• Traveling Show – Songs From The Road Band

    Traveling Show is the third album from the aptly-named Songs From The Road Band, which is a side project led by Charles Humphrey III, the bassist for Steep Canyon Rangers. This project is a testament to one of the unique traits that makes bluegrass so […]

    Traveling Show – Songs From The Road Band
    | April 21, 2015 | 0 Comments
  • Long Gone live video from The Gibsons

    WAMU’s Bluegrass Country has posted a live-in-the-studio video which they shot when The Gibson Brothers were visiting back in March. It finds the guys performing Lone Gone from their current Rounder project, Brotherhood. They were on during the Lee Michael Demsey show, with video captured […]

    Long Gone live video from The Gibsons
    | April 20, 2015 | 0 Comments
  • Peter Thompson – 40 years of Radio

    With the April 11, 2015, program DJ Peter Thompson celebrated 40 years of radio broadcasting. Currently working for Radio KALW, San Francisco, Thompson marked the occasion with a program of live recordings by a few of his favorites, including the Stanley Brothers and Bill Monroe, […]

    Peter Thompson – 40 years of Radio
    | April 20, 2015 | 0 Comments
  • How To Write A Banjo Concerto comes to VOD

    Finally! The 2014 film How To Write A Banjo Concerto, which follows Béla Fleck through the process of conceiving and composing The Imposter, is being released to video on demand. Starting tomorrow, April 21, viewers will be able to watch the movie through iTunes, Amazon, Vimeo […]

    How To Write A Banjo Concerto comes to VOD
    | April 20, 2015 | 0 Comments
  • Mountain Girl from Sideline

    Sideline is one of those groups that bluegrass has seen many of in its short history. They started out as a special project band, getting together a few times each year as the members, many of whom were otherwise committed to full time groups, had […]

    Mountain Girl from Sideline
    | April 20, 2015 | 0 Comments

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Mountain Girl from Sideline

Sideline is one of those groups that bluegrass has seen many of in its short history. They started out as a special project band, getting together a few times each year as the members, many of whom were otherwise committed to full time groups, had […]

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Blended Blue from John Berry

Country artist John Berry had a good run in the ’90s, enjoying a #1 hit with Your Love Amazes Me, and Top Ten status for She’s Taken a Shine and Standing on the Edge of Goodbye. When his string of hits subsided, John resettled near his childhood home in […]

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Ain’t That Crazy from Gold Heart

Gold Heart has a first single out today from their upcoming Mountain Fever Album, Places I’ve Been. The band consists of the three Gold sisters from northern Virginia, with their dad, Trent, on bass. All three sing, with Tori on mandolin, Jocey on guitar, and […]

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Take It Easy coming soon from Monogram

Monogram, the popular European bluegrass band based in Prague, is finishing up work on a new album, Take It Easy. Founding members Zdeněk Jahoda (mandolin) and Jaromír Jahoda (banjo), along with long time bassist Pavel Lžičař, have welcomed new bandmates Pepa Malina on fiddle, and Jindřich Vinkler as their lead vocalist, […]

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Bluefield West Virginia Blues from Big Country Bluegrass

Rebel Records has released a single, Bluefield West Virginia Blues, from their upcoming album by Big Country Bluegrass. It’s a new song from Tom T. & Dixie Hall and Troy Engle, telling of a time when Tom T. encountered an exceptional banjo player who he didn’t have […]

Bluegrass At Large

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Sweetwater to host VornDick studio seminar

Renowned studio engineer and producer Bil VornDick has teamed up with mega-music retailer Sweetwater, and Chicago grassers The House Carpenters to offer a 3-day recording seminar in Fort Wayne, IN. It is scheduled for April 23-25. VornDick is among the most celebrated acoustic music engineers […]

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Headless banjo design from Jody King

Folks in south central Virginia have known Jody King for years, both as a first rate musician on banjo, mandolin, and guitar, and as an inveterate tinkerer, prone to experiment with instrument design, especially on the five string. He’s a fixture at local shows and […]

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Mike Long suffers a stroke

We have learned that noted Nashville guitar builder and luthier Mike Long has suffered a stroke. It occurred last Thursday and, for the time being, he is unable to speak and is experiencing difficulty swallowing. He had just returned home from the hospital yesterday, but […]

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Union House Records launches

Union House Records has begun operation, being the latest such venture created to focus on bluegrass music. It’s structured as a sort of artist and writer’s collective, owned and managed jointly by Mike Bentley, Jeff Brown, Shannon Slaughter, and Dale Felts. The label will release albums for […]

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Welcome Annabelle Smith

This looks like a big week for bluegrass babies! Kenny and Amanda Smith are also celebrating a birth, that of their first child, Annabelle Blake. Guitar players will grasp the significance of her middle name right away. She was born last night (4/8) at 10:43 p.m. (CDT), […]

Bluegrass in the Media

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Long Gone live video from The Gibsons

WAMU’s Bluegrass Country has posted a live-in-the-studio video which they shot when The Gibson Brothers were visiting back in March. It finds the guys performing Lone Gone from their current Rounder project, Brotherhood. They were on during the Lee Michael Demsey show, with video captured […]

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Peter Thompson – 40 years of Radio

With the April 11, 2015, program DJ Peter Thompson celebrated 40 years of radio broadcasting. Currently working for Radio KALW, San Francisco, Thompson marked the occasion with a program of live recordings by a few of his favorites, including the Stanley Brothers and Bill Monroe, […]

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How To Write A Banjo Concerto comes to VOD

Finally! The 2014 film How To Write A Banjo Concerto, which follows Béla Fleck through the process of conceiving and composing The Imposter, is being released to video on demand. Starting tomorrow, April 21, viewers will be able to watch the movie through iTunes, Amazon, Vimeo […]

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I Am The Road video from Hot Rize

Bluegrass Underground has released a video from their recent taping, featuring a song from Hot Rize’s current album, When I’m Free. Hot Rize taped a full set, which will be included in the next season of the PBS program starting this Fall, but here’s a look […]

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Position available with IBMA

The International Bluegrass Music Association in Nashville is looking for a Member Services Manager/Bookkeeper. If you are looking for an opening in the exciting business of bluegrass music, this could be your chance. The organization requests that responses in the form of a resume with cover letter […]

Latest Events News

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Bluegrass Weather Report – 4/14/15

Here’s our Special Bluegrass Correspondent with this week’s Bluegrass Weather Report, looking at the Arcadia Bluegrass Festival in Maryland. Go be with ‘em.  

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Bluegrass Weather Report – 4/7/14

Here’s our Special Bluegrass Correspondent with this week’s Bluegrass Weather Report, looking at the Big Lick Bluegrass Festival in Oakboro, NC.  

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MerleFest 2015 Chris Austin finalists

MerleFest has announced the finalists in their 2015 Chris Austin Songwriting Contest, an invitational competition being held for the 23rd time this year during the festival on April 24. Three finalists are selected in four categories from among the hundreds of entries recevied, to vie […]

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Bluegrass Weather Report – 3/31/15

Here’s our Special Bluegrass Correspondent with this week’s Bluegrass Weather Report, looking at the Florida State Bluegrass Festival in Perry, FL.  

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Bluegrass Today is Bristol bound

This weekend is the first of what it is expected to be an annual event, the Bristol Bluegrass Springfest, held at the Holiday Inn in Bristol, VA. The intention is to provide an indoor bluegrass event just as we all shake off the winter blues […]

Latest Reviews

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Traveling Show – Songs From The Road Band

Traveling Show is the third album from the aptly-named Songs From The Road Band, which is a side project led by Charles Humphrey III, the bassist for Steep Canyon Rangers. This project is a testament to one of the unique traits that makes bluegrass so […]

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How To Write A Banjo Concerto comes to VOD

Finally! The 2014 film How To Write A Banjo Concerto, which follows Béla Fleck through the process of conceiving and composing The Imposter, is being released to video on demand. Starting tomorrow, April 21, viewers will be able to watch the movie through iTunes, Amazon, Vimeo […]

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Purely Instrumental – Johnny Warren & Charlie Cushman

So what appears in my mailbox this week but a pre-release copy of Johnny & Charlie’s latest salute to the great instrumental sound of Flatt & Scruggs! Glory Hallelujah Land! Same band as their 2011 Tribute to Paul Warren Vol. 2:  Del McCoury, Jerry Douglas, […]

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reNew – Pat Flynn

Every so often a recording gets by us. It may be that we didn’t receive a copy, or sometimes one just gets lost in the shuffle among the dozens of CDs we get each month. One such case is reNew, the 2014 project from Pat Flynn. Most […]

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Different Shade of Blue – New River Bluegrass

Since their beginnings a decade ago, upstate South Carolina’s New River Bluegrass has focused on bluegrass Gospel music, even hitting number one on the Singing News bluegrass chart in 2013 with When I Look Back Down the Road from their Pisgah Ridge-released album Heart on […]

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Tut Taylor Remembered 

| April 20, 2015 | 0 Comments

Tut Taylor, The Flatpickin’ Dobro Man, died on Thursday morning April 9, 2015, at the Wilkes Regional Medical Center in North Carolina. He was 91 years old. The Dobro virtuoso was a US Army and Navy veteran. Robert Arthur Taylor, Sr. was born in Milledgeville, […]

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Belle Election video from April Verch

| April 17, 2015 | 0 Comments

With The Newpart, her new trio album, just arrived, April Verch has released a video as well, featuring one of the tunes from the record. It’s a rousing version of Belle Election, which combines all the familiar elements of a Verch performance: tasty fiddle and […]

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Band of Ruhks video coming soon

| April 16, 2015 | 0 Comments

Fresh off the success of their debut album, Band of Ruhks is putting the finishing touches on a music video for the first single, Coal Mining Man. Bassist and vocalist Ronnie Bowman tells us that they have already shot footage of Ralph Stanley, who kicks […]

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Baucom to go into Blue Ridge Music HoF

| April 15, 2015 | 0 Comments

The Blue Ridge Music Hall of Fame in Wilkesboro, NC has announced the inductees for their 2015 class, and it includes bluegrass greats Terry Baucom, Lulu Belle and Scotty, and The Lewis Family. Also chosen for this year are songwriter Si Kahn, country artist Ronnie Milsap, […]

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Old Virginia video from Cornmeal

| April 15, 2015 | 0 Comments

To kick off their 15th year, jamgrass favorites Cornmeal from Chicago has released a music video for Old Virginia, a track set for their new next album, Slow Street, set for a May 29 drop date. It was shot a few weeks ago at Second Story Garage in […]

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