• Artist2Artist: Andy Statman – What is it to be Ferocious?

    You know what drives me nuts? It’s pretty simple. It’s for me to be on stage and play a fiddle note that is not good quality. Mind you, it can be one note in thousands — or it can be a bunch of poorly delivered […]

    Artist2Artist: Andy Statman – What is it to be Ferocious?
    | May 4, 2015 | 0 Comments
  • Bob Webster is back on Air 

    Those of us who remember with fondness Bob Webster’s stint on WAMU will be pleased to know that he is back on air. Webster has joined the crew at Rockingham County Radio for his own three hour program commencing at noon this Wednesday, May 6, […]

    Bob Webster is back on Air 
    | May 4, 2015 | 0 Comments
  • Luke Munday to Marty Raybon

    Marty Raybon has announced Luke Monday as his new banjo player with Full Circle. Luke has actually been out with Marty for the past few months, but now it’s official. This is Munday’s second stint with Marty, and he is really psyched for the opportunity. “I’m really excited […]

    Luke Munday to Marty Raybon
    | May 3, 2015 | 0 Comments
  • IBMA issues call for submissions for 2nd film festival

    The International Bluegrass Music Association has issued a call for submissions to their second Bluegrass Film Festival, to be held during the World of Bluegrass/Wide Open Bluegrass week in Raleigh, NC from September 29-October 3. Two featured films will be shown both during the World of […]

    IBMA issues call for submissions for 2nd film festival
    | May 1, 2015 | 0 Comments
  • Brown County Red video from IIIrd Tyme Out

    When Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out taped a show for Bluegrass Underground earlier this year, a couple of audience videos popped up, including this clip of Brown County Red, a radio single that just debuted at #1 on our Bluegrass Today Weekly Airplay Chart. It’s an […]

    Brown County Red video from IIIrd Tyme Out
    | May 1, 2015 | 0 Comments

Latest Bluegrass Music News

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Luke Munday to Marty Raybon

Marty Raybon has announced Luke Monday as his new banjo player with Full Circle. Luke has actually been out with Marty for the past few months, but now it’s official. This is Munday’s second stint with Marty, and he is really psyched for the opportunity. “I’m really excited […]

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Backstep Blues from Tellico

Asheville, NC has produced some of the most interesting new sounds in the modern bluegrass and old time music scene of late. Something about the community there is drawing creative people, and clumping them together to make string band music that pushes boundaries while holding on […]

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Casey Driessen to Berklee’s Valencia campus

Fiddler extraordinaire, and Berklee grad, Casey Driessen, has accepted a teaching position at the Berklee College of Music’s European campus in Valencia, Spain. He will direct a masters program in Contemporary Performance (Production Concentration) that is not instrument specific. Driessen came up as a bluegrass fiddler, but since […]

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Til I Hear It From You from Dale Ann Bradley

Continuing with her trend of re-cutting rock and pop hits in her smooth bluegrass style, Dale Ann Bradley has released a first single from her upcoming Pinecastle release. Til I Hear It From You joins her other classic covers like Tom Petty’s Won’t Back Down, […]

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Jamie Johnson on leaving The Grascals

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 […]

Bluegrass At Large

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Dr Arm from Banjolit

US grassers are rapidly getting used to the idea of bluegrass music being a truly international endeavor. It may be, and may long remain, a primarily American musical form, but important contributions from beyond our shores are a regular component of bluegrass news. Eastern Europe […]

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Tex Logan quite ill

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 […]

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Sam Passamano receives Airplay Direct award

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 […]

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Sweetwater to host VornDick studio seminar

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 […]

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Headless banjo design from Jody King

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 […]

Bluegrass in the Media

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Bob Webster is back on Air 

Those of us who remember with fondness Bob Webster’s stint on WAMU will be pleased to know that he is back on air. Webster has joined the crew at Rockingham County Radio for his own three hour program commencing at noon this Wednesday, May 6, […]

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IBMA issues call for submissions for 2nd film festival

The International Bluegrass Music Association has issued a call for submissions to their second Bluegrass Film Festival, to be held during the World of Bluegrass/Wide Open Bluegrass week in Raleigh, NC from September 29-October 3. Two featured films will be shown both during the World of […]

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Brown County Red video from IIIrd Tyme Out

When Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out taped a show for Bluegrass Underground earlier this year, a couple of audience videos popped up, including this clip of Brown County Red, a radio single that just debuted at #1 on our Bluegrass Today Weekly Airplay Chart. It’s an […]

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Boston Town video from Della Mae

Rounder Records has released a music video for Boston Town, the opening track on their upcoming album from Della Mae. It’s nostalgic union-organizing song written and sung by Celia Woodsmith.   The new album, simply titled Della Mae, is due for release on May 12. […]

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40 years of Stained Glass Bluegrass 

WAMU’s Bluegrass Country is celebrating 40 years of Stained Glass Bluegrass with a concert on Sunday, June 7, 2015, at the WAMU Media Center in north-west Washington, D.C.. WAMU 88.5 American University Radio has presented Stained Glass Bluegrass, their Sunday morning Gospel music show, for […]

Latest Events News

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Mountains Of Music Homecoming schedule released

The Mountains of Music Homecoming, a 9-day festival set to include 34 traditional music concerts all across southwestern Virginia, has announced its schedule for 2015. All of these performances, many in quaint and historic small-town locations, are being jointly promoted by The Crooked Road, an […]

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Photos from the debut Rocky Top Bluegrass Festival

Thanks to Mike Kelly for this batch of photos from the first Rocky Top Bluegrass Festival in the newly-renamed Rocky Top, TN. Mike says the festival went well, though a rough weather forecast kept the audience numbers down on Saturday – though the storms stayed away until […]

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Bluegrass Weather Report – 4/28/15

Here’s our Special Bluegrass Correspondent with this week’s Bluegrass Weather Report, looking at the Boxcar Pinion Festival in Chattanooga, TN.  

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Photos from Old Settler’s 2015

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.

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Memories for Melvin Goins

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 […]

Latest Reviews

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The Coast – Wood & Wire

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 […]

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Traveling Show – Songs From The Road Band

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 […]

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How To Write A Banjo Concerto comes to VOD

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 […]

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Purely Instrumental – Johnny Warren & Charlie Cushman

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, […]

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reNew – Pat Flynn

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

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Thinking of retirement? Think again

| April 29, 2015 | 0 Comments

Last week here, we discussed what careers might be appropriate for a professional bluegrass musician who has taken the daring and rare step of actually retiring. It should be noted that the few bluegrass musicians who do quit the business tend to come back within […]

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IBMA welcomes new Executive Director, Paul Schiminger

| April 29, 2015 | 0 Comments

The International Bluegrass Music Association has announced their new Executive Director, Paul J. Schiminger of Baltimore, MD. He is expected to start on June 1, allowing him time to conclude business in Maryland and make the move to Nashville, where IBMA is based. He was […]

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Tex Logan remembered 

| April 28, 2015 | 0 Comments

Benjamin Franklin ‘Tex’ Logan Jr, best noted for his writing of the bluegrass standard, albeit a seasonal song, Christmas Time’s A-Comin’, passed away at the Morris Hills Center in Morristown, New Jersey, on Friday, April 24, 2015. Logan took after his father and soon learned […]

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Bluegrass Museum names new Officers

| April 28, 2015 | 0 Comments

The International Bluegrass Music Museum has announced new leadership of their Board of Trustees following last week’s board meeting in Owensboro, KY. Elected to new one-years terms as officers are Mike Simpson (Chairman), Terry Woodward (Vice-Chairman), Rosemary Conder (Secretary), and Chris Love (Treasurer). The Board also expressed their […]

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Bluegrass Banjo For Dummies by Bill Evans

| April 28, 2015 | 0 Comments

The folks at Wiley Publishing have generated one of the few print media powerhouses in this age of declining magazine and book sales. Their bright yellow Dummies books seemingly cover every imaginable topic from digital photography to writing computer code. So much so that they […]

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