• 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, […]

    Banjo Loco with The Fisherman’s Lament
    | September 30, 2014 | 0 Comments
  • 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 […]

    If it’s Tuesday…
    | September 30, 2014 | 0 Comments
  • 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 […]

    Driven hits the road for WOB
    | September 29, 2014 | 0 Comments
  • 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 […]

    Straight Up Strings for banjo
    | September 29, 2014 | 0 Comments
  • 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 […]

    WFNL in Raleigh goes all bluegrass
    | September 29, 2014 | 0 Comments

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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 […]

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The Best of Larry Rice from Rebel

Rebel Records has announced the September 30 release of If You Only Knew…The Best of Larry Rice. This retrospective collection will include 16 cuts from Larry’s five albums with the label between 1986 and 2005. Larry died in 2006 following a long battle with cancer. […]

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Malia Furtado to Circa Blue

West Virginia’s Circa Blue has announced the addition of Malia Furtado on fiddle. She will also share in the vocals with the band. Malia has played fiddle since she was a young girl, and worked with her family’s band as well as All 4 Hymn, Blue […]

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James King to Echo Mountain

James King, known as The Bluegrass Storyteller for his special skill in delivering ballads, has announced his new affiliation with Echo Mountain Entertainment. Going forward they will be handling all booking and promotional activity regarding King and his touring act, The James King Band. Bella Johnson […]

Bluegrass At Large

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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 […]

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Major award for Shelby Jewell

The Bluegrass Kinsmen are a well-known band in their native southwestern Virginia. Formed in 1971 by brothers Shelby and Ebby Jewel, the Kinsmen are still active under Ebby’s leadership since Shelby laid down his guitar and retired in 2012. Bluegrass doesn’t give out gold watches, […]

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Happy Birthday to us!

While frantically preparing for IBMA week coming up in Raleigh, we would be remiss in failing to note that this week marked our 3rd anniversary operating as Bluegrass Today. We officially went live on September 23, 2011, just ahead of the World of Bluegrass convention […]

Bluegrass in the Media

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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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Bluegrass Band video from The Rigneys

Dark Shadow Recordings has released a new video from The Rigneys, one shot back in November 2013 at a live band performance at the South Jackson Civic Center in Tullahoma, TN. Label head Stephen Mougin shared a few words about the song… “As the band gears up […]

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Friday at the Nothin’ Fancy Festival

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

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

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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Bluegrass Weather Report – 9/23/14

Here’s our Special Bluegrass Correspondent with this week’s Bluegrass Weather Report, looking at the Outer Banks Bluegrass Festival in Manteo, NC.  

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Blue Highway at the Foundation for Bluegrass Music

Blue Highway will be the featured entertainers at next Thursday’s fundraiser in Raleigh for the Foundation For Bluegrass Music. The event will be held at the Tir Na Nog Irish Pub, which is one of the official Bluegrass Ramble venues, scheduled to begin at 11:00 […]

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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Behind The Mic with Uncle Billy Dunbar

| September 25, 2014 | 0 Comments

When most folks think of the Armed Forces Radio Network, the first thing that likely pops into their head is Robin Williams shouting “Good morning, Vietnam!” in the movie of the same name. Although the movie is a fictionalized version of the radio service, there […]

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Found from The Bankesters

| September 25, 2014 | 0 Comments

The Bankesters have released their latest music video, for Found, from their current Compass project, Love Has Wheels. It’s a song written by bassist Melissa Triplett and her husband, banjo picker Kyle, for This Able Veteran, who train service dogs to assist injured US veterans. […]

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Meet the Rob Ickes of rice

| September 24, 2014 | 0 Comments

My very first column for Bluegrass Today was written right before the IBMA World of Bluegrass of 2011, held in Nashville. It contained some recommendations for maintaining your health during what can be a very stressful week. I would write something similar in anticipation of […]

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Darin & Brooke to Buddy Lee

| September 23, 2014 | 0 Comments

Darin & Brooke Aldridge have made the jump over to representation from Buddy Lee Attractions. The Nashville-based agency has recently expanded its operation, and has attracted a number of bluegrass acts into the fold. Both The Roys and Jeff Brown & Still Lonesome have recently […]

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New single from Chris Jones live CD

| September 23, 2014 | 0 Comments

Chris Jones & the Night Drivers have released a first single from Live At The Old Feed Store, their self-produced concert CD recorded during the summer of 2013. Battle Of The Bands is a deadly serious song about a Civil War battle that took place over New […]

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