• 2016 IBMA Award Nominees

    At a press conference earlier this morning aired on SiriusXM’s Bluegrass Junction, the International Bluegrass Music Association announced the final nominees for their 2016 International Bluegrass Music Awards, along with this year’s Hall Of Fame Inductees and Distinguished Achievement Award recipients. The winners will be announced […]

    2016 IBMA Award Nominees
    | July 27, 2016 | 0 Comments
  • Just sign on the dotted line…

    I’m taking this week off to recover from the stress of taking the previous week off. Therefore I’ve asked John Lawless to rerun a slightly edited version (I changed one “the” to an “a”) of a column I wrote a few years ago about artist […]

    Just sign on the dotted line…
    | July 27, 2016 | 0 Comments
  • Kristi Stanley to Union House Records

    There’s a new singing Stanley in the bluegrass world! Kristi Stanley has signed with Union House Records, an artist-owned label run by Mike Bentley and Jeff Brown. Even before she has her first interactions with the famous Stanley family, Kristi was singing and following traditional […]

    Kristi Stanley to Union House Records
    | July 27, 2016 | 0 Comments
  • Finishing up at MACC ’16

    The 2016 Musicians Against Childhood Cancer (MACC) festival is taking place this week at the Hoover Y Park in Columbus, OH. Darrel and Phyllis Adkins’ annual event is held in memory of their daughter, Mandy Adkins, who passed away from an inoperable brain tumor in 2000. All […]

    Finishing up at MACC ’16
    | July 26, 2016 | 0 Comments
  • Dan Kelly to Michael & Jennifer McLain

    Michael & Jennifer McLain have announced the addition of Dan Kelly on fiddle, resulting in a new name for their act. Touring now as the Michael & Jennifer McLain Band featuring Dan Kelly, the group performs regularly at Arrington Vineyards, about 30 miles south of […]

    Dan Kelly to Michael & Jennifer McLain
    | July 26, 2016 | 0 Comments

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Kristi Stanley to Union House Records

There’s a new singing Stanley in the bluegrass world! Kristi Stanley has signed with Union House Records, an artist-owned label run by Mike Bentley and Jeff Brown. Even before she has her first interactions with the famous Stanley family, Kristi was singing and following traditional […]

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Dan Kelly to Michael & Jennifer McLain

Michael & Jennifer McLain have announced the addition of Dan Kelly on fiddle, resulting in a new name for their act. Touring now as the Michael & Jennifer McLain Band featuring Dan Kelly, the group performs regularly at Arrington Vineyards, about 30 miles south of […]

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Charles Haney passes

Charles Haney, a noted bluegrass promoter in the 1960s, died on Sunday, July 24. He had been ill for some time and was 85 years of age when he passed. Charles was the brother of Carlton Haney, who worked as an agent and promoter for Bill […]

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Debut single for The Price Sisters

Rebel Records has released a debut single ahead of their first, self-titled album for The Price Sisters, identical twins from Ohio who specialize in the music of Bill Monroe. Lauren and Leanna Price are students in the Kentucky Center for Traditional Music at Morehead State University, where […]

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Colorado drops for Cavanaugh & Lanzbom

Jazz banjo pioneer Ryan Cavanaugh has a new album coming out later this year with guitarist C Lanzbom. Titled Every Note the Heart Can Play, it features original compositions by the two noted instrumentalists, engineered and mixed by Lanzbom at his Sherwood Ridge Studio just outside New […]

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Rough and Rocky video from the High Bar Gang

Western Canada’s High Bar Gang has released a music video for one of the tracks from their sophomore album, Someday The Heart Will Trouble The Mind. It’s a distaff version of Flatt & Scruggs’ evergreen, Don’t This Road Look Rough and Rocky, sung by the Gang’s trio […]

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Ben Wilson to Moonstruck Management

Moonstruck Management in Johnson City, TN has announced the addition of Ben Wilson as a new agent with the agency. Under principal Josh Trivett, they handle booking and artist management services for a number of top bluegrass acts like Soggy Bottom Boys, Lonesome River Band, Russell […]

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Bluegrass lives at Nitro Circus

Nitro Circus, for those uninitiated, is a fast growing action sports franchise that has become extremely popular since debuting on MTV in 2009. Combining dirt bike and FMX racing with daredevil antics, the Circus has won fans worldwide through television and aggressive touring. Much like […]

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Grascals’ Danny Roberts Receives Special Honor

The Grascals’ mandolin ace Danny Roberts has traveled the world enjoying a wealth of musical experiences in bluegrass, but this 4th of July weekend he soaked in a couple of moments that were extra special to him at the 45th Annual Smithville Fiddlers’ Jamboree and Crafts […]

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Help Ernie Thacker get a new van

The traditional bluegrass world held its collective breath back in April of 2006 when Ernie Thacker, soulful singer and former Clinch Mountain Boy, was seriously injured in an automobile accident. The mishap left him paralyzed from the chest down and unable to continue performing. His good […]

Bluegrass in the Media

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2016 IBMA Award Nominees

At a press conference earlier this morning aired on SiriusXM’s Bluegrass Junction, the International Bluegrass Music Association announced the final nominees for their 2016 International Bluegrass Music Awards, along with this year’s Hall Of Fame Inductees and Distinguished Achievement Award recipients. The winners will be announced […]

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‘Dusters support Ryan Adams on Colbert

Alt-folk, Americana singer/songwriter Ryan Adams called on The Infamous Stringdusters and one of their Ladies & Gentlemen collaborators, Nicki Bluhm, for an all-acoustic version of his song Oh My Sweet Carolina on last night’s Late Show on CBS television. Adams, a North Carolina native, had […]

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Rough and Rocky video from the High Bar Gang

Western Canada’s High Bar Gang has released a music video for one of the tracks from their sophomore album, Someday The Heart Will Trouble The Mind. It’s a distaff version of Flatt & Scruggs’ evergreen, Don’t This Road Look Rough and Rocky, sung by the Gang’s trio […]

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Bluegrass Junction is moving August 4

SiriusXM is moving their Bluegrass Junction channel a few clicks up the dial next week. On August 4, the 24/7 bluegrass feed will jump to channel 62, one spot higher than where you are used to finding it. Kyle Cantrell of SiriusXM tells us that three channels in […]

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Flatt Lonesome settles down in Asheville

Don’t get excited… nobody’s moving anywhere. It’s just the latest live video from Flatt Lonesome, doing their modernized version of the Flatt & Scruggs jewel, I’m Gonna Settle Down, at the Isis Music Hall in Asheville, NC. This marks the third such video from their […]

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Finishing up at MACC ’16

The 2016 Musicians Against Childhood Cancer (MACC) festival is taking place this week at the Hoover Y Park in Columbus, OH. Darrel and Phyllis Adkins’ annual event is held in memory of their daughter, Mandy Adkins, who passed away from an inoperable brain tumor in 2000. All […]

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Musicians Against Childhood Cancer – Friday ’16

The 2016 Musicians Against Childhood Cancer (MACC) festival took place last week at the Hoover Y Park in Columbus, OH. Darrel and Phyllis Adkins’ annual event is held in memory of their daughter, Mandy Adkins, who passed away from an inoperable brain tumor in 2000. All of the proceeds […]

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Eddy Raven and Lorraine Jordan do Rocky Mount

Lorraine Jordan and Carolina Road joined Grand Ole Opry star, Eddy Raven for a recent performance at the Harvester Performance Center in Rocky Mount, VA. The venue is a public/private partnership of sorts, where the town of Rocky Mount works with a variety of promoters and […]

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Weekend photos from Marshall Bluegrass Festival

Friday at the Marshall Bluegrass Festival opened with a newly formed band, The Local Mash, created by Tony Zapolnik and his fiancé, Jennifer Strickland. Jennifer is a well-known bassist/singer/songwriter in the bluegrass world. They are joined by Michiganders Danielle Smith and Chad Phelps. Indiana/Michigan band […]

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Thursday photos from MACC

The 2016 Musicians Against Childhood Cancer (MACC) festival is taking place this week at the Hoover Y Park in Columbus, OH. Darrel and Phyllis Adkins’ annual event is held in memory of their daughter, Mandy Adkins, who passed away from an inoperable brain tumor in 2000. All […]

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Lambert & Walz

There are many traditional songs that are beloved in bluegrass circles; songs that can be heard at every jam session from Telluride to Galax. For their debut album, new duo Lambert & Walz has picked out seven favorites from the public domain, added in two […]

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Saturday at Grey Fox ’16

Saturday was full of options and activities for all ages. The family tent had music shows, puppet shows, face painting, and activities for kids. There were dance workshops, called dances (squares, contras, etc), and plenty of bands to dance in whatever what one desired at […]

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Red Wing Roots 2016

Arriving the Thursday night before Redwing is a bit like Christmas Eve. The setup is all there, you can see the shape of still dim lights and, like a little kid, you can’t wait to go sleep in anticipation of what awaits the next day. […]

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Tim May & Steve Smith

Musicians often come together in unique (and sometimes unexpected) pairings, creating sounds that none of the individuals involved may have made on their own. When New Mexico-based mandolin player Steve Smith met Nashville session musician Tim May at Camp Bluegrass in Texas, they discovered common […]

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Friday at Grey Fox 2016

Friday of Grey Fox 2016 was jam packed full of a wide variety of traditional and progressive bluegrass and related musics, legends, and new faces and sounds. Whether one wanted to see names that they had known and followed for years or be exposed to […]

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Thursday at the Marshall Bluegrass Festival

| July 22, 2016 | 0 Comments

The Marshall Bluegrass Festival held on the Calhoun County Fairground in Marshall, Michigan was kicked off Thursday by Wickle Creek. They were followed by Heart to Heart, a longtime favorite of West Michigan bluegrass fans. Then host band, Harbourtown, took the stage for the first […]

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Sunday at Grey Fox ’16 – Kids Academy

| July 21, 2016 | 0 Comments

Sunday at Grey Fox 2016 continues to have some top quality bands on the stage and the regular morning mediation and yoga classes, but it is also well known for its focus on ensuring a strong continuation of bluegrass music and traditions to the next […]

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MACC 2016 kickoff

| July 21, 2016 | 0 Comments

The 2016 Musicians Against Childhood Cancer (MACC) festival kicked off on Wednesday, July 19th at the Hoover Y Park in Columbus, OH. Darrel and Phyllis Adkins’ annual event is held in memory of their daughter, Mandy Adkins, who passed away from an inoperable brain tumor […]

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Always Do video from O’Connor Family Band

| July 21, 2016 | 0 Comments

One of the great pleasures of age is the experience of having watched life unfold around you, both your own and those of younger people you have encountered along the way. I can recall Mark O’Connor when he was a gangly teenager winning fiddle contests as […]

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Are you sure? No, I’m positive!

| July 20, 2016 | 0 Comments

In many parts of our society, we place a high value on being positive. “Just stay positive,” we’re often told, even if we’ve just received the news that we have three months to live. Some countries are more positive than others, it turns out. According […]

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