• Pocket Lick apps for banjo and guitar

    As an instructor in ETSU’s Bluegrass, Old Time, and Country Music Studies program, and having taught several students privately as well, I’m well aware of the struggle many would-be students face when trying to learn to play a musical instrument. Between work, school, family, and […]

    Pocket Lick apps for banjo and guitar
    | August 29, 2014 | 0 Comments
  • Dear Sister video from Claire Lynch

    Dear Sister, the title track from Claire Lynch’s current CD, has been a very popular number for her this past 18 months or so. Co-written by Claire and Louisa Branscomb, it continues her habit of recording thoughtful and compelling songs about the American Civil War, […]

    Dear Sister video from Claire Lynch
    | August 29, 2014 | 0 Comments
  • Welcome new IBMA Board members

    The International Bluegrass Music Association has announced three new members of their Board of Directors, chosen by their respective constituent membership. Welcome Joe Mullins, David Smith, and John Goad. The IBMA allows their professional members to select from among several categories when they join, with […]

    Welcome new IBMA Board members
    | August 29, 2014 | 0 Comments
  • 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 […]

    Crowe, Lawson, & Williams are still Standing Tall and Tough
    | August 29, 2014 | 0 Comments
  • Dick Freeland Remembered

    We have collected some memories from a few people who knew Dick Freeland well. Long-time Bluegrass Unlimited contributor, Walt Saunders (he writes the column Notes and Queries) remembers Dick Freeland ……… I first met Dick Freeland in 1966. He was not only one of the […]

    Dick Freeland Remembered
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Latest Bluegrass Music News

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Pocket Lick apps for banjo and guitar

As an instructor in ETSU’s Bluegrass, Old Time, and Country Music Studies program, and having taught several students privately as well, I’m well aware of the struggle many would-be students face when trying to learn to play a musical instrument. Between work, school, family, and […]

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Mac Wiseman – Blue Ridge Mountain Blues

Wrinkled Records has released audio from their upcoming Mac Wiseman album, Songs From My Mother’s Hand. Due September 23, the record includes newly-recorded versions of old country and folk songs which his mother took down the words for by hand, and saved in a composition […]

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Brandon Green to Chosen Road

Jonathan Bucker had several pieces of news about Chosen Road when we caught up recently. He and the band have a new album, Love’s Purest Light, released this Summer on Poor Mountain Records. It’s their first studio project in three years, featuring a set of both […]

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Now The Summer’s Gone from Mullins and the Ramblers

Rebel Records has released a second single from the upcoming Joe Mullins & the Radio Ramblers CD, Another Day From Life. This one is Now The Summer’s Gone, written by Barkley Davis, a young bluegrass writer from Indiana with a pedigree. His dad, Marvin, has […]

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Kyle Murphy to Jeff Brown

Kyle Murphy has been announced as the new fiddler with Jeff Brown & Still Lonesome. He’s a native Californian who grew up playing both fiddle and mandolin with his dad and sister in The Murphy Family Band. Murphy came east to study in the Bluegrass, Old […]

Bluegrass At Large

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Last chance to win Wide Open Bluegrass getaway

Today, August 28, is the last day to enter for a chance to win a pair of tickets to IBMA’s Wide Open Bluegrass festival in Raleigh, NC, along with hotel accommodations and $500 in travel expenses. The giveaway is sponsored by Visit Raleigh, the convention and […]

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Marty Raybon announces Shenandoah reunion tour

Marty Raybon has announced that he is reuniting with his former Shenandoah bandmates for select dates during 2015. The band had a very successful run in country music in the late 1980s and early ’90s, with hits like Mama Knows, The Church On Cumberland Road, […]

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Phil Leadbetter health update

All of bluegrass rejoiced with the news that Phil Leadbetter, celebrated reso-guitarist, had defeated his cancer after a successful stem cell transplant two years ago. And we were all crestfallen when he announced in June of this year that the cancer, Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, had returned. We […]

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Del McCoury to receive Berklee honor

The Berklee College of Music is set to honor Del McCoury with an American Roots Master award when he performs with his band in Boston on September 12. Despite having been founded in 1945 for the study of jazz music, a new popular style at the […]

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Congratulations Steven and Christi Dowdy

Earlier this month, Steven Dowdy, guitarist and vocalist with The Bluegrass Brothers, was married to Christi Bryant. He shared this brief description of their big day. “Christi and I joined hands in marriage on August 11. We had been childhood sweethearts, and have known each […]

Bluegrass in the Media

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Dear Sister video from Claire Lynch

Dear Sister, the title track from Claire Lynch’s current CD, has been a very popular number for her this past 18 months or so. Co-written by Claire and Louisa Branscomb, it continues her habit of recording thoughtful and compelling songs about the American Civil War, […]

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Behind The Mic with Julie Tucker

Sometimes, bluegrass music can sneak up and take you by surprise. One day you’re a casual fan, adding some bluegrass songs to your iPod occasionally and attending one or two festivals in the area each year. The next day, you’re all in: spending all week […]

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Valerie Smith on The Human Condition

You can never be too sure what to expect from Valerie Smith. Her contributions to the musical arts follow her whim, as all art must do I suppose. Val has come through some difficult times of late, including health issues related to her voice. She told […]

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Red Oak Tree video from Donna Hughes

Donna Hughes has released a music video from her two new albums. That’s right… two new albums. Hughes drops a pair of projects today, consisting of her original songs, packaged separately with different titles. From The Heart is produced as a bluegrass album, complete with […]

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The Guitar Player’s Guide to Developing Creative Solos

Flatpicking Guitar Magazine has published a comprehensive manual on developing solos for acoustic guitar. Written by FGM publisher Dan Miller, The Guitar Player’s Guide to Developing Creative Solos runs to 260 pages and includes a pair of audio CDs covering what the author describes as three […]

Latest Events News

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Bluegrass Weather Report – 8/27/14

Here’s our Special Bluegrass Correspondent with this week’s Bluegrass Weather Report, looking into Kentucky’s Bluegrass & Bourbon Experience.  

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One final batch from Gettysburg, August 2014

And here’s the final gallery of Frank Baker’s photos from the August 2014 Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival.  

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Still more from Gettysburg, August 2014

Frank Baker sent a ton of stage images from the August 2014 Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival. Here is gallery #3 of 4.    

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More from Gettysburg, August 2014

Here’s a second batch of images from Frank Baker taken at last weekend’s Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival.

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Gettysburg August 2014

Frank Baker was on hand once again for the Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival this past weekend. We’ll share his images over the next few days.

Latest Reviews

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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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The Meyerband

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before… A talented group of siblings dedicate their youth to bluegrass music and attract attention for their skill and depth of understanding while still in their teens. Meyerband, previously know as Meyer Bluegrass Band, has released a debut […]

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Wanderlust – The Davidson Brothers

While they generate headlines in their native Australia, The Davidson Brothers aren’t nearly as well known in the US, something they hope to remedy with their showcase appearances at the 2014 World of Bluegrass convention coming up next month. And with their latest album, Wanderlust, […]

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Album of the Week #37: The Boys From Indiana’s Atlanta Is Burning

Few bluegrass acts have dominated the Midwest, primarily the OKI (Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana) region, as The Boys From Indiana did in the late seventies. Known for their lively stage shows and strong original songs, The Boys From Indiana were one of the top festival acts […]

Recent Bluegrass Today News

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What’s wrong with bluegrass?

| August 27, 2014 | 0 Comments

It’s been a while since we discussed the IBMA breakaway organization, the ABMA, which stands for the Argumentative Bluegrass Music Association. They formed a few years ago and built themselves on the principle that nothing advances our music more than arguing about it. They held […]

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Artie Werner remembers Ron Murphy

| August 26, 2014 | 0 Comments

Artie Werner, bass player, band manager and booking agent, shared these words of remembrance for his friend, Ron Murphy, who passed away yesterday. Ron and his wife of 40 years, Lora formed The Muddy River Band in 1977, played a heavy schedule through the mid […]

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9th annual IBMM Mandolin Camp in November

| August 26, 2014 | 0 Comments

The International Bluegrass Music Museum will continue to host its annual mandolin camp at IBMM headquarters in Owensboro, KY under the direction of Mike Compton. Some confusion has arisen owing to Mike moving his Bill Monroe mandolin camp to Nashville, which had previously been held at […]

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Darrell Webb steps away from Sideline

| August 25, 2014 | 1 Comment

There’s a truism in the music world that no part time band ever stays that way for long. Even if all the members agree that the effort will take a back seat to careers or family, if the music is good, demands to go full time […]

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Ron Murphy passes

| August 25, 2014 | 1 Comment

Ron Murphy, whose rock-solid bass playing anchored the Cincinnati-area band Muddy River for many years, died this morning, one day short of his 67th birthday.Ron’s kidneys failed in June and he was diagnosed with melanoma. Despite treatment, the cancer spread and he recently entered hospice […]

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