• Home Again released by Wildfire

    This is a big month for Wildfire. They’ve released a new single, signed with a new booking agency, and are looking forward to the release of their first album since 2010 early next year. Let’s take those in turn, shall we? The single is I Want to Go […]

    Home Again released by Wildfire
    | July 23, 2014 | 0 Comments
  • Band photos – don’t do it!

    Chris Jones has found himself stuck in a whirlwind this week, and has offered this re-run of one of his first columns for our enjoyment. Quite some time ago (I think it was just after the breakup of Flatt & Scruggs and the Beatles) I […]

    Band photos – don’t do it!
    | July 23, 2014 | 0 Comments
  • Almost Hear The Blues video from James Reams

    When James Reams decided it was time for him to create a music video, he chose the song Almost Hear The Blues from his 2011 album, One Foot in the Honky Tonk. James has picked up a lot of expertise in the world of film […]

    Almost Hear The Blues video from James Reams
    | July 23, 2014 | 0 Comments
  • Live album coming from Town Mountain

    Town Mountain has always been known as a band that is best experienced live. That’s not a knock on their three fine studio albums, just a recognition from their fans that it’s a show that needs to be seen as well as heard. So it’s […]

    Live album coming from Town Mountain
    | July 22, 2014 | 0 Comments
  • Bluegrass Weather Report – 7/22/14

    Here’s our Special Bluegrass Correspondent with the Bluegrass Weather Report for this week, looking at the RockyGrass festival in Lyons, CO.  

    Bluegrass Weather Report – 7/22/14
    | July 22, 2014 | 0 Comments

Latest Bluegrass Music News

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Home Again released by Wildfire

This is a big month for Wildfire. They’ve released a new single, signed with a new booking agency, and are looking forward to the release of their first album since 2010 early next year. Let’s take those in turn, shall we? The single is I Want to Go […]

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Live album coming from Town Mountain

Town Mountain has always been known as a band that is best experienced live. That’s not a knock on their three fine studio albums, just a recognition from their fans that it’s a show that needs to be seen as well as heard. So it’s […]

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US release for Mustered Courage

We’ve posted a number of videos from Australia’s Mustered Courage, another group that uses the familiar bluegrass instrumentation to perform and record original music drawn from outside the old time or bluegrass tradition. It’s a very appealing sound that has won them a great many fans Down Under. […]

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Earls of Leicester in September

Jerry Douglas’ next project is something of a departure for him. Typically a decidedly forward-loooking artist focused on new music, the Dobro master is turning his gaze back to the 1950s for The Earls of Leicester, a Flatt & Scruggs tribute project he has organized with […]

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Old River from Nightflyer

Nightflyer has released a debut single from their upcoming album, Rail River & Road. It’s their version of Hazel Dickens’ Old River, sung by banjo picker Ronnie Stewart, with guitarist Richard Propps taking the tenor. It’s a real vocal showpiece, certain to tickle the fancy of anyone […]

Bluegrass At Large

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Huber announces the Workhorse Banjo

Huber Banjos has been known for building prewar replica banjos of the highest quality, for the most discriminating players. But their newest model, dubbed The Workhorse, sets a different goal. Officially introduced this week, their latest entry is designed to offer the quality workmanship that has been […]

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Band Aid video contest goes bluegrass

When you scrape a knee or cut your finger, do you think bluegrass? Well that’s what Mary Eddy of Parkersburg, WV did when she learned that Band Aid was running a video contest. She grabbed up her bluegrass picking songs, Jake and Carter, and following […]

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Jesse McReynolds 85th Birthday Roast

To celebrate Jesse McReynolds’ 85th birthday earlier this month, family, friends and neighbors of the bluegrass mandolin legend got together at Jesse’s home outside of Nashville for a birthday tribute in the form of a celebrity roast. Popular radio host Harv Mason served as the roastmaster, with stories […]

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Bourgeois announces limited edition Bryan Sutton model

Bourgeois Guitars has announced their latest model, The Bryan Sutton Limited Edition (LE) Dreadnaught, which will be crafted in a limited run of thirty guitars. This is designed as a replica of Bryan’s 1997 D-150 Bourgeois, the one he used during his time with Ricky Skaggs, and on […]

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Preddyfest promoter injured in shooting

Rodney Preddy, who has managed and promoted PreddyFest this past 16 years in Franklinton, NC, was seriously injured in the early hours of this morning. While returning home from Roxboro, NC last night, he was struck in the eye by a bullet fired from outside […]

Bluegrass in the Media

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Almost Hear The Blues video from James Reams

When James Reams decided it was time for him to create a music video, he chose the song Almost Hear The Blues from his 2011 album, One Foot in the Honky Tonk. James has picked up a lot of expertise in the world of film […]

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Live album coming from Town Mountain

Town Mountain has always been known as a band that is best experienced live. That’s not a knock on their three fine studio albums, just a recognition from their fans that it’s a show that needs to be seen as well as heard. So it’s […]

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The making of Too video from Flatt Lonesome

Mountain Home Music has released a video to help introduce bluegrass fans to Flatt Lonesome and their newly-released album, Too. It involves a group discussion with the band, and some clips of them in the studio laying it down. As they explain in the video, […]

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Earls of Leicester in September

Jerry Douglas’ next project is something of a departure for him. Typically a decidedly forward-loooking artist focused on new music, the Dobro master is turning his gaze back to the 1950s for The Earls of Leicester, a Flatt & Scruggs tribute project he has organized with […]

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Twilight Zone video from Stringcaster

Stringcaster is a Dutch band that was formed to celebrate a variety of American music, including blues, rockabilly, country and bluegrass. They’re a rowdy bunch, featuring Ralf Wychge on mandolin, banjo, lead vocals and harmonica, Jimmy Ellis on fiddle and mandolin, Robert van Driesten on harmonica and banjo, Martin Voogd […]

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Bluegrass Weather Report – 7/22/14

Here’s our Special Bluegrass Correspondent with the Bluegrass Weather Report for this week, looking at the RockyGrass festival in Lyons, CO.  

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US release for Mustered Courage

We’ve posted a number of videos from Australia’s Mustered Courage, another group that uses the familiar bluegrass instrumentation to perform and record original music drawn from outside the old time or bluegrass tradition. It’s a very appealing sound that has won them a great many fans Down Under. […]

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Bluegrass on the Grass 2014

Frank Baker has shared this gallery of photos he took at Bluegrass on the Grass, held on the campus of Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania this past weekend.  

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Bluegrass Weather Report – 7/15/14

Here’s our Special Bluegrass Correspondent with this week’s Bluegrass Weather Report, looking at the Grey Fox festival in Oak Hill, New York.

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Red Wing Roots 2014

The photos in this article were taken by Milo Farineau, and the report is from his son, Kirby. Only two seasons into its lifespan, Red Wing Roots Festival has already won the love, support, and excitement of the thousands of attendees who visited last weekend. The […]

Latest Reviews

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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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Somewhere Far Away – Bradford Lee Folk

In the 1960’s, country star Hank Snow sang “I’ve been everywhere, man.” Although Bradford Lee Folk didn’t include that song on his recent album Somewhere Far Away, his background gives him a legitimate claim to it. Folk was born in Louisiana, raised in Missouri, moved […]

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Behind The Mic with Buddy Merriam

| July 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

Mandolin player Buddy Merriam might be one of the most open-minded bluegrass traditionalists around. Although he professes to a deep love of first-generation bluegrass, particularly the stylings of Bill Monroe, in his role as host of the popular Blue Grass Time radio show on WUSB […]

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Last of the Breed in the stretch run

| July 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

Last of the Breed, a documentary film on the life and music of Dave Evans, is rounding the final pole, heading in to the back stretch. Filmmaker Matthew Pellowski tells us that he is now starting post production, with a hope to release the final […]

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Roy McMillan – Ray Edwards pays tribute

| July 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

Roy McMillan passed away on July 5, 2014, at his home in Lewisville, North Carolina, after experiencing many years of serious ill health. He was 84 years old. Roy Berlin McMillan was born May 17, 1930, in Fancy Gap in Carroll County, Virginia. When he […]

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Bluegrass band master class at World of Bluegrass

| July 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

The IBMA has announced a new seminar for World of Bluegrass Week in Raleigh this year. It’s a band coaching session held in a master class format with Stephen Mougin of the Sam Bush Band. In addition to his work as guitarist with Bush, Mojo is […]

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J.D.’s Bluegrass Kitchen from CBA

| July 16, 2014 | 0 Comments

Bluegrass festivals and fiddler’s conventions are a feast for all the senses. The sights and sounds are obvious wherever live music is performed, as is the touch for anyone joining in the picking. But for real die-hard festival lovers, the tastes and smells of outdoor […]

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