• Scholarships for 2nd annual Women’s Banjo Camp

    We banjo players have endured unkind banjo jokes for as long as we’ve been playing. Always derogatory, often at the expense of our intelligence, appearance or job prospects, these jabs sting the refined five stringer to the core. With Murphy and Casey Henry’s Women’s Banjo […]

    Scholarships for 2nd annual Women’s Banjo Camp
    | April 24, 2014 | 0 Comments
  • Joe Zauner to Patent Pending

    Washington, DC area banjo player Joe Zauner has joined Patent Pending. Zauner, who has been playing banjo since 1973, is like several of his new bandmates in Patent Pending, in that he cut his bluegrass teeth playing in Washington, DC-area clubs in the late 1970s, […]

    Joe Zauner to Patent Pending
    | April 24, 2014 | 0 Comments
  • Billy Hawks leaving Junior Sisk

    We have learned that Billy Hawks, fiddler with Junior Sisk & Rambler’s Choice, will be leaving the band after today’s performance at MerleFest. Junior says that Jamie Harper will be filling in with the band the rest of this weekend, and shared this brief statement. […]

    Billy Hawks leaving Junior Sisk
    | April 24, 2014 | 0 Comments
  • Noam Pikelny and Stuart Duncan hit the road

    Ask any musicologist about the origins of old time and bluegrass music, and a disquisition on banjo and fiddle music won’t be far behind. Particularly in the Appalachian regions where self-sufficient immigrants from the British isles and their descendants tended to aggregate – and where […]

    Noam Pikelny and Stuart Duncan hit the road
    | April 24, 2014 | 0 Comments
  • Welcome Luke Boyd

    Rachel Johnson Boyd and her husband Chris are celebrating the birth of their first child. Luke Holston Boyd was born on April 21 at 5:06 p.m., weighing in at 6 lbs 14 oz. Rachel had worked in bluegrass since she was a young girl, touring with […]

    Welcome Luke Boyd
    | April 24, 2014 | 0 Comments

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Scholarships for 2nd annual Women’s Banjo Camp

We banjo players have endured unkind banjo jokes for as long as we’ve been playing. Always derogatory, often at the expense of our intelligence, appearance or job prospects, these jabs sting the refined five stringer to the core. With Murphy and Casey Henry’s Women’s Banjo […]

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Joe Zauner to Patent Pending

Washington, DC area banjo player Joe Zauner has joined Patent Pending. Zauner, who has been playing banjo since 1973, is like several of his new bandmates in Patent Pending, in that he cut his bluegrass teeth playing in Washington, DC-area clubs in the late 1970s, […]

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Billy Hawks leaving Junior Sisk

We have learned that Billy Hawks, fiddler with Junior Sisk & Rambler’s Choice, will be leaving the band after today’s performance at MerleFest. Junior says that Jamie Harper will be filling in with the band the rest of this weekend, and shared this brief statement. […]

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Jeff Austin exits YMSB

Yonder Mountain String Band has announced the departure of mandolinist/vocalist Jeff Austin, who is leaving the group to pursue his solo career, and support his upcoming solo project which he discussed with us several months back. In a statement issued this afternoon, the remaining members […]

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Hook, Live & Sinker from Chesapeake

Just as focus has been on Seldom Scene this week with their first new project in seven years, here comes a live album from another DC-based group with roots in the Scene. Chesapeake got its start when Mike Auldridge, T. Michael Coleman and Moondi Klein, […]

Bluegrass At Large

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Welcome Luke Boyd

Rachel Johnson Boyd and her husband Chris are celebrating the birth of their first child. Luke Holston Boyd was born on April 21 at 5:06 p.m., weighing in at 6 lbs 14 oz. Rachel had worked in bluegrass since she was a young girl, touring with […]

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James Alan Shelton hospitalized

James Alan Shelton, long-time guitarist with Ralph Stanley & the Clinch Mountain Boys, has been hospitalized in Tennessee. He shared the following statement about his condition. Folks, I have not had a chance to explain to you what is going on with my health issues. […]

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Mountain Fever launches new Travianna label

Mark Hodges and his Mountain Fever label have announced the formation of a new brand for releasing and promoting music outside the bluegrass realm. The Travianna Records imprint will cover the broader Americana genre, starting with Echo, today’s debut album from After Jack. A youthful all-female […]

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Welcome James Munsey

Matt and Juliana Munsey are celebrating the birth of a son. James Alan Munsey was born this morning (4/14/14) at 5:53 a.m. Matt is the mandolinist with Monroeville, whose new album Can’t Put Me Out has just recently been released. He tells us that James was named for his paternal […]

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Two new capos from Planet Waves

Planet Waves, the accessories division of D’Addario, has announced a pair of new capos for fretted stringed instruments.  The NS Artist Capo for guitar and the NS Banjo/Mandolin Pro aim to offer musicians features found in hand-tooled models at a much lower price. The NS […]

Bluegrass in the Media

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Tony Trischka Lost live

Tony Trischka sat recently for an episode of One On One, an online music video program created and produced by Ehud Lazin. The concept is to create intimate videos of performers, with no audience – just the artist and the recordist. Here Trischka plays a solo version […]

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Mac Wiseman to the Country Music HOF

The Country Music Association in Nashville has today announced their 2014 class to be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. One of the recipients is the bluegrass legend, Mac Wiseman, who will be inducted this year along with Hank Cochran and Ronnie Milsap. […]

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Ryan Cavanaugh and Jake Jolliff – Just Friends

Here’s a great example of musicians trained in bluegrass tackling a jazz standard. Ryan Cavanaugh and Jake Jolliff were performing at the Jalopy Theatre in Brooklyn when they ripped into a banjo/mandolin duet on the Klenner & Lewis classic, Just Friends. The video is a […]

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Live video from Pert Near Sandstone

Pert Near Sandstone has shared a live video performance for one of tracks on their latest CD, The Hardest Part Of Leaving, released April 15. It was shot this past weekend at the historic Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, MN, famous as the home of […]

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IBMA announces 2014 showcase artists

The International Bluegrass Music Association has announced the invited showcase artists who will perform on their late night Bluegrass Ramble stages, and at various other events during World of Bluegrass and the Wide Open Bluegrass festival (September 30 – October 4) in Raleigh, NC. IBMA […]

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Noam Pikelny and Stuart Duncan hit the road

Ask any musicologist about the origins of old time and bluegrass music, and a disquisition on banjo and fiddle music won’t be far behind. Particularly in the Appalachian regions where self-sufficient immigrants from the British isles and their descendants tended to aggregate – and where […]

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Bluegrass Weather Report – 4/22/14

Here’s our Special Bluegrass Correspondent with this week’s Bluegrass Weather Report, looking at the big doin’s on tap at MerleFest this weekend in North Carolina.  

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Lester Flatt to be celebrated at MerleFest

The 100th anniversary of Lester Flatt’s birthdate is on June 19 this year and many residents of his home town, Sparta, Tennessee, will be celebrating the life of the first generation bluegrass legend.  Among the events planned is the collaborative effort by Roland White and […]

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More music from Lucketts

Frank Baker was on hand at the Lucketts Community Center on April 12 for sets from The Scott Brannon Band and The Virginia Ramblers. He shared this set of images for our readers.  

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2014 Durango Bluegrass Meltdown

I’ve recently returned from Durango, Colorado, where I found the 20th Anniversary of the Durango Bluegrass Meltdown to have the intimacy, talent, and entertaining times that attendees have come to know and trust. In regard to intimacy, the festival hosts shows through three venues, each […]

Opinion & Humor

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Don’t let old Satan hold your hand, Steve

Last week I urged you to celebrate Musical Illiteracy Month. My hope is that by now, you’ve hidden and found your musical illiteracy eggs, and placed tablature under the children’s pillows to be replaced by monetary gifts in the middle of the night, courtesy of […]

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Don’t know nothin’ ’bout lit-ra-cy

You may not be aware of this, and your calendar may not show it, but in addition to this April of 2014 boasting Easter, Passover, and the U.S. and Canadian tax deadlines, April is also Musical Illiteracy Month. If you’re like most people, you’ll just […]

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Road restroom ratings for troubadours

For the male road musician, the highway men’s room is a sad fact of life. Last week I promised (or threatened) to begin publishing road bathroom reviews in this space, and if I fail to deliver on that, I’ll be no better than the reluctant […]

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Road restroom reviews – an analysis

At one point several years ago, my bandmate Ned Luberecki and I were going to start writing road restaurant reviews. It was never going to include any upscale places, because that would have required actually eating in an upscale restaurant. Instead we were going to […]

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Tax time for grassers, part II

The plan for this week was to provide some tax advice for working (or occasionally working) bluegrass musicians. As I mentioned last week, I’m not qualified in any way to dispense this kind of information, but since this has never stopped anyone from giving me […]

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Having a Coffee with ……. Joe Walsh

| April 23, 2014 | 0 Comments

Having A Coffee With… is a fun series in which we ask bluegrass music personalities, some famous, some not so well known, about some of their interests as well as about the music that they love.  Mandolinist Joe Walsh was the first person to study […]

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Seldom Scene…Long Time

| April 22, 2014 | 1 Comment

Until the rich history of the Seldom Scene is laid down in book form, the band’s newest CD, Long Time…Seldom Scene will serve as a terrific Cliff’s Notes version of the story and music. Long Time, released today by Smithsonian Folkways, is the band’s first […]

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The Story Behind the Song – Singing As We Rise

| April 22, 2014 | 1 Comment

Joe Newberry was born in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, and grew up in Boone County, Missouri. His songwriting has the same clean, elegant style that characterises his banjo playing. Musicians in the folk and bluegrass world often record his songs. The Gibson Brothers included two of […]

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For The Record: Becky Buller #9

| April 21, 2014 | 0 Comments

Once again, Stephen Mougin at Dark Shadow Recording has prevailed on one of his artists to retail tninthheir recording experience for us in blog form. This time, it’s Becky Buller who is working on her first solo project with the label. Here is the eighth installment of […]

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Nighthawk from Danny Roberts

| April 21, 2014 | 2 Comments

Danny Roberts, The Grascals’ mando man, has a new CD set for a May release on Mountain Home Music. Nighthawk highlights Danny’s creative side with ten new tunes for mandolin, and his extra talented family, wife Andrea and daughter Jaelee. Both are fine vocalists, with Andrea […]

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