• More Tuesday photos from WOB ’14

    Here’s a batch of photos that Becky Johnson took throughout the course of the first day at IBMA.

    More Tuesday photos from WOB ’14
    | October 1, 2014 | 0 Comments
  • Tuesday’s Bluegrass Ramble

    The 2014 Bluegrass Ramble kicked off last night. Fans and professionals enjoyed seeing old favorites and discovering new bands on eight stages throughout downtown Raleigh. Night two of The Bluegrass Ramble kicked off tonight at 6:00 p.m., and runs until about 2:00 a.m.  

    Tuesday’s Bluegrass Ramble
    | October 1, 2014 | 0 Comments
  • Through YOUR Eyes – World of Bluegrass Day 1

    World of Bluegrass 2014 officially kickstarted yesterday in Raleigh, NC. It seems like everyone had a great time! Through Storify, we found some of the day’s “highlights” on social media. Maybe you’ll see your Facebook post, tweet, or Instagram here! Be sure to use hashtags […]

    Through YOUR Eyes – World of Bluegrass Day 1
    | October 1, 2014 | 0 Comments
  • Tuesday photos at IBMA 2014

    Bill Warren just dropped off this batch of photos from Tuesday evening’s activities in Raleigh during World of Bluegrass 2014.  

    Tuesday photos at IBMA 2014
    | October 1, 2014 | 0 Comments
  • 2014 IBMA Momentum Awards Announced

    The 3rd Annual IBMA Momentum Awards were held this afternoon in Raleigh, NC. The Momentum Awards celebrate the up and coming talent that our music has to offer, and there sure is a lot! Congratulations to all nominees and winners! Performance Award, Band Barefoot Movement […]

    2014 IBMA Momentum Awards Announced
    | October 1, 2014 | 0 Comments

Latest Bluegrass Music News

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Chris Jones signs with Mountain Home

Chris Jones & the Night Drivers have signed a contract with Mountain Home Music Company, and will release their next two projects with the North Carolina label. This will not include Chris’ upcoming album, Live At The Old Feed Store, which he will release independently next week. The […]

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Driven at World of Bluegrass

This year during the IBMA World of Bluegrass, we are delighted to have Driven, one of the invited showcase acts, chronicling their experiences for us at Bluegrass Today. It is both an honor and an opportunity for a group to be invited to showcase, and we thought it would be […]

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Stephen Burwell to Quicksilver

Doyle Lawson has announced Stephen Burwell as the newest member of Quicksilver, replacing Jason Barrie who departed the band this past weekend. Doyle says… “After nearly 6 years of having Jason Barie handling the fiddle duties for Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Jason has decided to pursue […]

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Driven hits the road for WOB

This year during the IBMA World of Bluegrass, we are delighted to have Driven, one of the invited showcase acts, chronicling their experiences for us at Bluegrass Today. It is both an honor and an opportunity for a group to be invited to showcase, and we thought it would be […]

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Driven gearing up for World of Bluegrass 2014

This year during the IBMA World of Bluegrass, we are delighted to have Driven, one of the invited showcase acts, chronicling their experiences for us at Bluegrass Today. It is both an honor and an opportunity for a group to be invited to showcase, and we thought […]

Bluegrass At Large

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Blake Johnson hospitalized

Blake Johnson, bass player and harmony singer with IIIrd Tyme Out, is currently hospitalized at Duke University suffering from an unspecified viral illness. Edgar Loudermilk filled in at his previous position this past weekend with the band. At this point it is unknown if Blake will […]

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Sir Walter goes banjo crazy!

Last night when we arrived in Raleigh, there was a flurry of activity by the statue of Sir Walter Raleigh in front of the Raleigh Convention Center. Bland Hoke and his team from Wyoming were setting up a temporary art installation that is all about banjos. […]

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Straight Up Strings for banjo

Straight Up Strings, designed and marketed by Roger Siminoff, is following up the successful introduction of their mandolin strings with three sets for banjo, starting October 1. Like the mandolin strings, Roger designed these sets to create even downward tension from each of the five […]

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Jeff Brown sez “Name That Bus!”

Jeff Brown has purchased a bus to facilitate Still Lonesome’s transportation, and has decided to ask his fans to help him give it a name. They’ve set up a special form online to suggest a name, or you can send one by email. The entry […]

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Wayne Blythe – Carter Center banjo

So many of the fine people who make contributions to bluegrass do so outside of their primary profession or occupation. For example, next week at the World of Bluegrass convention will be hundreds of folks who are taking time off work to focus on their […]

Bluegrass in the Media

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Bela Fleck sees the Light

If it’s time for IBMA’s World of Bluegrass, it must be time for another keynote address by a “name” player who has bluegrass in his background but has moved on to other genres. It’s been the organization’s M.O. for the past few years. Doing the […]

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Banjo Loco with The Fisherman’s Lament

Those crazy Banjo Loco guys have a new video which examines the existential question of where to draw the line between fishin’ and just standing with a beer and a pole.   The song is called Fisherman’s Lament, and is included on their current CD, […]

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If it’s Tuesday…

…this must be Raleigh. It’s the first day of the 2014 World of Bluegrass here in Raleigh, NC, and things are buzzing. Loading in is taking place in earnest, and the Bluegrass Today crew is getting settled in to our home for the rest of […]

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WFNL in Raleigh goes all bluegrass

For those visiting Raleigh this week for the IBMA’s World of Bluegrass, and everyone who lives or visits the area, there’s a new radio signal in town you’ll want to check out. Curtis Media Group has launched a WFNL 102.3 FM broadcast that is all bluegrass, all […]

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Lorrie Darlin': Lonesome Dove turns 25

It has been twenty-five years since Larry McMurtry’s Pulitzer prize-winning Lonesome Dove became one of the most beloved mini-series in television history. Winning seven Emmys and a pair of Golden Globes, Lonesome Dove has only grown in popularity since its debut in 1989. Spurring several sequel series and […]

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More Tuesday photos from WOB ’14

Here’s a batch of photos that Becky Johnson took throughout the course of the first day at IBMA.

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Tuesday’s Bluegrass Ramble

The 2014 Bluegrass Ramble kicked off last night. Fans and professionals enjoyed seeing old favorites and discovering new bands on eight stages throughout downtown Raleigh. Night two of The Bluegrass Ramble kicked off tonight at 6:00 p.m., and runs until about 2:00 a.m.  

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Through YOUR Eyes – World of Bluegrass Day 1

World of Bluegrass 2014 officially kickstarted yesterday in Raleigh, NC. It seems like everyone had a great time! Through Storify, we found some of the day’s “highlights” on social media. Maybe you’ll see your Facebook post, tweet, or Instagram here! Be sure to use hashtags […]

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Tuesday photos at IBMA 2014

Bill Warren just dropped off this batch of photos from Tuesday evening’s activities in Raleigh during World of Bluegrass 2014.  

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2014 IBMA Momentum Awards Announced

The 3rd Annual IBMA Momentum Awards were held this afternoon in Raleigh, NC. The Momentum Awards celebrate the up and coming talent that our music has to offer, and there sure is a lot! Congratulations to all nominees and winners! Performance Award, Band Barefoot Movement […]

Latest Reviews

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The Earls of Leicester, New Bluegrass Royalty

If you stumbled here through a Google search for information about British bluebloods, you landed in the wrong place. But if you’re looking for bluegrass royalty, here it is. Musically, the Earls of Leicester, some of the best pickers of this or any other generation, […]

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Three Bells – Auldridge, Douglas, Ickes

Three Bells is an absolute rarity in the world of recorded music. It’s quite seldom that a new project conveys so much joy, so much love among the musicians, and for the instrument they share in common. Conceived as a chance for dobro buddies Jerry Douglas and Rob […]

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Sake Of The Sound – Front Country

Do yourself a favor. No matter what you think of jam bands, Americana and other genres that reside at the edges of traditional bluegrass or beyond, swallow your preconceptions and listen to four songs from Sake of the Sound, the first full-length CD from Front […]

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Gary Reid is Carter Stanley

Gary Reid has long had a reputation as a serious student of The Stanley Brothers. Having written the liner notes for several CD editions of Stanley music, both Carter and Ralph’s and Ralph’s alone, his name is closely associated with theirs. He’s also written a book on their […]

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Brokeland Bullets – Heartbroke

This review marks the first installment from a new contributor, Stu Vincent. Stu will help us stay abreast of the European bluegrass scene, and we thank him for his efforts to do so. Let me start with a very simple statement – Scandinavian Bluegrass is HOT!! […]

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IBMA journal – ying or yang

| October 1, 2014 | 0 Comments

This is midweek of the IBMA World of Bluegrass in Raleigh, NC. I’m enjoying the week, possibly because my really hard day doesn’t come until Thursday, when I’ll be participating in a morning seminar (“Yoga on a moving bus: healthy or dangerous?”), going to an […]

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Dale Ann Bradley back with Pinecastle

| September 30, 2014 | 0 Comments

Pinecastle Records has announced the return of Dale Ann Bradley to the label. She’s working now on new material for her next project, which she will produce for Pinecastle. “I am thrilled and excited to be a Pinecastle artist. I feel like it’s a homecoming. […]

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Friday at the Nothin’ Fancy Festival

| September 28, 2014 | 0 Comments

Larry Efaw brought his Bluegrass Mountaineers and his “Stanley” brand of mountain music to Buena Vista to open the 2nd day of the Nothin’ Fancy Festival. The crowd enjoyed Bill Yates taking us back in time with the Country Gentlemen Tribute Band. Volume Five, IBMA […]

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Lake Placid Bluegrass Jam launches in 2014

| September 26, 2014 | 0 Comments

The New York state Olympic Regional Development Authority is stepping back into the music business, announcing that the Olympic Center in Lake Placid, which headquartered the 1980 Winter Olympics, will host a Bluegrass Jam concert on Oct. 25 featuring 10 bands, including several of the nation’s […]

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Day 1 at Nothin’ Fancy

| September 26, 2014 | 0 Comments

The first day of the Nothin’ Fancy Festival in Buena Vista, Virginia was a Virginia day. James King opened the show to an adoring crowd. He was followed by Reno and Harrell. The offspring of Don Reno and Bill Harrell are held in great esteem […]

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