Jamie Johnson has asked us to share a statement as he departs The Grascals. He was an original, founding member of the band, which got it’s start as Dolly Parton’s Nashville-based road band when she was doing a more bluegrass sound. Touring with them for […]
Change is something of a constant in the bluegrass world, just as it is in the arts in general. We’ve become accustomed to seeing new faces in our favorite groups from time to time, which makes bands that display consistency all the more special and […]
When Bill Yates passed away in January, many people wondered what would become of the band he had created, billed as Bill Yates & the Country Gentlemen Tribute Band. He had assembled the group to perform the old songs the Gentlemen had recorded during his […]
Benjamin Franklin ‘Tex’ Logan passed away peacefully on Friday evening, April 24, 2015; he was 87 years old. He had had a heart attack and experienced renal failure in his last few days. We are working on a tribute/remembrance and hope to post that in […]
It may be a bit chilly at MerleFest this year, but the competition was hot for the 2015 Chris Austin Songwriting Contest this afternoon at the festival. Three finalists in four categories performed their songs live on stage for the judges, who included Peter Rowan, […]
Through his daughter, Jody, we have learned that renowned fiddler and bluegrass personality, Tex Logan, is in very poor health. He has been hospitalized for much of April with a variety of issues, but has just recently suffered a heart attack and is experiencing kidney […]
Airplay Direct, the file-sharing system that serves artists, music labels and radio programmers, has announced Sam Passamano of Rural Rhythm Records as the recipient of their second annual Iconic Innovators Award. In addition to the honor, this award comes with a free Airplay Direct marketing campaign […]
Renowned studio engineer and producer Bil VornDick has teamed up with mega-music retailer Sweetwater, and Chicago grassers The House Carpenters to offer a 3-day recording seminar in Fort Wayne, IN. It is scheduled for April 23-25. VornDick is among the most celebrated acoustic music engineers […]
Folks in south central Virginia have known Jody King for years, both as a first rate musician on banjo, mandolin, and guitar, and as an inveterate tinkerer, prone to experiment with instrument design, especially on the five string. He’s a fixture at local shows and […]
We have learned that noted Nashville guitar builder and luthier Mike Long has suffered a stroke. It occurred last Thursday and, for the time being, he is unable to speak and is experiencing difficulty swallowing. He had just returned home from the hospital yesterday, but […]
Revival: The Sam Bush Story, which debuted last week during the Nashville Film Festival, was announced as the winner of the festival’s Audience Choice Award for best music documentary. It had two showings during the festival, and the premiere turned into a major news event […]
When it was announced in January that The Hillbenders would be releasing a bluegrass version of The Who’s classic rock opera, Tommy, one of the first songs that came to mind was the fiendishly creepy Tommy’s Holiday Camp. How would that work in a bluegrass […]
When Swedish grassers G2 made the trip to Nashville in the Spring of 2014 to record their current CD, Mind Over Matter, they came with filmmaker David Elfgren in tow. He was on hand to capture the process, from the first meeting between the band and […]
We caught up yesterday with Tim Surrett, bassist with Balsam Range, producer and worker bee at Mountain Home Music, and the new Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of the IBMA. He’s also a dedicated husband and father, and when we spoke on Tuesday, […]
The International Bluegrass Music Association has announced the invited showcase acts for the 2015 World of Bluegrass, held in Raleigh, NC (September 29 – October 2). These artists and bands were selected by a panel of music experts, and will perform at various time during […]
The organizers of the 2015 Old Settler’s Music Festival in Driftwood, TX shared a number of stage photos taken by John Grubbs. This was the 28th annual event in the Texas Hill Country.
On April 3, Melvin Goins brought his band, Windy Mountain, to the Kentuckians of Michigan in Romulus, MI. The crowd enjoyed an evening of Melvin’s great bluegrass music. During a set break Melvin was presented a memories cane carved by our own Chopper, who makes carved […]
Here’s our Special Bluegrass Correspondent with this week’s Bluegrass Weather Report, looking at the inaugural Rocky Top Bluegrass Festival in Rocky Top, TN.
Here’s our Special Bluegrass Correspondent with this week’s Bluegrass Weather Report, looking at the Arcadia Bluegrass Festival in Maryland. Go be with ‘em.
Here’s our Special Bluegrass Correspondent with this week’s Bluegrass Weather Report, looking at the Big Lick Bluegrass Festival in Oakboro, NC.
Austin, Texas-based band Wood & Wire, which has recently released its second full-length album, The Coast, is one of the most energetic young bluegrass bands I’ve heard recently. Their music is an interesting combination of rough and polished, where solid instrumentation mixed with frenetic picking […]
Traveling Show is the third album from the aptly-named Songs From The Road Band, which is a side project led by Charles Humphrey III, the bassist for Steep Canyon Rangers. This project is a testament to one of the unique traits that makes bluegrass so […]
Finally! The 2014 film How To Write A Banjo Concerto, which follows Béla Fleck through the process of conceiving and composing The Imposter, is being released to video on demand. Starting tomorrow, April 21, viewers will be able to watch the movie through iTunes, Amazon, Vimeo […]
So what appears in my mailbox this week but a pre-release copy of Johnny & Charlie’s latest salute to the great instrumental sound of Flatt & Scruggs! Glory Hallelujah Land! Same band as their 2011 Tribute to Paul Warren Vol. 2: Del McCoury, Jerry Douglas, […]
Every so often a recording gets by us. It may be that we didn’t receive a copy, or sometimes one just gets lost in the shuffle among the dozens of CDs we get each month. One such case is reNew, the 2014 project from Pat Flynn. Most […]
Recent Bluegrass Today News
Jack Hatfield reminded us yesterday that his Smoky Mountain Banjo Academy has moved back to Pigeon Forge, TN, and will be held in the barn adjacent to his business. The Academy grew out of the remnants of the Maryland Banjo Academy, which was run by the staff […]more
Rounder Records has released a first single from The Muscle Shoals Recording by The Steeldrivers. It’s a new song from guitarist/vocalist Gary Nichols, Brother John, which includes an acoustic slide guitar solo from Jason Isbell, country rock singer/songwriter and Nichols’ childhood friend who co-produced the track. […]more
The South Carolina Broadcasters, a bluegrass and old time group from North Carolina, have announced the addition of Andy Edmonds to the band on fiddle. Edmonds, from Pilot Mountain, was raised in a family of traditional musicians, and learned the fine art of fiddle while […]more
Is there possible gainful employment after being a professional bluegrass musician most of your life? I realize it’s a question that very few full time bluegrass pros ever ask, because they almost never retire. Sometimes they stop working, but that’s not necessarily the same thing. No, […]more
NewTown will have a new look the next time you catch them on stage. The Kentucky-based band, and Mountain Home recording artists fronted by Jr. Williams and Kati Penn-Williams, has a couple of changes to announce. They had been working with fill-in bass players for […]more