• New Dailey & Vincent projects coming from Cracker Barrel

    Dailey & Vincent have announced the April 27 release of their next album, Alive! In Concert, recorded on stage at the Hylton Performing Arts Center at George Mason University on September 13, 2014. That show was captured in both audio and video, with a DVD release […]

    New Dailey & Vincent projects coming from Cracker Barrel
    | March 2, 2015 | 0 Comments
  • Country Boy banjo tabs from Greg Cahill

    Greg Cahill has announced the availability of a book of banjo tab transcriptions that match the most recent Special Consensus album, Country Boy – A Bluegrass Tribute To John Denver. The book contains tablature for all of the banjo played on the record, solos and […]

    Country Boy banjo tabs from Greg Cahill
    | March 2, 2015 | 0 Comments
  • The Music of the Stanley Brothers – Gary B Reid

    I have to declare upfront that I had a peek at an early draft of this book. Also, over the years (from about 1981), I have watched Reid gather together the building materials that have gone towards the writing of The Music of the Stanley Brothers.  […]

    The Music of the Stanley Brothers – Gary B Reid
    | March 2, 2015 | 0 Comments
  • A Washington Monument Steps Back

    On the night that he won a coveted award, Ben Eldridge had a bit of a secret to share. “I’m cutting back,” the last original member of the Seldom Scene said between signing CDs after the band’s set Friday night at the DC Bluegrass Union […]

    A Washington Monument Steps Back
    | March 2, 2015 | 0 Comments
  • J.D. Crowe capo from Elliott

    Hot on the heels of his Tony Rice signature guitar capo, Phill Elliott has introduced a signature banjo capo for J.D. Crowe. This is a stainless steel device of the highest quality and is available in a number of top bar widths, for either flat […]

    J.D. Crowe capo from Elliott
    | February 27, 2015 | 0 Comments

Latest Bluegrass Music News

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New Dailey & Vincent projects coming from Cracker Barrel

Dailey & Vincent have announced the April 27 release of their next album, Alive! In Concert, recorded on stage at the Hylton Performing Arts Center at George Mason University on September 13, 2014. That show was captured in both audio and video, with a DVD release […]

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Country Boy banjo tabs from Greg Cahill

Greg Cahill has announced the availability of a book of banjo tab transcriptions that match the most recent Special Consensus album, Country Boy – A Bluegrass Tribute To John Denver. The book contains tablature for all of the banjo played on the record, solos and […]

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NewTown signs with Moonstruck Management

Moonstruck Management has announced that the bluegrass band, NewTown, is the latest to sign with their agency. Though the group has been together for several years, they made a big leap in 2013 with the release of Time Machine, their first album with Pisgah Ridge […]

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New members to Cumberland Gap Connection

We heard today from Mike Bentley with news about his group, Cumberland Gap Connection. Mike tells us that he has brought two new members on board, Jeff Smith on bass and Josh Brown on guitar. They join Mike on guitar, Rod Smith on banjo and Matt Hiser on […]

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Frank Solivan with the Earls

Frank Solivan landed a high-profile fill-in gig while his band, Dirty Kitchen, is on its winter break. He’s playing 10 gigs with the Earls of Leicester, the all-star band channeling Flatt and Scruggs. Solivan, fresh off a Grammy nomination, will be filling in for Tim […]

Bluegrass At Large

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Country Boy banjo tabs from Greg Cahill

Greg Cahill has announced the availability of a book of banjo tab transcriptions that match the most recent Special Consensus album, Country Boy – A Bluegrass Tribute To John Denver. The book contains tablature for all of the banjo played on the record, solos and […]

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A Washington Monument Steps Back

On the night that he won a coveted award, Ben Eldridge had a bit of a secret to share. “I’m cutting back,” the last original member of the Seldom Scene said between signing CDs after the band’s set Friday night at the DC Bluegrass Union […]

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J.D. Crowe capo from Elliott

Hot on the heels of his Tony Rice signature guitar capo, Phill Elliott has introduced a signature banjo capo for J.D. Crowe. This is a stainless steel device of the highest quality and is available in a number of top bar widths, for either flat […]

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Junior Sisk on the mend

Junior Sisk has had a rough couple of weeks since his spinal cord surgery on February 12. He came through the surgery just fine, but had a tough few days in the immediate aftermath with pain and swelling. The surgery was to relieve pressure on […]

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Eddie and Martha Adcock recovering after serious auto accident

Martha Adcock shared this report of the horrifying car crash she and Eddie were in over this past weekend. Both vehicles were demolished but, in the good news side of the equation, both she and Eddie are likely to fully recover. Here is her description… I […]

Bluegrass in the Media

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Collecting James King stories

C.J. Lewandowski has undertaken an ambitious project. While traveling this year with James King, he will be recording interviews with James with an eye toward assembling them into a book on the bluegrass storyteller. James has agreed to this venture, and is enthusiastic about seeing […]

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Long Gone video from The Gibson Brothers

Rounder Records has released a new music video from The Gibson’s Brothers’ Brotherhood CD, which dropped earlier this week. It’s a sort of rockabilly track, a blues number the boys learned from The York Brothers, a Kentucky brother duet who cut this originally in 1958.  

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Live streaming from Wintergrass

In addition to their ongoing Bluegrass Roundup, concluding this weekend, Concert Window will be broadcasting Friday and Saturday from Wintergrass in Bellevue, WA. The festival begins today, and runs through Sunday. Concert Window will be broadcasting from the Third Place Cedar Stage on the evenings […]

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Ben Eldridge to accept 2015 Monument Award

Forty-four years after he invited some friends over to play music in his Bethesda, MD, basement, Ben Eldridge is on a roll. Last fall, he and other original members of the Seldom Scene were inducted into IBMA’s bluegrass hall of fame. This Friday, he’ll receive […]

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IBMA Showcase application deadline this week

The good folks at the International Bluegrass Music Association asked us to remind everyone that this Saturday is the deadline to get your application in for an official showcase spot during the Bluegrass Ramble at the 2015 World of Bluegrass convention in Raleigh, NC. The […]

Latest Events News

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Bluegrass Weather Report – 2/24/15

Here’s our Special Bluegrass Correspondent with a look at this week’s Bluegrass Weather Report, previewing the DC Bluegrass Festival in Northern Virginia.  

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Saturday at Palatka 2015

Breaking Grass opened the final day of the 11th edition of the Palatka Bluegrass Festival. They are a young, high energy band that does primarily original music. The Dry Branch Fire Squad came back for the 2nd day. Ron Thomason’s humor and old time music won the […]

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Friday at Palatka 2015

The Spinney Brothers opened the second day of the 2015 Palatka Bluegrass Festival. They are becoming crowd favorites at every show. The VW Boys then brought their unique combination of comedy, music, and magic to the stage. They are always a hit. Dry Branch Fire […]

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Thursday at Palatka 2015

It was a sunny, bright, and chilly day to open 11th Palatka Bluegrass Festival on February 19th at the Rodeheaver Boys Ranch in Palatka, Florida. The bands played to a big and enthusiastic crowd. Alan Sibley and the Magnolia Ramblers opened the show with rock […]

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Entries being accepted for KSMU Youth in Bluegrass

Silver Dollar City is now accepting applications to compete in the 14th annual KSMU Youth in Bluegrass Band Contest during the final weekend of the park’s Bluegrass and BBQ festival. The competition is open to young bands where all members are 21 or younger, with exceptions given […]

Latest Reviews

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The Music of the Stanley Brothers – Gary B Reid

I have to declare upfront that I had a peek at an early draft of this book. Also, over the years (from about 1981), I have watched Reid gather together the building materials that have gone towards the writing of The Music of the Stanley Brothers.  […]

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Pray For Rain – Blue Mafia

Blue Mafia really caught my attention with their 2013 debut CD, My Cold Heart. It boasted of three strong lead singers, and a powerful new songwriting voice, plus the sort of dynamic guitar playing that sets the tracks on fire. Over the past two years, the […]

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Brotherhood – The Gibson Brothers

In debates surrounding regional chauvinism in the roots of bluegrass music, New York’s Gibson Brothers are often posited as modern exemplars of a sound that isn’t dominated by cultural and musical conventions of the American south. It’s true that their music is based on a brother […]

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Snapshots – Darin & Brooke Aldridge

Largely thanks to cheerful love songs like Corn, Lonely Ends Where Love Begins, and That’s Just Me Loving You, husband and wife duo Darin and Brooke Aldridge have become known as the “Sweethearts of Bluegrass.” While there are a few love songs on their latest […]

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That Was Then – Springfield Exit

One of my biggest gripes as a lover of bluegrass music is to hear terrific picking and singing on a CD only to hear that the band in question can’t replicate that sound – or even come close – on the stage. Such bands would […]

Recent Bluegrass Today News

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The Story behind the Song – Church in the Wildwood  

| February 26, 2015 | 0 Comments

Church in the Wildwood isn’t a recently written song. It was actually composed in 1857 by a young music teacher named William S Pitts as a result of a June visit to Bradford, Iowa. Pitts was on a stagecoach ride that stopped at the town. […]

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Arrangements for Monroe Fields – UPDATED

| February 25, 2015 | 0 Comments

For friends of Monroe Fields in the Knoxville area, here are the details about his funeral arrangements for tomorrow. Services will be held in the chapel at Bridges Funeral Home in Knoxville, TN on February 26 at 7:00 p.m. The family will visit with all comers […]

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Counterintuitive business strategies for bluegrass bands

| February 25, 2015 | 0 Comments

The word “counterintuitive” has definitely earned its place among the most overused words and phrases of the last 10 years, like “frankly” (the favorite of politicians, and that may cover the last 20 years), “twerk,” “going forward,” “at the end of the day,” and “rock […]

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Ralph Stanley is 88 years young

| February 25, 2015 | 0 Comments

Today is a special day in bluegrass music, the 88th birthday of the great Ralph Stanley. And with 68 years of touring behind him, what will he be doing to celebrate? Ralph will be taking his Clinch Mountain Boys to Nashville for two nights on […]

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Good news from Ernie Evans

| February 24, 2015 | 0 Comments

Good news coming in from Ernie Evans in Florida, who has been treated of late for the bladder cancer which was diagnosed back in November. The bluegrass entertainer and festival promoter had a pair of cancerous growths removed surgically last year, which was followed by […]

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