• Uncle Phil once more unto the breach

    Phil Leadbetter has shared some somber news. Just a couple of weeks after his doctors saw something suspicious on a follow-up scan, he received news he wasn’t eager to hear. It seems that the cancer he has defeated twice, with the help of the capable […]

    Uncle Phil once more unto the breach
    | July 30, 2015 | 0 Comments
  • Summer McMahan talks America’s Got Talent

    Last night during Mountain Faith Band’s successful run through America’s Got Talent’s Judges Cut Round on NBC, Summer McMahan shed what may be the most famous tears in bluegrass music. Certainly the most influential ones in a long time, as they may have turned the […]

    Summer McMahan talks America’s Got Talent
    | July 29, 2015 | 0 Comments
  • Cumberland River to LoweRider Entertainment

    Kentucky’s Cumberland River bluegrass band has announced affiliation with LoweRider Entertainment in Nashville for representation. The agency has been operated since 1990 by Sam Lowe, and handles primarily country artists like Mark Collie and Bailey & the Boys. This is a second chance for the Cumberland […]

    Cumberland River to LoweRider Entertainment
    | July 29, 2015 | 0 Comments
  • Po’ Ramblin’ Boys crossing the pond

    East Tennessee’s Po’ Ramblin’ Boys, formed just last year to perform regularly at the Ole Smoky Moonshine Distillery in Gatlinburg, has been rapidly gathering steam with outside shows. So much so that they are currently preparing for an 8-day central European tour next month. The Boys […]

    Po’ Ramblin’ Boys crossing the pond
    | July 29, 2015 | 0 Comments
  • Are you my Fearless Leader?

    There are at least a few different categories of bluegrass band leader personalities. All have their good and bad points. There can be a wide range too, from the Benito Mussolini school of management, to the style of the touchy-feely “team coordinator” of a local […]

    Are you my Fearless Leader?
    | July 29, 2015 | 0 Comments

Latest Bluegrass Music News

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Cumberland River to LoweRider Entertainment

Kentucky’s Cumberland River bluegrass band has announced affiliation with LoweRider Entertainment in Nashville for representation. The agency has been operated since 1990 by Sam Lowe, and handles primarily country artists like Mark Collie and Bailey & the Boys. This is a second chance for the Cumberland […]

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Po’ Ramblin’ Boys crossing the pond

East Tennessee’s Po’ Ramblin’ Boys, formed just last year to perform regularly at the Ole Smoky Moonshine Distillery in Gatlinburg, has been rapidly gathering steam with outside shows. So much so that they are currently preparing for an 8-day central European tour next month. The Boys […]

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Starr Moss departing Henhouse Prowlers

Chicago’s Henhouse Prowlers have announced the impending departure of guitarist Starr Moss after four years with the band. The Milwaukee native is heading back to Wisconsin to attend grad school. He appears on their last three recordings, and has toured all over the world with the group. The […]

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Vince Combs passes

Vince Combs, a near-legendary Monroe-style mandolinist from Kentucky, has passed away after a four year struggle with bone marrow cancer. He was 81 years of age, and died on Saturday night (7/25). Though born and raised in Eastern Kentucky, his life was divided between his work for General […]

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Nothin’ Fancy to Mountain Fever

Mountain Fever Records has announced the signing of established bluegrass artists Nothin’ Fancy to a new recording contract. The group has been a fixture on the bluegrass scene since they formed in 1994 to enter a band competition in Virginia. Mike Andes (mandolin), Mitchell Davis (banjo), […]

Bluegrass At Large

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Uncle Phil once more unto the breach

Phil Leadbetter has shared some somber news. Just a couple of weeks after his doctors saw something suspicious on a follow-up scan, he received news he wasn’t eager to hear. It seems that the cancer he has defeated twice, with the help of the capable […]

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Allen Mills recovering from back surgery

Allen Mills, founding member of the legendary Lost and Found, is recuperating in the hospital following back surgery yesterday. He had been experiencing some discomfort of late and had to bring his nephew, Jason Moore, along to play bass on some recent band shows. He reports […]

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Sales opportunity at Bluegrass Today

Bluegrass Today has an opening for an experienced, full-time, online sales professional. Expansion in our advertising department has created the need for an additional banner ad salesperson. We are looking for someone with five or more years experience in advertising sales for an immediate hire. Salary/commission range commensurate […]

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Sound Marketing for Bluegrass

Did you know that Bluegrass Today publishes a periodic newsletter about online marketing for bluegrass professionals? It’s free to all comers, and is delivered by email twice each month, written by branding expert Barry Silverstein. Each issue of Sound Marketing for Bluegrass focuses on some aspect […]

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ETSU seeks Marketing Coordinator

ETSU’s Department of Appalachian Studies, which includes their Bluegrass, Old Time, and Country Music Studies degree program, has posted an opening for a Public Relations and Marketing Coordinator. This is a half-time position for someone to assist with the promotion of the BOT&CMS department, and developing marketing […]

Bluegrass in the Media

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Summer McMahan talks America’s Got Talent

Last night during Mountain Faith Band’s successful run through America’s Got Talent’s Judges Cut Round on NBC, Summer McMahan shed what may be the most famous tears in bluegrass music. Certainly the most influential ones in a long time, as they may have turned the […]

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Mountain Faith makes it through!

Congratulations to Mountain Faith Band, who made it through to the next round on America’s Got Talent tonight. They passed the Judge’s Cut Round and will now compete on programs live from Radio City Music Hall in New York city, starting next week. Their song tonight was […]

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Mountain Faith on America’s Got Talent tonight

Mountain Faith Band is scheduled to appear again tonight on America’s Got Talent, NBC television’s talent competition  program. They won rave reviews during their audition appearance earlier this month, where they performed a grassified arrangement of Counting Stars from One Direction. At this point in […]

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Radio video from The Steeps

The Steep Canyon Rangers have released a music video from the title track of their upcoming album, Radio. It finds our heroes on stage amidst a dazzling light show, picking and singing in the studio, and jamming on the bus – the life of a […]

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Jerusalem Ridge video from the O’Connors

Mark and Maggie O’Connor have released a second video from their upcoming Duo CD, Mark’s arrangement of the classic Bill Monroe tune, Jerusalem Ridge. This is one that bluegrass fans know well, though Mark refers to it in his notes as Jerusalem’s Ridge. “Jerusalem’s Ridge is […]

Latest Events News

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Cooder-Skaggs-White tour picking up steam

With new dates being added, the ongoing Ry Cooder, Ricky Skaggs and Sharon White tour is picking up steam across the US. The trio of well-respected artists and their supporting band are just finishing up the first leg of the tour, which will start up […]

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Friday at Marshall Bluegrass 2015

Friday at the Marshall Bluegrass Festival had somewhat of a theme. There were two Michigan based bands and five Ohio based bands. Ottawa County from the Port Clinton, Ohio area took the stage first. The band is a well-established, traditional bluegrass band. They were followed […]

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Thursday at Marshall Bluegrass

Thursday was the official opening of the 18th Marshall Bluegrass Festival held on the Calhoun County Fairgrounds in Marshall, Michigan. Local favorites and Southeast Michigan Bluegrass Music Association member band, Out of the Blue, opened the show. They return Friday for two big sets. Relatively new […]

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Sunday at Grey Fox 2015

Sunday of Grey Fox has a number of the events that folks have been building up to to conclude the festival. There are the raffle drawings for the instruments, more great bands, and the giant group photo of the staff and volunteers. There is also […]

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Saturday photos from Grey Fox 2015

Saturday at Grey Fox 2015  had many options for both viewing and participating in activities for folks of all ages, with the normal workshops on all the bluegrass instruments and directed slow jams, but also some less common options like the meditation class, the luthier […]

Latest Reviews

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Brighter Every Day – Trout Steak Revival

One of the most recent groups from the western bluegrass world to begin gaining national recognition is Trout Steak Revival, a Denver-based band that also won the 2014 band competition at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival. The five-piece group has been playing together for several years, […]

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Ethan Jodziewicz & Tatiana Hargreaves

We’ve commented many times here at Bluegrass Today about the new trends in acoustic string music brought about by its recent acceptance as a course of study in higher education. Not only does this mean that promising young musicians in our wider genre get top-level […]

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Spruce Pine Festival: A Hidden Gem in the North Carolina Mountains

Nestled on a hillside in historic downtown Spruce Pine, N.C., my companion and I enjoyed some of the best bluegrass music, food and small town atmosphere I’ve encountered. Now in its fourth year, the Spruce Pine Barbecue Championship and Bluegrass Festival held July 17–18 featured […]

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Red Wing Roots 2015

When standing beneath the monumental Natural Chimneys (120 foot limestone pillars and the only remaining evidence that this part of the world was once completely undersea) in Mount Solon, Virginia, it’s hard to imagine a more beautiful location for a music festival. That’s just one […]

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Friday at Grey Fox 2015

Friday at Grey Fox was another action-packed day. One of the hardest things about this festival is deciding what to do with so many great activities happening at the same time. There were workshops on dance, songwriting, and all kinds of instruments. Then there was the huge […]

Recent Bluegrass Today News

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No more Deadly Gentlemen

| July 24, 2015 | 0 Comments

The Deadly Gentlemen, Boston’s bad boy newgrass band, has announced that they are hanging it up. Original members had been peeling away this past year or so, and the remaining members have been working on outside projects. The Gentlemen were known as one of the first […]

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My Bonnie Lies Over The Ocean

| July 24, 2015 | 0 Comments

Nehi Records, a British label dedicated to producing audiophile quality remasters of early American folk music, has released a three-disc set titled My Bonnie Lies Over The Ocean: British Songs In The USA. It contains 75 tracks captured from roughly 1920 through to 1945. Included are […]

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Patsy Stoneman passes

| July 23, 2015 | 0 Comments

Patsy Stoneman, one of the last remaining members of the famous Stoneman Family who performed together through much of the 20th century, has died. She was 90 years of age. When The Stonemans were in their hey day in the 1960s, Patsy was easily recognizable with […]

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Bluegrass Ball rolls again in November

| July 22, 2015 | 0 Comments

The Bluegrass Ball is what The Travelin’ McCourys call their periodic tours across the US, typically with high-profile guests in tow. Material performed varies with the artists who accompany them on the road, not surprising for a band that does not include a guitarist or […]

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IBMA requesting Momentum Awards nominees

| July 22, 2015 | 0 Comments

It’s that time of year again, folks. Time for the International Bluegrass Music Association’s annual request for help in selecting nominees for their 2015 Momentum Awards. This is their series of special awards to honor new artists and business people in the bluegrass world, and give them a […]

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