• Position available at IBMA

    The International Bluegrass Music Association is looking to fill a new, part-time position at their Nashville headquarters. Here is the official notification: The International Bluegrass Music Association is accepting resumes through August 25, 2014 for a Member Services Specialist: a “customer service,” contract staff position. […]

    Position available at IBMA
    | August 1, 2014 | 0 Comments
  • Ronnie Freeland passes

    Ronnie Freeland, noted bluegrass recording engineer, passed away on July 20 following complications from brain cancer. He was 55 years old. Born May 30, 1959, Ronald (RB) Freeland was the son of Dick Freeland, who owned and ran Rebel Records in the 1960s and ’70s […]

    Ronnie Freeland passes
    | August 1, 2014 | 0 Comments
  • Behind The Mic with David Blakeny

    Bluegrass is a tricky sort of music. As musicians and fans, we want to make sure to honor the past. For many folks, it doesn’t get much better than Bill Monroe’s 1945-46 band. However, Monroe and most of the other first-generation artists are gone now, […]

    Behind The Mic with David Blakeny
    | July 31, 2014 | 0 Comments
  • Jason Burleson back with Blue Highway

    We are delighted to report that Jason Burleson has been released from the hospital in Le Puy en Velay, France, and has been reunited with his Blue Highway brethren at the La Roche Bluegrass Festival. Upon arriving in France last week, Jason did one performance […]

    Jason Burleson back with Blue Highway
    | July 31, 2014 | 0 Comments
  • Live album coming from Chris Jones

    Live At The Old Feed Store will be the next release from Chris Jones & the Night Drivers. Recorded on two successive nights in Cobden, IL during the summer of 2013, it is due to hit October 7. Often live albums are trotted out as a fresher take […]

    Live album coming from Chris Jones
    | July 31, 2014 | 0 Comments

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Ronnie Freeland passes

Ronnie Freeland, noted bluegrass recording engineer, passed away on July 20 following complications from brain cancer. He was 55 years old. Born May 30, 1959, Ronald (RB) Freeland was the son of Dick Freeland, who owned and ran Rebel Records in the 1960s and ’70s […]

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Live album coming from Chris Jones

Live At The Old Feed Store will be the next release from Chris Jones & the Night Drivers. Recorded on two successive nights in Cobden, IL during the summer of 2013, it is due to hit October 7. Often live albums are trotted out as a fresher take […]

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The new Monroe Mandolin Camp

With the International Bluegrass Music Museum’s decision to broaden the scope of their mandolin camp rather than continue to specialize in the Monroe style, master mandolin player Mike Compton has decided to set up a camp to fill the void. The first of these new […]

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Sneak peek from new Hot Rize CD

Hot Rize has released a single track from their upcoming reunion album, due sometime this Fall. It’s Blue Is Falling, the opening track on the CD whose title has not yet been announced. The single (and the album) features three original members of the band, […]

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Gary Phelps passes

Another Washington State grasser down. Gary Phelps passed away suddenly from a heart attack on July 22, 2014, while at Providence St. Peter Hospital, Olympia, Washington. Gary Eldon Phelps was born in Olympia, Washington, on November 27, 1939. He served in the Navy, touring the […]

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Jason Burleson back with Blue Highway

We are delighted to report that Jason Burleson has been released from the hospital in Le Puy en Velay, France, and has been reunited with his Blue Highway brethren at the La Roche Bluegrass Festival. Upon arriving in France last week, Jason did one performance […]

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Can I Get A Volunteer?

Can I Get A Volunteer, the single from country artist Heather Jakeman may not be a sensation yet in Nashville, but you can bet it will be getting a lot of attention in Knoxville this Fall. It turns out that the song is set to be […]

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Lance LeRoy’s moving sale

How much memorabilia would a prominent bluegrass promoter and talent agent accumulate in a lifetime? If you live near Nashville you have a chance to find out this week when Lance LeRoy holds a moving sale. LeRoy is the founder of the Lancer Agency, and […]

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Jason Burleson out of the ICU

Wonderful news from France… We just heard again from French banjo player Jean-Marc Delon, who lives quite near the hospital where Blue Highway banjoist Jason Burleson has been treated for an internal bleed this past few days. Just as the band arrived in France for a […]

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Mark Hodges shows his generous side

Anyone who has had dealings with Mountain Fever Records knows label head Mark Hodges to be a jovial fellow. A bear of a man, Mark is always quick with a quip, or a self-deprecating comment, and when he laughs you have no choice but to […]

Bluegrass in the Media

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Position available at IBMA

The International Bluegrass Music Association is looking to fill a new, part-time position at their Nashville headquarters. Here is the official notification: The International Bluegrass Music Association is accepting resumes through August 25, 2014 for a Member Services Specialist: a “customer service,” contract staff position. […]

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Behind The Mic with David Blakeny

Bluegrass is a tricky sort of music. As musicians and fans, we want to make sure to honor the past. For many folks, it doesn’t get much better than Bill Monroe’s 1945-46 band. However, Monroe and most of the other first-generation artists are gone now, […]

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IBMA Film Festival announces attractions

The films to be screened during the debut IBMA Bluegrass Film Festival at the 2014 World of Bluegrass Convention have been announced. Eight different projects will be shown, including a pair of highlight films that were selected for special merit. All have been profiled here […]

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The Osborne Brothers on WSM tonight

Eddie Stubbs has an interview scheduled on WSM tonight (7/28) that should be appointment radio for anyone who appreciates bluegrass history, or has a fascination with the music of The Osborne Brothers. Or anyone who simply enjoys good radio. From 8:00-10:00 p.m. (CDT), Eddie will speak […]

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Bankesters behind the scenes video

The Bankesters have created a behind-the-scenes video about the making of their latest music video. It’s for the song, Found, written in support of This Able Veteran, an organization that trains service dogs to assist returning veterans who are suffering from PTSD and other maladies. […]

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Photos from Northwest String Summit

These photos from Oregon’s Northwest String Summit were taken by Todd Powers.

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Bluegrass Weather Report – 7/29/14

Here’s our Special Bluegrass Correspondent with this week’s Bluegrass Weather Report, looking in on the Pickin’ In Parsons festival in West Virginia.  

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Big news from Outer Banks Bluegrass Fest

The Outer Banks Bluegrass Festival has a wealth of amenities to brag about. I mean, an outdoor festival in October, in North Carolina’s beautiful Outer Banks, with a stage backed up to the water… Throw in top talent and a Boomgrass fireworks display on Friday night and […]

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Marshall Bluegrass Festival photos

The Thursday crowd at the Marshall Bluegrass Festival held in Marshall, Michigan at the Calhoun County Fairgrounds was greeted by the promoter and host band member, Jeremie Cole. The first band up was a local group, Breakline, that included host band member, Kurt Hickman, and […]

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Della Mae in Brazil

While much of the world’s attention was focused on Brazil earlier this month, Della Mae was touring the country spreading the bluegrass message on behalf of the US government. Mandolinist Jenni Lyn Gardner sent this brief report on their activities. In the midst of the […]

Latest Reviews

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On Down The Line – Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper

Few musicians garner the universal respect of Michael Cleveland. A child prodigy, Michael won the hearts of the entire bluegrass industry in 1993 as a member of the IBMA Youth All-Stars. Since that time, he has gone on to perform and record with nearly everyone in the […]

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Pre War Dobros examined in new book

As is true for most students of the bluegrass instruments, resonator guitarists are especially enamored of the instruments made just prior to the US entry into WWII. In the late 1930s and early ’40s, almost all of the reso-guitars were being made by a pair of […]

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Country Livin’ – The Easy Ramblers

As much as the popular media might want us to, all bluegrass fans don’t live in an old homeplace in the Blue Ridge Mountains. However, that doesn’t mean that those images don’t stay popular in this style of music. Some of the best bluegrass songs […]

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Flatt Lonesome, Too

The bluegrass world was turned on its ears last January following the debut album of a bunch of young people from Florida. Flatt Lonesome won SPBGMA’s band competition in 2012,  and nabbed a nomination for IBMA’s Emerging Artist of the Year in 2013, an impressive feat […]

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Rachel Burge & Blue Dawning

West Virginia singer, songwriter, and mandolinist, Rachel Burge, first came to our attention as a member of No One You Know, a bluegrass group formerly based in the Mountaineer State. Their clever band name served them well in generating curiosity, one that may have been based on the […]

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What I did at Summer Kamp

| July 30, 2014 | 0 Comments

‘Tis the season for the bluegrass music camp, and my band and I just returned recently from a great week at Camp Bluegrass, held annually at South Plains College in Levelland, TX. In a typical music camp of any kind, there are the regular instrument classes […]

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Having a Coffee with … Amy Gallatin

| July 30, 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.  Born in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, Amy Gallatin grew up […]

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Carl Chatski passes

| July 28, 2014 | 0 Comments

The Seattle bluegrass music community has lost a long-time member in the person of Carl Chatski, who passed away unexpectedly July 24 at the age of 75. Originally from Baltimore, MD, Carl had lived in the Seattle, WA area for some time. As a younger man, he […]

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Songwriter Profile – Milan Miller

| July 28, 2014 | 0 Comments

Milan Miller started learning guitar around the age of five. Guitar is his primary instrument, but he also plays the mandolin, bass, piano, and “just enough banjo and Dobro to get myself into trouble.” Miller’s song catalog includes such Balsam Range staples as Calloway County […]

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Jake Schepps injured coming home from RockyGrass

| July 27, 2014 | 0 Comments

More bad 5 string news this weekend. Colorado banjo picker and occasional Bluegrass Today correspondent, Jake Schepps, was seriously injured in a head-on collision heading home from RockyGrass on Saturday night. He was transported to Boulder Community Hospital where he underwent surgery in the early hours of the morning.  Now in […]

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