• Hillbenders going all Tommy on us

    In 1969, the rock music world was agog when The Who, one of the top grossing acts on the circuit at that time, released a double album called Tommy. Described as a rock opera, the entire album was based on a single concept, the story […]

    Hillbenders going all Tommy on us
    | January 27, 2015 | 0 Comments
  • Brownlo video from Gary Brewer

    Gary Brewer & the Kentucky Ramblers have released a music video for one of the tracks on their current CD, Homestretch. We don’t often see videos for bluegrass instrumentals, but that’s just what Gary and his boys have put together. The tune is one of […]

    Brownlo video from Gary Brewer
    | January 27, 2015 | 0 Comments
  • Butch Robins, video star

    Butch Robins presents – Blue Grass Music, its Origin and Development as a Unique and Creative Art Form Produced and directed by Bud Bennett, Radford University Conceived, written and hosted by Butch Robins If you like bluegrass history, you will positively “waller” in this video […]

    Butch Robins, video star
    | January 27, 2015 | 0 Comments
  • American Originals a Hit in Cincinnati

    This report on a special multi-genre musical show in Ohio comes from Artie Werner, manager and bass player with The Missy Werner Band. Cincinnati Music Hall was a great place to be this past weekend, where artists of several genres joined together to present American […]

    American Originals a Hit in Cincinnati
    | January 27, 2015 | 0 Comments
  • Bill Yates passes

    Bill Yates, lifetime bluegrass musician, bassist with The Country Gentlemen, and friend to everyone in the bluegrass community, died tonight after several weeks in the hospital. He was 78 years old. He had been hospitalized earlier this month, suffering from a brain bleed. Doctors resisted […]

    Bill Yates passes
    | January 26, 2015 | 0 Comments

Latest Bluegrass Music News

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Hillbenders going all Tommy on us

In 1969, the rock music world was agog when The Who, one of the top grossing acts on the circuit at that time, released a double album called Tommy. Described as a rock opera, the entire album was based on a single concept, the story […]

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Bill Yates passes

Bill Yates, lifetime bluegrass musician, bassist with The Country Gentlemen, and friend to everyone in the bluegrass community, died tonight after several weeks in the hospital. He was 78 years old. He had been hospitalized earlier this month, suffering from a brain bleed. Doctors resisted […]

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News from Mountain Rain

Brad Wood, mandolinist with North Carolina’s Mountain Rain, got in touch last week with several bits of news. First off, the band has recently signed with Cedar Creek Management, and booking for shows will be handled by Susan Burrows at Cedar Creek (336 953-2814). They have also […]

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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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Bill Yates doing well after treatment

Bill Yates, longtime member of The Country Gentlemen and still an active grasser with his Country Gentlemen Tribute Band, is doing well after being hospitalized this past two weeks. A brain bleed was diagnosed when he was admitted earlier this month, but surgery to remove […]

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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 […]

Bluegrass in the Media

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Hillbenders going all Tommy on us

In 1969, the rock music world was agog when The Who, one of the top grossing acts on the circuit at that time, released a double album called Tommy. Described as a rock opera, the entire album was based on a single concept, the story […]

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Brownlo video from Gary Brewer

Gary Brewer & the Kentucky Ramblers have released a music video for one of the tracks on their current CD, Homestretch. We don’t often see videos for bluegrass instrumentals, but that’s just what Gary and his boys have put together. The tune is one of […]

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Butch Robins, video star

Butch Robins presents – Blue Grass Music, its Origin and Development as a Unique and Creative Art Form Produced and directed by Bud Bennett, Radford University Conceived, written and hosted by Butch Robins If you like bluegrass history, you will positively “waller” in this video […]

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IBMM launches Executive Director search

The International Bluegrass Music Museum has announced the official launch of their search for a new Executive Director to replace Gabrielle Gray, who had announced that she would be stepping down in December. Gray will continue to manage the organization’s annual music festival, ROMP, but […]

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2015 Northern California Bluegrass Awards

It’s awards season in Tinseltown, as you can tell if you open a newspaper or turn on the TV. But it’s not just for the movies, or just in southern California. Over the weekend, the 8th annual Northern California Bluegrass Awards were distributed during the […]

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Bill Evans and Alan Munde in Bend

As part of their west coast tour last week and this, Bill Evans and Alan Munde stopped Thursday evening for a show in Bend, OR. The pair of banjo masters are doing concerts and workshops along the northeastern US and western Canada through the 31st. […]

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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.  

Latest Reviews

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American Originals a Hit in Cincinnati

This report on a special multi-genre musical show in Ohio comes from Artie Werner, manager and bass player with The Missy Werner Band. Cincinnati Music Hall was a great place to be this past weekend, where artists of several genres joined together to present American […]

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Stringdusters, Solivan: The State Theater Is Still Smoldering

A two night Infamous Stringdusters run. Add Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen to the first night and, folks, you have a festival on your hands. And, what a festival it was! Sparks flew as these two bluegrass powerhouses lit up the State Theater in Northern […]

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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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BBU Heritage Award winners announced

| January 26, 2015 | 0 Comments

The Boston Bluegrass Union has announced the 2015 recipients of their BBU Heritage Awards. These awards are presented annually to honor artists and others who have made substantial contributions to bluegrass music in New England and beyond. For 2015, the winners are Berklee College of Music in […]

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Cody Shuler solo album video EPK

| January 23, 2015 | 0 Comments

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

| January 23, 2015 | 0 Comments

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

| January 23, 2015 | 0 Comments

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

| January 22, 2015 | 0 Comments

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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