Americana and other genres that reside at the edges of traditional bluegrass or beyond, swallow your preconceptions and listen to four songs from Sake of the Sound, the first full-length CD from Front […]

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Gary Reid is Carter Stanley

Gary Reid has long had a reputation as a serious student of The Stanley Brothers. Having written the liner notes for several CD editions of Stanley music, both Carter and Ralph’s and Ralph’s alone, his name is closely associated with theirs. He’s also written a book on their […]

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Brokeland Bullets – Heartbroke

This review marks the first installment from a new contributor, Stu Vincent. Stu will help us stay abreast of the European bluegrass scene, and we thank him for his efforts to do so. Let me start with a very simple statement – Scandinavian Bluegrass is HOT!! […]

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One Song Romance – Michael Barnett

Modern American string music, in the folk rather than classical tradition, has a number of hot spots around the country. The lure of commercial work brings a good many talented young practitioners to Nashville, where they often band together or find employment with successful artists. […]

Recent Bluegrass Today News

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The Farm coming from Buddy Merriam

| September 12, 2014 | 0 Comments

Buddy Merriam & Back Roads are set to release their 8th CD on October 1. Merriam, noted as an original purveyor of the Bill Monroe mandolin style, has written dozens of tunes for his instrument, and kept his group together for the past 34 years. […]

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Louisa Branscomb and Nu-Blu songwriter workshops

| September 12, 2014 | 0 Comments

As popular music keeps getting bigger, brighter, louder and more bombastic, we see more and more people drop off the other end. Looking for an expression of something genuine – something that can touch them using words and music, without laser lights, exploding stage props, or frequent costume […]

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Fiddle tunes for harmonica by David Naiditch

| September 11, 2014 | 0 Comments

There’s no harmonica in bluegrass! David Naiditch has been known to joke that harmonica players are about as welcome at bluegrass festivals as the mosquitoes that come out to gnaw on the jammers. He may be right, though I suspect that he would be well received […]

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Adam Steffey transcriptions from New Primitive

| September 11, 2014 | 0 Comments

Nick DiSebastian has just released a transcription book that accompanies Adam Steffey’s New Primitive album. It includes standard notation, tablature, and chords for all 13 tracks on the album. This album was something of a departure for Steffey, who had made his bones playing blazing […]

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New single from Larry Stephenson

| September 11, 2014 | 0 Comments

Larry Stephenson has announced a new single, the title track from his upcoming album, Pull Your Savior In. It’s a new song of Larry’s, a driving bluegrass Gospel number recorded with his early 2014 touring band (Kenny Ingram on banjo, Jordan Laney on guitar, and […]

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