• Blow Me Away video from the Steeps

    The Steep Canyon Rangers have released a new music video from their upcoming Rounder album, Radio. It’s for one which songwriter (and SCR banjo man) Graham Sharp calls a “good ol’ bluegrass tornado song,” Blow Me Away. The video was shot and edited by Adam Jones.   […]

    Blow Me Away video from the Steeps
    | July 6, 2015 | 0 Comments
  • Grey Fox to host Keith banjo summit

    The 2015 Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival has a special treat in store for banjo lovers, and fans of the seminal and highly influential style of Bill Keith. Bill was a pioneer in developing what is now known as the melodic style of banjo, sometimes called […]

    Grey Fox to host Keith banjo summit
    | July 6, 2015 | 0 Comments
  • Sierra Hull returns to Smithville

    A few hours before Sierra Hull was to perform on the world famous Grand Ole Opry she was standing on the stage at the 44th Annual Smithville Fiddlers’ Jamboree and Crafts Festival July 4. She was chosen as the second recipient of the Blue Blaze […]

    Sierra Hull returns to Smithville
    | July 6, 2015 | 0 Comments
  • Slocan Ramblers offer video sneak peek

    Toronto’s Slocan Ramblers have release a video seek peak from their upcoming second album, Coffee Creek, due to be released this month. It features scenes of the guys in the studio against some music from the new record. The band is Frank Evans on banjo, […]

    Slocan Ramblers offer video sneak peek
    | July 6, 2015 | 0 Comments
  • Blake Johnson recovering after surgery

    IIIrd Tyme Out bassist Blake Johnson has been in the hospital again, with doctors trying to relive his chronic abdominal pain, and find out why he has been unable to eat. Blake has been suffering from pancreatitis and kidney problems, making his participation with the band […]

    Blake Johnson recovering after surgery
    | July 6, 2015 | 0 Comments

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Grey Fox to host Keith banjo summit

The 2015 Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival has a special treat in store for banjo lovers, and fans of the seminal and highly influential style of Bill Keith. Bill was a pioneer in developing what is now known as the melodic style of banjo, sometimes called […]

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Molly Cherryholmes to Mountain Heart

The newly-reformed Mountain Heart has announced a change to their lineup. Founding member Jim VanCleve won’t be participating with the group, who has a new opportunity he is pursuing. Stepping in will be Molly Cherryholmes, the southpaw fiddler from the Cherryholmes family band, who will […]

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Steve Waller passes 

Steve Waller, mandolin player, of the Sawtooth Mountain Boys passed away on Friday, June 26, 2015, following a massive heart attack at his partner, Carol Justice’s, home in Cornelius, Oregon. He was 69 years of age. The band was named after the Sawtooth Range of […]

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Acoustic Disc releases Dawg Jazz book

A third edition in their Book Of The Dawg series, Dawg Jazz, has been released by Acoustic Disc, David Grisman’s record label. Like its previous volumes, Dawg Roots and Dawg Grass, this third book collects 20 Grisman compositions in a jazzy vein from his many recordings this […]

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Banjo tabs from Hamish Davidson

Hamish Davidson, the banjo-playing half of Australia’s Davidson Brothers, has published Bluegrass Banjo Davidson Style, a book of banjo tabs from his recorded solos with the band. A total of 28 songs/tunes are included, each presented in hand-written, metered tablature. There are no song notes, […]

Bluegrass At Large

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Blake Johnson recovering after surgery

IIIrd Tyme Out bassist Blake Johnson has been in the hospital again, with doctors trying to relive his chronic abdominal pain, and find out why he has been unable to eat. Blake has been suffering from pancreatitis and kidney problems, making his participation with the band […]

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John Hickman hospitalized

When it rains, it pours… We posted last month about the fundraising appeal for banjo legend John Hickman and his wife Susie, hoping to raise money to fix his roof and make a number of needed structural repairs on their house. The great news is […]

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Noam Pikelny joins Martin banjo prize board

Steve Martin has announced that Noam Pikelny, current banjoist with Punch Brothers, has joined the Board which selects the recipients of the Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass Music. Noam had been the inaugural prize winner in 2010. Martin founded this award […]

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What’s up with Tony Rice?

In bluegrass music circles, no question is asked more consistently that some variation of, “What’s going on with Tony Rice?” Followers of his music reacted with immediate generosity in 2013 when an appeal went out for financial support when he was unable to perform, and reaction […]

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McCabe’s tapes to be housed at UNC Chapel Hill

Great news for lovers of live music recordings. More than 40 years of live concerts recorded at McCabe’s Guitar Shop in Santa Monica, CA have been donated to the Southern Folklife Collection at the UNC Chapel Hill library. Open since 1958, McCabe’s has always been what […]

Bluegrass in the Media

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Blow Me Away video from the Steeps

The Steep Canyon Rangers have released a new music video from their upcoming Rounder album, Radio. It’s for one which songwriter (and SCR banjo man) Graham Sharp calls a “good ol’ bluegrass tornado song,” Blow Me Away. The video was shot and edited by Adam Jones.   […]

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Slocan Ramblers offer video sneak peek

Toronto’s Slocan Ramblers have release a video seek peak from their upcoming second album, Coffee Creek, due to be released this month. It features scenes of the guys in the studio against some music from the new record. The band is Frank Evans on banjo, […]

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War Against Silence with the Bankesters

Corey Smith, guitarist with modern grassers, Ash Breeze, has launched a promising new YouTube channel he calls War Against Silence. The concept is to create music videos that pair promising young vocalists with music that is more widely popular as a tool to increase music […]

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Mountain Faith Band on America’s Got Talent

If you didn’t catch Mountain Faith last night on America’s Got Talent, you should know that they absolutely killed it. After a brief introductory discussion, they performed a grassed up version on One Republic’s Counting Stars. Summer McMahan’s lovely voice captured the audience’s attention immediately and the […]

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Sierra and Del at The Ryman

To help promote their show this week as a part of Bluegrass Nights at The Ryman in Nashville, Sierra Hull and Del McCoury took a tour through the historic building, with a video camera in tow. Sierra got Del to share some memories from his […]

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Grey Fox to host Keith banjo summit

The 2015 Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival has a special treat in store for banjo lovers, and fans of the seminal and highly influential style of Bill Keith. Bill was a pioneer in developing what is now known as the melodic style of banjo, sometimes called […]

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Bluegrass At The Beach launches in September

From when I lived in south Alabama in the early ’90s, I remember Destin, FL for its pearly white beaches, crystal clear water, and tons of new construction. Much of the area had fairly recently been devastated by a hurricane, and insurance settlements and rebuilding […]

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Photos from ROMP 2015

Shelly Swanger was on hand at ROMP 2015, and just sent us these images from the festival.

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Tara goes to Weiser 2015

Well, June is a month of great music festivals all over the country, but one of my favorites is definitely The National Old Time Fiddlers’ Contest and Festival in Weiser, Idaho. Top notch musicians from all over the country descend on the tiny little town and […]

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Kids on Bluegrass headed for France

Kids On Bluegrass is a program where talented teens and youngsters are highlighted during the IBMA’s World of Bluegrass each year. Special bluegrass kids are identified from around the country, and formed into a band to both entertain attendees and highlight the fun of picking’ and […]

Latest Reviews

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LIVE! at Capon Crossing Farm – Bluegrass in the Barn

It’s a pretty hefty undertaking for a bluegrass band – especially an independent group – to release one album per year. Bud’s Collective, a relatively new group based out of the northern Virginia/eastern West Virginia area, upped the ante for their debut release, putting out […]

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When I’m Free – Hot Rize

One of – if not the – most anticipated albums of the past year was the return of Hot Rize after twenty-odd years with When I’m Free. Since its release in late 2014, the group has embarked upon a popular tour and received a significant […]

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Lonesome Road – Evan Maynard

Alex Hibbitts’ Depression Lies Studio in Sevierville, TN is quickly becoming a go-to spot for up-and-coming bluegrass artists whose music leans toward the popular country-tinged modern traditional style. Recent solo projects by Matt Wallace, Cody Shuler, and Hibbitts himself were all recorded there, and the […]

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Songs Of Lost Yesterdays – Laura Orshaw

Laura Orshaw might be the busiest bluegrass fiddler in Boston, Massachusetts. The Pennsylvania native performs with five different bands in and around Beantown – including her own New Velvet Band – and seems to fill in from time to time with all the others. This […]

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Ocooch Mountain Home – The Yellow-Bellied Sapsuckers

Winning the award for unique traditional music band name of the month is Wisconsin-based duo The Yellow-Bellied Sapsuckers. Nikki Grossman and Joe Hart bill themselves as “a brand-new take on old-time country,” and their newest release, a twelve song (plus one bonus track) collection titled […]

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Jean Ritchie remembered 

| July 3, 2015 | 0 Comments

The late Jean Ruth Ritchie was born in the tiny hamlet of Viper, in Perry County, Kentucky, on December 8, 1922, already immersed in the folk music process; that of searching for and the oral handing down of songs. Ritchie’s paternal grandfather, Austin, was documented […]

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Aren’t you getting a bit personal?

| July 1, 2015 | 0 Comments

There’s been an exciting new development at Bluegrass Today. I think it’s even bigger than the recent breaking of the personnel change story that rocked the industry: “Brian Hampton to Kryspy Rydge.” It may even be bigger than the installation of the new water cooler […]

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Artist2Artist: Ira Gitlin – Two Wrongs Make An Awful Good Right

| July 1, 2015 | 0 Comments

For those who don’t regularly attend bluegrass festivals, or listen to the classic bluegrass music on albums or on terrestrial, streaming and satellite music stations — the clash of musical voicing is what makes classic bluegrass music… bluegrass music. It’s that quirky “you know it […]

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Pickin’ A Part: Bryan Sutton in Telluride

| June 30, 2015 | 0 Comments

Bryan Sutton was born to play the guitar. When it came to a career, he never had a Plan B. Not needed. Clearly. Thursday was Bryan’s day at the 42nd Telluride Bluegrass Festival. He lit up the stage early evening as part of the legendary […]

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Long Way Down video from The Steeldrivers

| June 30, 2015 | 0 Comments

The Steeldrivers have a released a music video for Long Way Down, the opening track from The Muscle Shoals Recordings, their latest album on Rounder. It showcases more of their trademark blues-grass sound, featuring Gary Nichols’ slippery vocals with grassy accompaniment.  

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