• It’s All in the Family – sibling rivalry in bluegrass

    The following bluegrass Thanksgiving reflection is a contribution from James Reams. It’s All in the Family: Sibling Rivalry Between Bluegrass and Old-Time is Just Part of Being Family Thanksgiving ⎯ it’s not a lukewarm kind of holiday. You either look forward to it or you dread […]

    It’s All in the Family – sibling rivalry in bluegrass
    | November 27, 2014 | 0 Comments
  • All About That Brooke

    Here’s a lighthearted video to get you in a holiday mood… During a holiday concert last weekend at the Joy Theatre in Kings Mountain, NC, Darin & Brooke Aldridge had a special arrangement of a popular song to share with the audience.   Those who know […]

    All About That Brooke
    | November 26, 2014 | 0 Comments
  • Bluegrass Mass broadcasts on Thanksgiving Day

    For readers who embrace the spiritual side of the Thanksgiving Day holiday in the United States, here’s a fine suggestion to add to your family ritual. WXXI, a public radio station in Rochester, NY, will broadcast a recording of The World Beloved: A Bluegrass Mass at noon […]

    Bluegrass Mass broadcasts on Thanksgiving Day
    | November 26, 2014 | 0 Comments
  • Thanks… Thanks a lot

    Earlier in the week I was thinking I should weigh in on the recent IBMA board of directors controversy. You know, the one described by one noted bluegrass sage as “the worst crisis in the IBMA since the Galt House elevators failed to stop on […]

    Thanks… Thanks a lot
    | November 26, 2014 | 0 Comments
  • Having a Coffee with ……………. Doyle Lawson

    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.  Doyle Lawson probably doesn’t need any introduction. Nevertheless, let’s […]

    Having a Coffee with ……………. Doyle Lawson
    | November 26, 2014 | 0 Comments

Latest Bluegrass Music News

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Carley Arrowood to Darin & Brooke

Darin & Brooke Aldridge have announced that Carley Arrowood is the new fiddler in their band, filling the spot vacated when Becky Buller left to pursue her solo career earlier this Fall. At just 18 years of age, Carley has already assembled an enviable record […]

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Brotherhood coming in February

Rounder Records has announced February 24, 2015 as the release date for Brotherhood, their first project with The Gibson Brothers. The title refers to the album’s concept, which is a tribute to the many great brother duet teams that have paved the way for what […]

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John Dopyera passes

John Dopyera, Jr, son of the inventor of the Dobro guitar, John Sr, passed away on November 12. He was 85 years old. Though he wasn’t a performer, he had dedicated much of his life to helping promote the instrument his father had developed, and made […]

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Davidsons come up big in Aussie awards nominations

When the nominees were announced for the 2015 Australian Golden Guitar awards on Monday, there was great news for Aussie grassers The Davidson Brothers. Their names were called in four separate categories, including song awards for two tracks from their current Wanderlust CD. Wanderlust was nominated for […]

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Teri Chism to Circa Blue

West Virginia’s Circa Blue has announced that Teri Chism has joined the band on bass. She has been a fixture in the DC-area bluegrass scene for many years, working with Patent Pending and Cliff Waldron & the New Shades of Grass. Upon Cliff’s retirement, Teri […]

Bluegrass At Large

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Timbre – A new case in town

There’s a new player in the impact-resistant flight case game. Peter McMath has launched Timbre Cases, and will soon be producing these high quality instrument cases from his home base in Fredericton, New Brunswick in Canada. They are manufactured using an extrusion process from Kydex thermoplastic, a […]

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Ernie Evans’ cancer fight continues

We reported last week on Ernie Evans undergoing surgery on November 17. A pair of tumorous growths were successfully removed, along with a kidney stone, but subsequent tests have revealed that the cancer remains. Ernie is a very popular performer in Florida, where he tours […]

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Song of the Mountains mural in Marion

The town of Marion, Virgina has become a familiar one to fans of bluegrass music based on the popularity of Song Of The Mountains, a live performance television show that airs on dozens of PBS affiliates across the US. Marion has been a strong supporter […]

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A Quiz – Who Am I?

How well do you know your bluegrass, both contemporary and historic? Check your knowledge of trivia with the questions below. I played with the Lost and Found, the Larry Stephenson Band and the Lonesome River Band before joining Lou Reid and Carolina. Who am I? […]

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Ernie Evans goes under the knife

Ernie Evans, popular Florida performer and festival promoter, is the latest in our bluegrass family to suffer from cancer. Yesterday morning he underwent surgery to remove a pair of tumors that were found in his bladder. It appears that the surgery went well, and Ernie’s […]

Bluegrass in the Media

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All About That Brooke

Here’s a lighthearted video to get you in a holiday mood… During a holiday concert last weekend at the Joy Theatre in Kings Mountain, NC, Darin & Brooke Aldridge had a special arrangement of a popular song to share with the audience.   Those who know […]

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Bluegrass Mass broadcasts on Thanksgiving Day

For readers who embrace the spiritual side of the Thanksgiving Day holiday in the United States, here’s a fine suggestion to add to your family ritual. WXXI, a public radio station in Rochester, NY, will broadcast a recording of The World Beloved: A Bluegrass Mass at noon […]

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2014 Central Canadian Bluegrass Awards

This past Saturday night (11/22) at the Deerhurst Resort in Huntsville, Ontario, winners were announced for the 2014 Central Canadian Bluegrass Awards. These awards are organized and distributed by the Northern Bluegrass Committee, whose members, and members of other affiliated bluegrass clubs, select nominees and winners […]

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This video from Christy Cox

Australian bluegrass/country sensation Kristy Cox has released a new music music video for This, a song from her current album, Living For The Moment. The song has the perfect theme for our upcoming Thanksgiving celebration here in the US, with a message of gratitude for […]

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IBMA Board Statement

The following statement has just been delivered to the membership of the IBMA from its Board of Directors. November 24, 2014 Over the weeks since the Board meeting that began another great World of Bluegrass in Raleigh, our Board has spent a lot of time […]

Latest Events News

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Bluegrass Weather Report – 11/25/14

Here’s our Special Bluegrass Correspondent with this week’s Bluegrass Weather Report, looking at this Thanksgiving weekend’s South Carolina State Bluegrass Festival in Myrtle Beach, SC.  

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Special C does Australia

We heard last week from Greg Cahill, who shared a few words (and photos) about Special Consensus’ recent trip Down Under. Special C made the first band trip to Australia last week to play the MountainGrass festival in Harriettville (about 4 hrs from Melbourne). Our […]

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Terry and Jan Lease retiring

Since 1986, Terry Lease has been actively promoting bluegrass music in Illinois, and surrounding midwestern states. He and his wife, Jan, hosted their first Greater Downstate Indoor Bluegrass Festival in Springfield in November of ’86, and have run it annually this past 28 years. They […]

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Hot Rize in Ann Arbor

Hot Rize made the Ark in Ann Arbor, Michigan one of the current tour stops where they played to a packed house. About a third of the audience were seeing them for the first time. The rest of us were taking a ride back to […]

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Three ReFlecktions on Béla and Abigail in Frederick

This set of reflections on a Béla Fleck/Abigail Washburn concert is a first contribution from Jen Hughes, a new writer we hope to feature semi-regularly at Bluegrass Today. Perfectionism I have always thought Béla Fleck is a perfectionist. I came to this notion not only […]

Latest Reviews

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Claire Lynch’s Holiday!

Claire Lynch has had two projects on her wish list for a while – a CD of holiday songs and one filled with swing tunes. If the festive CD – Holiday! – is any indication of what happens when her musical wishes come true, I […]

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No Trouble on Junior’s Trouble Follows Me

Junior Sisk has been one of the most popular voices in traditional bluegrass over the past several years. Winning IBMA’s for Song of the Year and Album of the Year in 2012, named Male Vocalist of the Year in 2013, and being nominated for a host […]

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Leaving This Town – Tommy Brown and the County Line Grass

Attention young bluegrass bands trying to figure out what is missing in your sound… Have a listen to Leaving This Town, the stellar new release from Tommy Brown and the County Line Grass on Randm Records. If you can generate a small portion of the passion and […]

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Pull Your Savior In – Larry Stephenson Band

An album which begins with the vocal quartet of Larry Stephenson, Jimmy Fortune, David Parmley, and Dale Perry can’t help but be good, and Pull Your Savior In, the newest effort (and fifth all-Gospel project) from the Larry Stephenson Band, doesn’t disappoint. It serves as […]

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Walking Distance – John Mailander

John Mailander is the latest bright light in the fiddle world to emerge from the Berklee College of Music in Boston, where he has studied under the tutelage of Darol Anger and developed into an adventurous and extremely capable player. His debut solo album, Walking Distance, […]

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Rob and Trey play the blues

| November 24, 2014 | 0 Comments

To help promote their new album, Before The Sun Goes Down, Rob Ickes & Trey Hensley have released a music video for one of the tracks, Pride and Joy. The song is a cover of the late Stevie Ray Vaughan’s signature number, and a bold move […]

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Carl Goldstein – Delaware Bluegrass

| November 24, 2014 | 0 Comments

This is the second of an occasional series of features on personalities in the bluegrass music world.  Carl J Goldstein is a co-founder (in 1971), and now Chair, of the Brandywine Friends of Old Time Music (BFOTM) and a Director of the Delaware Valley Bluegrass […]

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An open letter to IBMA from Art Menius

| November 23, 2014 | 0 Comments

This commentary is a contribution from Art Menius, who has been involved with the International Bluegrass Music Association since its inception. He delivered it to the IBMA Board last week, prior to their official meeting on November 19, and has asked us to run it […]

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What is going on with IBMA?

| November 21, 2014 | 0 Comments

Several readers have asked us on Facebook, in comments to our recent articles,  and in direct communications, to try and explain what has led to the current turmoil within the Board of Directors of the International Bluegrass Music Association. So here is, to the best of […]

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For IBMA, Time For A Change

| November 21, 2014 | 0 Comments

It’s time for Jon Weisberger to resign as the chairman of IBMA’s board of directors. I don’t say that lightly. As a lifetime member of the organization, I’ve put $1,000 where my mouth is because I believe in bluegrass music, earn part of my living […]

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