• Larry Sparks is the man!

    Driving home yesterday from the Bristol Bluegrass Spring Fest, I was struck by one overwhelming sentiment. What a joy it is to live in a world where Larry Sparks is a superstar. It may not be true everywhere, everytime – I’m sure Mr. Sparks can make it […]

    Larry Sparks is the man!
    | March 30, 2015 | 0 Comments
  • The Rock – new single from Terry Baucom

    Terry Baucom has a new single release, out today, featuring Joey Lemons, the lead singer with Bauc’s group, The Dukes of Drive. It’s a song called The Rock, written by Thom Case, a Nashville songwriter and friend of Terry’s. The two used to play music together around […]

    The Rock – new single from Terry Baucom
    | March 30, 2015 | 0 Comments
  • Nick DiSebastian says goodbye to Town Mountain

    Nick DiSebastian has finished his stint on bass with Town Mountain. He shared his reasons in a statement issued on Sunday afternoon after he returned from the band’s show in Selmer, TN. “Today is my last day on the road with Town Mountain. This past […]

    Nick DiSebastian says goodbye to Town Mountain
    | March 30, 2015 | 0 Comments
  • On This Day #37 – Paul Williams

    On this day… On March 30, 1935, Paul Williams was born in Wytheville, Virginia. He was raised in eastern Tennessee. “Williams” was actually the stage name for Paul McCoy Humphrey. It was the name that he adopted when he joined the Lonesome Pine Fiddlers in […]

    On This Day #37 – Paul Williams
    | March 30, 2015 | 0 Comments
  • Friday at Bristol Bluegrass Spring Fest

    No matter where you may live, it’s always good news when a new bluegrass event launches, just as it feels like the loss of a friend when one closes down. Here in Bristol, Virginia this weekend, we’re watching the first iteration of a new festival, the […]

    Friday at Bristol Bluegrass Spring Fest
    | March 28, 2015 | 0 Comments

Latest Bluegrass Music News

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The Rock – new single from Terry Baucom

Terry Baucom has a new single release, out today, featuring Joey Lemons, the lead singer with Bauc’s group, The Dukes of Drive. It’s a song called The Rock, written by Thom Case, a Nashville songwriter and friend of Terry’s. The two used to play music together around […]

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Nick DiSebastian says goodbye to Town Mountain

Nick DiSebastian has finished his stint on bass with Town Mountain. He shared his reasons in a statement issued on Sunday afternoon after he returned from the band’s show in Selmer, TN. “Today is my last day on the road with Town Mountain. This past […]

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Hard Row To Hoe from Ragged Union

Colorado’s Ragged Union is set to release their debut album, Hard Row To Hoe, on June 1. The band is based around the songs and the singing of Geoff and Christina Union, who found their way to the outskirts of Denver from North Carolina and Alaska […]

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Steve Gulley CD drops next week

Steve Gulley & New Pinnacle have been dominating our Weekly Airplay Chart this past few weeks with their first single, Leaving Crazytown. The full album from which it came, a self-titled project from Rural Rhythm Records, is set to release next Tuesday, March 31. Ahead […]

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Coal Town Rounders to release How it Used to Be

A second CD of music from northeastern Pennsylvania’s Coal Town Rounders is scheduled for a May 12 release. Like their first, Numero Uno, this next, How It Used To Be, was sparsely recorded on analog tape with a very live feel, and features a custom letterpress […]

Bluegrass At Large

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Deering brings back the banjo uke

One of the interesting trends of the early 20th century was the fascination with converting all sorts of stringed instruments into banjos. People made mandolins into banjos, and guitars, and most ill-advisedly, even full scale string basses were fashioned onto a banjo body. The most […]

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Aubrey Holt hospitalized

Aubrey Holt, Indiana bluegrass patriarch and part of the legendary Boys From Indiana, has been admitted to the Veterans Hospital in Cincinnati. He will be treated for congestive heart failure, and to remove fluid from around his heart. His family says that he has been […]

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Blake Johnson back in the hospital

IIIrd Tyme Out bass player and vocalist Blake Johnson is back in the hospital, but this time from an abundance of caution. Fans may recall that he spent several weeks there last year, suffering from a somewhat mysterious malady that had sapped his strength and […]

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Frank Solivan cleans up at the Wammies

Frank Solivan’s good year continued on Sunday when he took home 8 trophies at the Washington Area Music Association Awards ceremony at the State Theater in Falls Church, VA. Not only did Frank, and his trusty touring band, Dirty Kitchen, all but sweep the bluegrass […]

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Don’t Give Up Your Day Job #2

A Quiz ….. From the very beginning playing bluegrass music has been a particularly precarious job, even for the very, very talented. Bill Monroe worked at Sinclair Oil in the 1930s; Kenny Baker often went back to the coal mines even though he was a mainstay […]

Bluegrass in the Media

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Steve ‘n’ Seagulls strike again

Finnish bluegrass doesn’t get a lot of attention here at Bluegrass Today, but it seems we need to revise that policy. Are you hip to Steve ‘n’ Seagulls? They are bluegrass group who specialize in AC/DC covers, not unlike Hayseed Dixie, another bluegrass outfit started […]

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Traveling Show video from Songs From The Road Band

Here’s a question for you… Is it still a special project band after your third album together? That’s one to ask the Songs From The Road Band, who first assembled in 2004 from a number of newgrass and Americana acts to record songs that Charles R […]

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EBMA announces new Board of Directors

The European Bluegrass Music Association has selected several new members for their Board of Directors. At their annual meeting at the Munich Bluegrass Festival earlier this month, four current members left the Board: Angelika Torrie, Rienk Janssen, Petr Brandejs and Christopher Howard-Williams. Their departures were anticipated, but […]

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Watkins, Jarosz and O’Donovan announce new single and video

Sugar Hill Records has announced the May 8 release of a 7” vinyl single from the roots power trio of Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz, and Aoife O’Donovan. The three young women, known for their previous work in groups like Nickel Creek and Crooked Still, and […]

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Tony Lawson to Bristol Country Music Museum

In the Knoxville, TN area, Tony Lawson is something of a bluegrass and Americana music legend. He’s the man who in 1997 started radio station WDVX in an borrowed camper trailer in Anderson Couty, TN. With Don Burggraf, they ran the station there for 5 years […]

Latest Events News

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Bluegrass Today is Bristol bound

This weekend is the first of what it is expected to be an annual event, the Bristol Bluegrass Springfest, held at the Holiday Inn in Bristol, VA. The intention is to provide an indoor bluegrass event just as we all shake off the winter blues […]

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Bluegrass Weather Report – 3/24/15

Here’s our Special Bluegrass Correspondent with this week’s Bluegrass Weather Report, looking in on three big events going on in Ohio, Virginia, and South Carolina.  

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Little River Bluegrass Barn joins Virginia’s Crooked Road

The Crooked Road is what the Commonwealth of Virginia calls its roots music tourism agency, established in 2004 to promote the folk and roots music heritage of the Blue Ridge region. It really is a road, set up as a driving tour, winding 330 miles through the […]

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Ralph Stanley touring with T. Graham Brown

Over the past 15 years, contemporary music lovers of every kind have come to the same realization that bluegrass fans have shared for years. And that is that Ralph Stanley is a musical legend and a national treasure. We’ve known it since he started performing with his […]

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Rocky Top comes to Rocky Top, TN

Many readers will remember a story last summer about a successful proposition to change to name of Lake City, a small town in east Tennessee, to Rocky Top, TN. There was a degree of opposition in Lake City, and the threat of legal action by […]

Latest Reviews

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Larry Sparks is the man!

Driving home yesterday from the Bristol Bluegrass Spring Fest, I was struck by one overwhelming sentiment. What a joy it is to live in a world where Larry Sparks is a superstar. It may not be true everywhere, everytime – I’m sure Mr. Sparks can make it […]

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Friday at Bristol Bluegrass Spring Fest

No matter where you may live, it’s always good news when a new bluegrass event launches, just as it feels like the loss of a friend when one closes down. Here in Bristol, Virginia this weekend, we’re watching the first iteration of a new festival, the […]

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Wherever I Wander – Snyder Family Band

How often do we discover bright young talent in family bands? The dynamic seems to entice and encourage the growth of budding pickers, who often develop rapidly in this supportive environment. It seems we never lack for examples, and here’s another. The Snyder Family has […]

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Adkins & Loudermilk

Adkins & Loudermilk hit with a bang when they announced their partnership back in November of 2013, with reverberations sounding across bluegrass music. Edgar Loudermilk left his position on bass and harmony vocals with IIIrd Tyme Out, and Dave Adkins dissolved his own band to […]

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Band of Ruhks: Old Pals, New Music

Who cares that geezer rocker Steven Tyler is making a country record? We’ve got real reason to celebrate: Ronnie Bowman made a new bluegrass record! Bowman, who has spent most of his time in country music since leaving the Lonesome River Band in 2001, has […]

Recent Bluegrass Today News

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Heartstrings coming from Trinity River Band

| March 26, 2015 | 0 Comments

Orange Blossom Records has announced a May 12 release date for Heartstrings, the next album from Trinity River Band. This popular contemporary bluegrass group consists of the Harris family from Callahan, FL. Mike and Lisa Harris started the band when their three children were much […]

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Antique Persuasion bringing Carter Family back

| March 25, 2015 | 0 Comments

Nashville music publisher and producer Jimmy Metts has created a new tribute to The Carter Family, due for release in the next few weeks. Entitled Don’t Forget Me Little Darling, the album features a dozen Carter classics performed by a special project group called Antique […]

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Dry Branch Fire Squad to Quicksilver Productions

| March 25, 2015 | 0 Comments

Quicksilver Productions has announced the signing of the venerable Dry Branch Fire Squad for representation services with the agency. The iconic bluegrass band continues to be anchored by the vocal and storytelling prowess of Ron Thomason, with Brian Aldridge on guitar, Tom Boyd on banjo, and Dan […]

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Flatpick Rhythm Guitar – a Joe Carr archive

| March 25, 2015 | 0 Comments

When Joe Carr died just before Christmas last year, we lost not only a talented musician and an engaging performer, but one of the most dedicated and effective teachers in all of bluegrass. After touring for several years as a member of Country Gazette, Joe joined […]

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Down in the wildwood, sittin’ on a log

| March 25, 2015 | 0 Comments

Last week we reran a column of mine about aggressive song-pitching, and I got this email: Hi Chris, I’m a songwriter who just moved to Nashville, and so far I can’t complain. I’ve gotten a song recorded by the bluegrass band Melon Rydge, and on […]

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