• Bluegrass Banjo For Dummies by Bill Evans

    The folks at Wiley Publishing have generated one of the few print media powerhouses in this age of declining magazine and book sales. Their bright yellow Dummies books seemingly cover every imaginable topic from digital photography to writing computer code. So much so that they […]

    Bluegrass Banjo For Dummies by Bill Evans
    | April 28, 2015 | 0 Comments
  • Ralph Stanley on The Late Show

    Among the many luminaries trouping to New York to pay tribute to David Letterman as he prepares to retire from television is Dr. Ralph Stanley, who is scheduled to appear on The Late Show, Thursday, April 30. Dr. Ralph says that he was pleased to be […]

    Ralph Stanley on The Late Show
    | April 28, 2015 | 0 Comments
  • Sam Bush film wins Nashville film festival

    Revival: The Sam Bush Story, which debuted last week during the Nashville Film Festival, was announced as the winner of the festival’s Audience Choice Award for best music documentary. It had two showings during the festival, and the premiere turned into a major news event […]

    Sam Bush film wins Nashville film festival
    | April 27, 2015 | 0 Comments
  • Jamie Johnson on leaving The Grascals

    Jamie Johnson has asked us to share a statement as he departs The Grascals. He was an original, founding member of the band, which got it’s start as Dolly Parton’s Nashville-based road band when she was doing a more bluegrass sound. Touring with them for […]

    Jamie Johnson on leaving The Grascals
    | April 27, 2015 | 0 Comments
  • John Bryan to The Grascals

    Change is something of a constant in the bluegrass world, just as it is in the arts in general. We’ve become accustomed to seeing new faces in our favorite groups from time to time, which makes bands that display consistency all the more special and […]

    John Bryan to The Grascals
    | April 27, 2015 | 0 Comments

Latest Bluegrass Music News

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Jamie Johnson on leaving The Grascals

Jamie Johnson has asked us to share a statement as he departs The Grascals. He was an original, founding member of the band, which got it’s start as Dolly Parton’s Nashville-based road band when she was doing a more bluegrass sound. Touring with them for […]

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John Bryan to The Grascals

Change is something of a constant in the bluegrass world, just as it is in the arts in general. We’ve become accustomed to seeing new faces in our favorite groups from time to time, which makes bands that display consistency all the more special and […]

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Mike Conner to Country Gentlemen Tribute Band

When Bill Yates passed away in January, many people wondered what would become of the band he had created, billed as Bill Yates & the Country Gentlemen Tribute Band. He had assembled the group to perform the old songs the Gentlemen had recorded during his […]

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Tex Logan passes

Benjamin Franklin ‘Tex’ Logan passed away peacefully on Friday evening, April 24, 2015; he was 87 years old. He had had a heart attack and experienced renal failure in his last few days. We are working on a tribute/remembrance and hope to post that in […]

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Winners announced in 2015 Chris Austin Songwriting contest

It may be a bit chilly at MerleFest this year, but the competition was hot for the 2015 Chris Austin Songwriting Contest this afternoon at the festival. Three finalists in four categories performed their songs live on stage for the judges, who included Peter Rowan, […]

Bluegrass At Large

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Tex Logan quite ill

Through his daughter, Jody, we have learned that renowned fiddler and bluegrass personality, Tex Logan, is in very poor health. He has been hospitalized for much of April with a variety of issues, but has just recently suffered a heart attack and is experiencing kidney […]

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Sam Passamano receives Airplay Direct award

Airplay Direct, the file-sharing system that serves artists, music labels and radio programmers, has announced Sam Passamano of Rural Rhythm Records as the recipient of their second annual Iconic Innovators Award. In addition to the honor, this award comes with a free Airplay Direct marketing campaign […]

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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 […]

Bluegrass in the Media

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Bluegrass Banjo For Dummies by Bill Evans

The folks at Wiley Publishing have generated one of the few print media powerhouses in this age of declining magazine and book sales. Their bright yellow Dummies books seemingly cover every imaginable topic from digital photography to writing computer code. So much so that they […]

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Ralph Stanley on The Late Show

Among the many luminaries trouping to New York to pay tribute to David Letterman as he prepares to retire from television is Dr. Ralph Stanley, who is scheduled to appear on The Late Show, Thursday, April 30. Dr. Ralph says that he was pleased to be […]

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Sam Bush film wins Nashville film festival

Revival: The Sam Bush Story, which debuted last week during the Nashville Film Festival, was announced as the winner of the festival’s Audience Choice Award for best music documentary. It had two showings during the festival, and the premiere turned into a major news event […]

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Hillbenders Holiday Camp video

When it was announced in January that The Hillbenders would be releasing a bluegrass version of The Who’s classic rock opera, Tommy, one of the first songs that came to mind was the fiendishly creepy Tommy’s Holiday Camp. How would that work in a bluegrass […]

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Mind Over Matter film from G2

When Swedish grassers G2 made the trip to Nashville in the Spring of 2014 to record their current CD, Mind Over Matter, they came with filmmaker David Elfgren in tow. He was on hand to capture the process, from the first meeting between the band and […]

Latest Events News

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Photos from Old Settler’s 2015

The organizers of the 2015 Old Settler’s Music Festival in Driftwood, TX shared a number of stage photos taken by John Grubbs. This was the 28th annual event in the Texas Hill Country.

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Memories for Melvin Goins

On April 3, Melvin Goins brought his band, Windy Mountain, to the Kentuckians of Michigan in Romulus, MI. The crowd enjoyed an evening of Melvin’s great bluegrass music. During a set break Melvin was presented a memories cane carved by our own Chopper, who makes carved […]

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Bluegrass Weather Report – 4/21/14

Here’s our Special Bluegrass Correspondent with this week’s Bluegrass Weather Report, looking at the inaugural Rocky Top Bluegrass Festival in Rocky Top, TN.  

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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.  

Latest Reviews

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The Coast – Wood & Wire

Austin, Texas-based band Wood & Wire, which has recently released its second full-length album, The Coast, is one of the most energetic young bluegrass bands I’ve heard recently. Their music is an interesting combination of rough and polished, where solid instrumentation mixed with frenetic picking […]

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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 […]

Recent Bluegrass Today News

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Smoky Mountain Banjo Academy back to Pigeon Forge

| April 24, 2015 | 0 Comments

Jack Hatfield reminded us yesterday that his Smoky Mountain Banjo Academy has moved back to Pigeon Forge, TN, and will be held in the barn adjacent to his business. The Academy grew out of the remnants of the Maryland Banjo Academy, which was run by the staff […]

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Brother John from The Steeldrivers

| April 23, 2015 | 0 Comments

Rounder Records has released a first single from The Muscle Shoals Recording by The Steeldrivers. It’s a new song from guitarist/vocalist Gary Nichols, Brother John, which includes an acoustic slide guitar solo from Jason Isbell, country rock singer/songwriter and Nichols’ childhood friend who co-produced the track. […]

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Andy Edmonds to South Carolina Broadcasters

| April 23, 2015 | 0 Comments

The South Carolina Broadcasters, a bluegrass and old time group from North Carolina, have announced the addition of Andy Edmonds to the band on fiddle. Edmonds, from Pilot Mountain, was raised in a family of traditional musicians, and learned the fine art of fiddle while […]

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A chat with Tim Surrett, IBMA Board Vice Chair

| April 22, 2015 | 0 Comments

We caught up yesterday with Tim Surrett, bassist with Balsam Range, producer and worker bee at Mountain Home Music, and the new Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of the IBMA. He’s also a dedicated husband and father, and when we spoke on Tuesday, […]

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Is there life after bluegrass… even for banjo players?

| April 22, 2015 | 0 Comments

Is there possible gainful employment after being a professional bluegrass musician most of your life? I realize it’s a question that very few full time bluegrass pros ever ask, because they almost never retire. Sometimes they stop working, but that’s not necessarily the same thing. No, […]

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