• Cody Shuler solo album video EPK

    Rural Rhythm Records has put together a video to introduce Cody Shuler’s first solo album, complete with interview segments and audio samples.   Cody Shuler will be released on February 3. Radio programmers can download tracks now at Airplay Direct.

    Cody Shuler solo album video EPK
    | January 23, 2015 | 0 Comments
  • Reuben’s Train video from Hogslop String Band

    If you like the old timey mountain music played with passion and energy, you’ll love The Hogslop String Band. These boys are the real deal. The band was formed in 2009 to play a square dance, and are now a popular Tennessee group for both dances […]

    Reuben’s Train video from Hogslop String Band
    | January 23, 2015 | 0 Comments
  • Service for Ray Hicks this weekend

    We heard yesterday from Gina Hicks, the late Ray Hicks’ daughter, who wanted to share that any friends of his in Virginia/North Carolina who wished to make the trip were welcome to attend the private family service and internment for Ray on Saturday. Though Ray was known […]

    Service for Ray Hicks this weekend
    | January 23, 2015 | 0 Comments
  • Carroll Best and the White Oak String Band

    I love discovering new music. The majority of the time, that music is just new to me: an early J.D. Crowe & the New South album I’ve never heard before, a Jimmy Martin concert from the mid-1990s streaming on YouTube, a new country artist that […]

    Carroll Best and the White Oak String Band
    | January 23, 2015 | 0 Comments
  • Behind The Mic with Nick Barr

    Part of the fun for bluegrass concerts and festivals for some folks is recording them for later listening. Of course, some venues prohibit this, and some artists frown upon it, but for many fans, it’s a great way to recall that awesome banjo break they […]

    Behind The Mic with Nick Barr
    | January 22, 2015 | 0 Comments

Latest Bluegrass Music News

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Julia Mainer passes 

Julia Mainer, wife and long-time musical partner of old-time country music artist  the late Wade Mainer, passed away on January 21, 2015, aged 95. She had sustained fatal injuries in a fall a few days earlier. Julia Mae Brown Mainer was born on March 13, […]

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Matt Love to Deeper Shade of Blue

Deeper Shade of Blue, an established regional bluegrass band based near Charlotte, NC, has announced the addition of Matt Love on bass. He brings many years of bluegrass experience to the band, having toured with Darin & Brooke Aldridge on banjo, and taught a number […]

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Kickstart Your Jamming: A New Approach To Banjo Improv

For years, Murphy Henry has been teaching banjo pickers all over the world, in private lessons, at camps and workshops, and with her Murphy Method lesson videos and DVDs. Throughout her focus has been to encourage students to memorize material by listening and repeating, as […]

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Cumberland River is back

Cumberland River, the bluegrass bruisers from Harlan, KY, are back with us again after roughly a year off. Following a raucous start in 2011 owing in part to an association with the FX television series, Justified, the band suffered the loss of two founding members and […]

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Dixie Hall passes

Dixie Hall, life and songwriting partner to Tom T. Hall, and a major figure in the music industry of Nashville, died last night at her home. She was 80 years old. Miss Dixie, as she was known to family and friends, had been ill this past year, […]

Bluegrass At Large

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Deering introduces 6 string Goodtime banjo

The Deering Banjo Company has introduced their first 6 string model in their popular Goodtime Banjo series. The Solana 6 is a nylon stringed model, tuned and played like a guitar, with a rock maple 22-fret neck attached to Deering’s 16-bracket 12” pot assembly. Like […]

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Hornets v. Spurs – with Blue Highway

Blue Highway will be on hand in Charlotte, NC for tonight’s (1/14) NBA contest between the hometown Hornets and the 2014 champion San Antonio Spurs. The guys have been invited to sing the national anthem before the game, which tips off at 7:00 p.m. All […]

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Collings introduces Waterloo Guitars

It was almost a year ago when Collings Guitars introduced the concept behind their new line, Waterloo Guitars. Bill Collings had begun experimenting with replicating the off-brand, less expensive guitars that were produced during the Depression era, many of which have become prized by collectors […]

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It’s a banjo pick… it’s a custom jewelry piece!

Or is it a floor wax? But seriously, what Christina Holland has done with Anvil Jewelry is a perfect blend of the metal craft she studied in college, and her passion for banjo. And isn’t that what art is all about? Bringing your skills in molding reality […]

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Phil Leadbetter gets great news

Phil Leadbetter, bluegrass music’s beloved Uncle Phil, shared this wonderful news with us tonight. “After nearly a 4 year battle with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, I got a all clear sign today from my oncologist following a PET scan. I was diagnosed in March 2011, and after […]

Bluegrass in the Media

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Cody Shuler solo album video EPK

Rural Rhythm Records has put together a video to introduce Cody Shuler’s first solo album, complete with interview segments and audio samples.   Cody Shuler will be released on February 3. Radio programmers can download tracks now at Airplay Direct.

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Reuben’s Train video from Hogslop String Band

If you like the old timey mountain music played with passion and energy, you’ll love The Hogslop String Band. These boys are the real deal. The band was formed in 2009 to play a square dance, and are now a popular Tennessee group for both dances […]

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Service for Ray Hicks this weekend

We heard yesterday from Gina Hicks, the late Ray Hicks’ daughter, who wanted to share that any friends of his in Virginia/North Carolina who wished to make the trip were welcome to attend the private family service and internment for Ray on Saturday. Though Ray was known […]

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Behind The Mic with Nick Barr

Part of the fun for bluegrass concerts and festivals for some folks is recording them for later listening. Of course, some venues prohibit this, and some artists frown upon it, but for many fans, it’s a great way to recall that awesome banjo break they […]

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Rose of Old Kentucky from Darin & Brooke

Darin & Brooke Aldridge have offered up a video tease from their upcoming Mountain Home album, Snapshots. It’s their version of the Bill Monroe number, My Rose of Old Kentucky, with Bobby Hicks on fiddle.   Radio programmers can download tracks from the new album […]

Latest Events News

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More from Special C in Ireland

Here’s another report from Greg Cahill, who is in Ireland with Special Consensus. We are having a great tour – played a show in a castle in Roscrea, Ireland and the huge Winterfest in Sixmilebridge, Ireland. Sean Ryan, who with his wife Aine owns the […]

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Bluegrass Weather Report – 1/20/15

Here’s our Special Bluegrass Correspondent with this week’s Bluegrass Weather Report (again without the weather), looking at the YeeHaw Junction Bluegrass Festival in Florida.  

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Blue Ox festival launches in Wisconsin

Here’s a great story about the power of bluegrass music. How many of us have thought that if only more people heard and experienced our music live, they would become instant fans. Well it appears that this works on business-minded music lovers as well. We spoke […]

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Bluegrass Weather Report – 1/13/15

Here’s our Special Bluegrass Correspondent with this week’s Bluegrass Weather Report, taking a peek at the Baygrass Bluegrass Festival in Islamorada, FL.  

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Ernie Evans cancer benefit scheduled for March 28

Friends of Florida bluegrass entertainer and entrepreneur, Ernie Evans, have scheduled a benefit concert to assist he and his wife Debbie with medical expenses associated with his recent diagnosis for bladder cancer. The show is scheduled for March 28 at the American Legion Hall in […]

Latest Reviews

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Carroll Best and the White Oak String Band

I love discovering new music. The majority of the time, that music is just new to me: an early J.D. Crowe & the New South album I’ve never heard before, a Jimmy Martin concert from the mid-1990s streaming on YouTube, a new country artist that […]

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Voices – Volume Five

Volume Five is one of those acts that consistently turn out headliner-quality music, but have seemed to be stuck in a second tier status. Their original music is clever and compelling, they can pick with the best of them, and their vocals are top tier. What […]

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The Farm – Buddy Merriam & Backroads

Buddy Merriam has been recognized for decades as among the most authentic practitioners of the mandolin style pioneered by Bill Monroe in the 1940s. For 34 years now Buddy has traveled with his band, Back Roads, across his native New England, along the eastern seaboard, and across […]

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Wood, Wire & Words – Norman Blake

Norman Blake is the Zelig of roots music, popping up at key moments over the decades, just like the title character in the Woody Allen film. He played guitar on pivotal recordings by Johnny Cash and Bob Dylan, teamed up with John Hartford on Aereo-Plain […]

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Man Of Constant Sorrow – Ralph Stanley & Friends

For much of the past decade, rumors of the retirement of the great Ralph Stanley have been rampant – some of them coming directly from his organization. But despite the rumors, and the challenges of recording and touring into his eighties, Dr. Ralph has endured […]

Recent Bluegrass Today News

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Growing bluegrass music in Reno

| January 21, 2015 | 0 Comments

Surely many of our readers live in areas that might be described as a “bluegrass wasteland.” These may be places where some bluegrass fans may live, but no one is actively sponsoring or promoting the music at live shows. Or it could be a spot where the locals just […]

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The one and only Dixie Hall

| January 21, 2015 | 0 Comments

This little weekly bit of journalistic goofing-off has been my attempt at a humor/faux advice/anti-commentary column. Yes, I’ve attempted to be funny, and I’ll leave you to judge if, or when I’ve succeeded. This week, though, I’m not feeling all that funny. One of my […]

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41st annual SPBGMA Midwest award winners

| January 20, 2015 | 0 Comments

While preparing for the National convention of the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America next month in Nashville, we should mention that the organization held a regional convention and awards presentation earlier in January. The 41st Annual Midwest Awards Show was hosted by SPBGMA […]

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Artist2Artist with Dixie Hall

| January 20, 2015 | 2 Comments

In mid-May of this past year, I traveled to Franklin, Tennessee to interview the beautiful, talented and highly successful songwriter, Miss Dixie Hall. or… Miss Dixie, if you’ve known her for your entire life – or if you have just met her. Permission granted. Here […]

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Robert Earl Keen goes bluegrass

| January 19, 2015 | 0 Comments

Texas songwriter and singer, Robert Earl Keen, has decided to go grass for his next album, Happy Prisoner – The Bluegrass Sessions. Though Keen has largely hewed close to the folk/Americana realm, this album marks a departure both in that it features all bluegrass songs, and […]

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