• New video from Lorraine Jordan and T.G. Sheppard

    Lorraine Jordan has dropped another music video from her current Country Grass project, this time featuring country hitmaker T.G. Sheppard singing with Lorraine and the boys. It’s a remake of Sheppard’s #1 song from 1980, Do You Wanna Go To Heaven, played with a bluegrass […]

    New video from Lorraine Jordan and T.G. Sheppard
    | February 10, 2016 | 0 Comments
  • You probably don’t care anyway…

    It’s time once again for our annual feature, The Most Boring Stories in Bluegrass. It’s a look back at the most uninteresting developments in our industry in the past year. This is published every year on whatever day I get around to it, but the […]

    You probably don’t care anyway…
    | February 10, 2016 | 0 Comments
  • Chris Thile predicts Broncos win with Omahallelujah

    While hosting A Prairie Home Companion last Saturday, Chris Thile and Punch Brothers debuted a new song with help from Sarah Jarosz that seems to have predicted the Denver Broncos win in Sunday’s Super Bowl. Thile is well known as a sports fan, though most of […]

    Chris Thile predicts Broncos win with Omahallelujah
    | February 9, 2016 | 0 Comments
  • DR Strings introduce Veritas

    DR Strings in Emerson, NJ has announced the introduction of a new line of strings for acoustic, flat top guitars. Their VERITAS strings are a hex-core, phosphor bronze string designed for long life without the need for coatings or surface treatment. DR has received a patent […]

    DR Strings introduce Veritas
    | February 9, 2016 | 0 Comments
  • Reminisce with Tom Gray on WAMU

    Hey all you Country Gentlemen fans out there… Has Katy Daley got a deal for you! On her morning show tomorrow on WAMU’s Bluegrass Country, Katy will spend two hours with Tom Gray talking about his early days with The Country Gentlemen, starting in 1960. They […]

    Reminisce with Tom Gray on WAMU
    | February 9, 2016 | 0 Comments

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Dave Clark passes

This remembrance of Dave Clark is a contribution from Sandy Rothman, long time Bay Area string musician and former Blue Grass Boy. David Clark: January 1, 1943–January 30, 2016 Soon after moving to Columbus, Ohio, from the San Francisco Bay Area in 1969 I met Dave […]

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Deer Creek Boys to Mountain Fever

Virginia’s Deer Creek Boys have been announced as the newest band to sign with Mountain Fever Records. The group had been recording at the Mountain Fever Studios in Willis, VA, and made the agreement with Mark Hodges and the label official during the SPBGMA convention […]

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Country Gentlemen Tribute Band to Graham Talent

The Country Gentlemen Tribute Band, initially formed when longtime bassist Bill Yates was still alive, has signed with Graham Talent Group for representation. The band exists to retain the sound of the many classic Country Gentlemen songs, and offer an opportunity for today’s audiences to experience […]

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O’Connor Family Band to Rounder

Rounder Records has signed an agreement with The O’Connor Family Band to release their first album as a group. The band boasts the talents of bluegrass, contest, jazz, and classical fiddle virtuoso Mark O’Connor, his lovely and very talented wife, Maggie O’Connor, Mark’s son Forrest […]

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Adam Steffey checks in

We caught up with mandolin ace Adam Steffey over this past weekend, after learning that he had been in the studio tracking for a new solo project. But he didn’t want to talk about that. He’s all fired up about the upcoming Boxcars release, Familiar With […]

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DR Strings introduce Veritas

DR Strings in Emerson, NJ has announced the introduction of a new line of strings for acoustic, flat top guitars. Their VERITAS strings are a hex-core, phosphor bronze string designed for long life without the need for coatings or surface treatment. DR has received a patent […]

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LeRoy Mack settles down 

LeRoy “Mack” McNees is well-known for playing dobro with the Country Boys (later the Kentucky Colonels), and for his appearances on the Andy Griffith Show. He is a favorite at the annual Mayberry Days reunions in Mount Airy, North Carolina. A devout Christian, he led […]

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D60 reso-guitar missing from SPBGMA

It’s the worst nightmare for a picker. You borrow an instrument to take to a festival, and it turns up missing. Now you not only have no instrument, but have to face explaining the loss to a trusting friend. That’s the situation here in Nashville […]

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Sammy Shelor gets key to the City of Martinsville

Sammy Shelor, banjoist extraordinaire and leader of the indomitable Lonesome River Band, was surprised last week when he was presented with the Key to the City of Martinsville, VA. Shelor was performing with some buddies of his at Mtn’ Jax Restaurant & Pub in Martinsville, […]

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Dave Adkins named Eastman Guitar endorser

Bluegrass singer/songwriter Dave Adkins has been announced as the newest endorser for Eastman Guitars. Eastman is currently building one of their E20D Dreadnought guitars for Dave, which is expected to be presented to him in the next few weeks. Adkins says that he is proud to […]

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New video from Lorraine Jordan and T.G. Sheppard

Lorraine Jordan has dropped another music video from her current Country Grass project, this time featuring country hitmaker T.G. Sheppard singing with Lorraine and the boys. It’s a remake of Sheppard’s #1 song from 1980, Do You Wanna Go To Heaven, played with a bluegrass […]

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Chris Thile predicts Broncos win with Omahallelujah

While hosting A Prairie Home Companion last Saturday, Chris Thile and Punch Brothers debuted a new song with help from Sarah Jarosz that seems to have predicted the Denver Broncos win in Sunday’s Super Bowl. Thile is well known as a sports fan, though most of […]

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Reminisce with Tom Gray on WAMU

Hey all you Country Gentlemen fans out there… Has Katy Daley got a deal for you! On her morning show tomorrow on WAMU’s Bluegrass Country, Katy will spend two hours with Tom Gray talking about his early days with The Country Gentlemen, starting in 1960. They […]

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2016 SPBGMA National Bluegrass Awards

Tonight’s 42nd annual SPBGMA Bluegrass Music Awards in Nashville didn’t come off completely without incident. About halfway through the show, MC Jeff Weaver from Rarely Herd took a tumble off the back of the stage, grabbing and pulling down several of the curtains in the […]

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2016 SPBGMA International Band Championships

The results are in from the 2016 International Band Championships held during the annual SPBGMA National Convention in Nashville. Bands are invited to compete from all over the US for this prestigious competition that awards $10,000 in prizes to the top ten finishers. Bands compete in three […]

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SPBGMA 2016 notes

We had a blast this year at the SPBGMA National Convention in Nashville. As always, it’s great to re-connect with old friends and make new ones, with more high-quality music being played than you could ever hope to see in a day. Between the main […]

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Woodbine Opry in Georgia

While many in the bluegrass world were in Nashville taking in the events at SPBGMA, small local venues were continuing their shows. One such venue is the Woodbine Opry. The Woodbine Opry is located in Woodbine, Georgia north of Jacksonville, Florida. The Opry was started by Hoydt […]

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Cifersky and Kozak – February Mountain Tour 2016

Richard Cifersky and Ondra Kozak have shared this music video they produced to help promote their upcoming February Mountain Tour 2016 in central Europe. The two super pickers are among Europe’s best, and have performed in many of the top bluegrass bands over there. The duo (banjo/guitar) […]

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Noam Pikelny goes solo

Banjo wizard Noam Pikelny is taking leave of his Punch Brothers bandmates – for the next few weeks at least – to venture out on his first solo performance tour. And by solo, we mean solo; just him on stage – no band. Dates are […]

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KSMU Youth in Bluegrass Band Contest May 28

It’s time again to get those applications ready for the annual KSMU Youth in Bluegrass Band Contest, held each year during the Bluegrass & BBQ festival at Silver Dollar City in Branson, MO. Restricted to young bluegrass groups 21 and under, this competition not only awards […]

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Mountain Faith at SPBGMA ’16

We had the chance to catch a set from Mountain Faith in their new stage configuration this past weekend at SPBGMA. It was a fast-paced, high-energy show that ran through a combination of the songs from their various albums, the grassified pop songs from their time […]

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The Gospel Side of Bill Emerson & Sweet Dixie

As a follow-up to 2014’s well-received Dancin’ Annie, Bill Emerson & Sweet Dixie has released a compilation album of the group’s favorite Gospel tracks from their previous albums. The Gospel Side of Bill Emerson & Sweet Dixie pulls from the group’s three previous albums for […]

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Weighted Mind – Sierra Hull

Can we really be talking about a major artistic shift by an established artist who is only 24 years old? I guess we can if the artist has been recording since she was 12, already has a pair of major label releases under her belt, […]

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Got Myself Together (10 years later) – Danny Barnes

Texas-born, Seattle-based banjo pioneer Danny Barnes is coming off a good year. Being the sixth person to win the prestigious Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass award—along with its $50,000 —brings the name Danny Barnes up from his dedicated and nearly-cultish underground […]

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And Then There’s This… The Grascals

It’s always interesting to see what will happen when new members enter a longstanding band that has previously had a relatively static lineup. Will they pick someone who sounds and plays just like the former member? Will they go in an entirely new direction? Or […]

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Rootin’ Tootin’ Cam Newton

| February 6, 2016 | 0 Comments

Here’s a video for all you bluegrass lovin’ football fans out there, guaranteed to ignite controversy among those planning to take in tomorrow’s Super Bowl contest. It comes from Maine bluegrass songwriter Stan Keach, showing his passion for the Carolina Panthers and their spirited quarterback, Cam […]

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John Henry video from Hogslop String Band

| February 5, 2016 | 0 Comments

We all know that bluegrass people can be compulsive, but when it comes to recreating things the traditional way, nothing beats old time musicians for their enthusiastic obsessions. Witness The Hogslop String Band, who had their current promotional photos created using tintype, where the subject is exposed onto to a […]

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On This Day #45 

| February 5, 2016 | 0 Comments

On this day …. On February 5, 1959, Starday Records purchased the masters to Charlie Moore’s recordings No Grave (Is Gonna Keep This Soul); Over in Gloryland; When They Crucified My Lord and Why Is Mother Buried. The four Gospel songs were recorded the previous […]

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A Life of Sorrow in Arizona 

| February 4, 2016 | 0 Comments

“Ask me about the Stanley Brothers.” That is the legend on the pocket of Gary Reid’s crisp, white shirt. So, did the Stanley Brothers do any shows in Arizona? Regardless of the answer, Reid, a Stanley Brothers enthusiast since his teenage years, is taking his […]

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Reissue track from The Boys From Indiana

| February 3, 2016 | 0 Comments

Tom Feller has released a video that demonstrates what he has been up to much of the past year or so. He’s spent a good many hours going through both audio and film files from the hey day of the legendary Boys From Indiana with an […]

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