• Man In Your Corner video from the Sleepy Boys

    Those of us who’ve been paying attention have watched The Sleepy Man Banjo Boys grow up on video this past few years. The three talented Mizzone brothers from New Jersey first hit the scene on YouTube four years ago, and their star has continued to […]

    Man In Your Corner video from the Sleepy Boys
    | September 15, 2014 | 0 Comments
  • Groundspeed from Rogers & Larrance

    Rogers & Larrance have released Groundspeed, a second track from their upcoming reimagining of Flatt & Scruggs’ classic Foggy Mountain Banjo album. What makes their effort unique is that Tyson Rogers is a pianist, and Bryon Larrance a drummer. The pair met working with jazz banjoist Ryan Cavanaugh, […]

    Groundspeed from Rogers & Larrance
    | September 15, 2014 | 0 Comments
  • Dark Cloud Rising from Jon Weisberger

    Jon Weisberger is a powerful man in the bluegrass world. An award-winning songwriter, his music appears on many new releases each year. As a record producer he guides the work of other artists in the studio, most recently Missy Werner’s Turn This Heart Around. And […]

    Dark Cloud Rising from Jon Weisberger
    | September 15, 2014 | 0 Comments
  • More from Delaware Valley ’14

    Here’s another batch of fine photos Frank Baker took at the 2014 Delaware Valley Bluegrass Festival.

    More from Delaware Valley ’14
    | September 15, 2014 | 0 Comments
  • Bluegrass Rural Roots mail art exhibit

    Have you ever visited a mail art exhibit? Are you familiar with the form? Generically, mail art is anything that can be or is sent via the postal system to a specific destination. These days, it refers to “found art” sent in response to a general […]

    Bluegrass Rural Roots mail art exhibit
    | September 15, 2014 | 0 Comments

Latest Bluegrass Music News

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Groundspeed from Rogers & Larrance

Rogers & Larrance have released Groundspeed, a second track from their upcoming reimagining of Flatt & Scruggs’ classic Foggy Mountain Banjo album. What makes their effort unique is that Tyson Rogers is a pianist, and Bryon Larrance a drummer. The pair met working with jazz banjoist Ryan Cavanaugh, […]

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Dark Cloud Rising from Jon Weisberger

Jon Weisberger is a powerful man in the bluegrass world. An award-winning songwriter, his music appears on many new releases each year. As a record producer he guides the work of other artists in the studio, most recently Missy Werner’s Turn This Heart Around. And […]

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The Farm coming from Buddy Merriam

Buddy Merriam & Back Roads are set to release their 8th CD on October 1. Merriam, noted as an original purveyor of the Bill Monroe mandolin style, has written dozens of tunes for his instrument, and kept his group together for the past 34 years. […]

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Louisa Branscomb and Nu-Blu songwriter workshops

As popular music keeps getting bigger, brighter, louder and more bombastic, we see more and more people drop off the other end. Looking for an expression of something genuine – something that can touch them using words and music, without laser lights, exploding stage props, or frequent costume […]

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Fiddle tunes for harmonica by David Naiditch

There’s no harmonica in bluegrass! David Naiditch has been known to joke that harmonica players are about as welcome at bluegrass festivals as the mosquitoes that come out to gnaw on the jammers. He may be right, though I suspect that he would be well received […]

Bluegrass At Large

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Bluegrass Rural Roots mail art exhibit

Have you ever visited a mail art exhibit? Are you familiar with the form? Generically, mail art is anything that can be or is sent via the postal system to a specific destination. These days, it refers to “found art” sent in response to a general […]

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Ramsey Carpenter wins Miss America talent competition

Well done Miss Kentucky! Last night, during preliminaries at the Miss America pageant in Atlantic City, NJ, Ramsey Carpenter took first place in the talent competition for her fiery fiddle medley of Sally Gooden and Orange Blossom Special. As the talent winner, she receives a […]

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Eddie Adcock on his major award

We caught up with Eddie Adcock today and he shared these reflections on being selected as the recipient of the 2014 Steve Martin prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass Music. In addition to a lovely trophy, the prize includes a cash award of $50,000. “What […]

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Deering introduces Goodtime Americana

The Deering Banjo Company has introduced the latest addition to their popular Goodtime series, designed for budget conscious old time 5 string players. The Americana model is made with a 12” rim, resulting in a larger head surface and a frequency response with greater resonance in […]

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Eddie Adcock receives the 2014 Steve Martin prize

The 2014 Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass Music has been awarded to Eddie Adcock. The prize includes a cash payment of $50,000 and the opportunity to appear in public with Martin. Since the early 1950s, Eddie has been playing the banjo […]

Bluegrass in the Media

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Man In Your Corner video from the Sleepy Boys

Those of us who’ve been paying attention have watched The Sleepy Man Banjo Boys grow up on video this past few years. The three talented Mizzone brothers from New Jersey first hit the scene on YouTube four years ago, and their star has continued to […]

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A guitar builder’s testament

Even wonder how someone gets into luthiery? In this video Ken Hooper explains how he got interested in building guitars for bluegrass players as he shows us around his shop in Elkin, NC.  

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75 years at Renfro Valley on TV

Since 1939 Renfro Valley, Kentucky has been synonymous with good, old fashioned country, bluegrass and Gospel music. What started out as a barn dance has grown into a massive entertainment and shopping complex that receives visitors from all over the world. They maintain a stable […]

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Behind The Mic with Charlie Hall

Central Kentucky is known by many as the heart of the Bluegrass State, so it’s only fitting that bluegrass music should be played and heard there, as well. One of the most well-known DJs in the region is Charlie Hall, host of Bluegrass Express, which […]

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New video from the Flatbellys

Show Me A Brick Wall is the subject of a new music video from Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys, recorded live at their home in Ionia, MI. This is where they are planning to record their new album, also live with no overdubs. As you […]

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More from Delaware Valley ’14

Here’s another batch of fine photos Frank Baker took at the 2014 Delaware Valley Bluegrass Festival.

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More from Delaware Valley 2014

Here’s another batch of Frank Baker’s images from the 2014 Delaware Valley Bluegrass Festival.  

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Bluegrass Weather Report – 9/9/14

Here’s our Special Bluegrass Correspondent with this week’s Bluegrass Weather Report, looking at the Pickin’ In The Pines festival in Flagstaff, AZ.  

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Bluegrass and Chili Festival 2014

The Bluegrass and Chili Festival in Claremore, OK celebrated it’s 35th anniversary by bringing in some of bluegrass music’s top names and the thousands of fans who attended didn’t pay one cent to attend. The Grascals, Mountain Heart, Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder, Rhonda Vincent and the […]

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Delaware Valley Bluegrass Festival 2014

Frank Baker was on hand when the 2014 Delaware Valley Bluegrass Festival was held earlier this month. Here’s his first of several galleries.  

Latest Reviews

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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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One Song Romance – Michael Barnett

Modern American string music, in the folk rather than classical tradition, has a number of hot spots around the country. The lure of commercial work brings a good many talented young practitioners to Nashville, where they often band together or find employment with successful artists. […]

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Crowe, Lawson, & Williams are still Standing Tall and Tough

Standing tall. A classic idiom we have all heard and probably used. By definition, the phrase means “being proud of yourself and confident in your abilities.” Different from boasting, standing tall exudes self-assurance, often in the face of adversity. When discussing the music of three members […]

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Cold Spell – Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen

Fans of Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen’s live show will certainly enjoy the band’s latest effort, Cold Spell, a ten-track collection out now from Compass Records. The songs here are full of the group’s impressive musicianship – lots of extended instrumental solos, rock-influenced grooves, and […]

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Adam Steffey transcriptions from New Primitive

| September 11, 2014 | 0 Comments

Nick DiSebastian has just released a transcription book that accompanies Adam Steffey’s New Primitive album. It includes standard notation, tablature, and chords for all 13 tracks on the album. This album was something of a departure for Steffey, who had made his bones playing blazing […]

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New single from Larry Stephenson

| September 11, 2014 | 0 Comments

Larry Stephenson has announced a new single, the title track from his upcoming album, Pull Your Savior In. It’s a new song of Larry’s, a driving bluegrass Gospel number recorded with his early 2014 touring band (Kenny Ingram on banjo, Jordan Laney on guitar, and […]

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The Bluegrass name game

| September 10, 2014 | 0 Comments

Do you ever play the name games? I’m referring to the cute methods of generating your own alternate name for a specific occupation. For example, you can arrive at your stage name by combining your middle name with the name of the street on which […]

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Martha Spencer passes

| September 10, 2014 | 0 Comments

Martha Spencer, long-time matriarch of The Spencer Family bluegrass Gospel show, passed away on August 29 at the age of 89. She and her husband, Mitchell, toured as The Spencer Family for more than 40 years from their home in Kentucky, and left a legacy of […]

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Phill Morley passes

| September 9, 2014 | 0 Comments

British banjo ace Phill Morley passed away on Wednesday morning, 27 August, 2014, in Broomfield Hospital, Chelmsford, Essex. He had been ill for some time and had had major heart attacks on three occasions in recent years. Born on March 13, 1952, Morley was a […]

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