• Vince Combs passes

    Vince Combs, a near-legendary Monroe-style mandolinist from Kentucky, has passed away after a four year struggle with bone marrow cancer. He was 81 years of age, and died on Saturday night (7/25). Though born and raised in Eastern Kentucky, his life was divided between his work for General […]

    Vince Combs passes
    | July 27, 2015 | 0 Comments
  • Brighter Every Day – Trout Steak Revival

    One of the most recent groups from the western bluegrass world to begin gaining national recognition is Trout Steak Revival, a Denver-based band that also won the 2014 band competition at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival. The five-piece group has been playing together for several years, […]

    Brighter Every Day – Trout Steak Revival
    | July 27, 2015 | 0 Comments
  • Friday at Marshall Bluegrass 2015

    Friday at the Marshall Bluegrass Festival had somewhat of a theme. There were two Michigan based bands and five Ohio based bands. Ottawa County from the Port Clinton, Ohio area took the stage first. The band is a well-established, traditional bluegrass band. They were followed […]

    Friday at Marshall Bluegrass 2015
    | July 27, 2015 | 0 Comments
  • Nothin’ Fancy to Mountain Fever

    Mountain Fever Records has announced the signing of established bluegrass artists Nothin’ Fancy to a new recording contract. The group has been a fixture on the bluegrass scene since they formed in 1994 to enter a band competition in Virginia. Mike Andes (mandolin), Mitchell Davis (banjo), […]

    Nothin’ Fancy to Mountain Fever
    | July 27, 2015 | 0 Comments
  • Radio video from The Steeps

    The Steep Canyon Rangers have released a music video from the title track of their upcoming album, Radio. It finds our heroes on stage amidst a dazzling light show, picking and singing in the studio, and jamming on the bus – the life of a […]

    Radio video from The Steeps
    | July 27, 2015 | 0 Comments

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Vince Combs passes

Vince Combs, a near-legendary Monroe-style mandolinist from Kentucky, has passed away after a four year struggle with bone marrow cancer. He was 81 years of age, and died on Saturday night (7/25). Though born and raised in Eastern Kentucky, his life was divided between his work for General […]

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Nothin’ Fancy to Mountain Fever

Mountain Fever Records has announced the signing of established bluegrass artists Nothin’ Fancy to a new recording contract. The group has been a fixture on the bluegrass scene since they formed in 1994 to enter a band competition in Virginia. Mike Andes (mandolin), Mitchell Davis (banjo), […]

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No more Deadly Gentlemen

The Deadly Gentlemen, Boston’s bad boy newgrass band, has announced that they are hanging it up. Original members had been peeling away this past year or so, and the remaining members have been working on outside projects. The Gentlemen were known as one of the first […]

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My Bonnie Lies Over The Ocean

Nehi Records, a British label dedicated to producing audiophile quality remasters of early American folk music, has released a three-disc set titled My Bonnie Lies Over The Ocean: British Songs In The USA. It contains 75 tracks captured from roughly 1920 through to 1945. Included are […]

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Patsy Stoneman passes

Patsy Stoneman, one of the last remaining members of the famous Stoneman Family who performed together through much of the 20th century, has died. She was 90 years of age. When The Stonemans were in their hey day in the 1960s, Patsy was easily recognizable with […]

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Sound Marketing for Bluegrass

Did you know that Bluegrass Today publishes a periodic newsletter about online marketing for bluegrass professionals? It’s free to all comers, and is delivered by email twice each month, written by branding expert Barry Silverstein. Each issue of Sound Marketing for Bluegrass focuses on some aspect […]

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ETSU seeks Marketing Coordinator

ETSU’s Department of Appalachian Studies, which includes their Bluegrass, Old Time, and Country Music Studies degree program, has posted an opening for a Public Relations and Marketing Coordinator. This is a half-time position for someone to assist with the promotion of the BOT&CMS department, and developing marketing […]

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Precious Memories: 40 Years Inside Bluegrass at Raleigh City Museum

In just over two months, we’ll all be packing up for the trip down to Raleigh for the 2015 World Of Bluegrass. For those of us who spend a solid week there each year, that’s nerve-wracking reminder of how little time we have yet to […]

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Elderly Instruments mural excites Lansing

Though it has operated since 1984 in a renovated building on North Washington Avenue in Lansing, MI, Elderly Instruments has recently undertaken a major exterior facelift. And what an update it is! Owner Stan Werbin has commissioned Los Angeles artist Jennifer Springman to design and apply a […]

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Remington Ryde festival attendees step up for James King

We never tire at Bluegrass Today of expounding on the generosity and kindness of the bluegrass community. It was demonstrated again over this past weekend at the Remington Ryde Bluegrass Festival this past weekend in Centre Hall, PA. During her stage set, Lorraine Jordan mentioned […]

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Radio video from The Steeps

The Steep Canyon Rangers have released a music video from the title track of their upcoming album, Radio. It finds our heroes on stage amidst a dazzling light show, picking and singing in the studio, and jamming on the bus – the life of a […]

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Jerusalem Ridge video from the O’Connors

Mark and Maggie O’Connor have released a second video from their upcoming Duo CD, Mark’s arrangement of the classic Bill Monroe tune, Jerusalem Ridge. This is one that bluegrass fans know well, though Mark refers to it in his notes as Jerusalem’s Ridge. “Jerusalem’s Ridge is […]

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IBMA requesting Momentum Awards nominees

It’s that time of year again, folks. Time for the International Bluegrass Music Association’s annual request for help in selecting nominees for their 2015 Momentum Awards. This is their series of special awards to honor new artists and business people in the bluegrass world, and give them a […]

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Honesty video from Mustered Courage

Aussie grass pop mavens Mustered Courage have dropped a music video for Honesty, a new track released ahead of their next album. It finds the guys racing heavily-armored tricycles in a live action video game to the lushly-produced strains of the latest single. There’s a new three-man format […]

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War In My Mind video from Natural Fusion Project

When musical friends get together to experiment without preconceptions, interesting and unexpected outcomes can be the result. Such is the case with The Natural Fusion Project, a two-year-old effort that came from a pair of Slovak artists looking to merge their musical approaches. One, Richard Cifersky, was […]

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Friday at Marshall Bluegrass 2015

Friday at the Marshall Bluegrass Festival had somewhat of a theme. There were two Michigan based bands and five Ohio based bands. Ottawa County from the Port Clinton, Ohio area took the stage first. The band is a well-established, traditional bluegrass band. They were followed […]

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Thursday at Marshall Bluegrass

Thursday was the official opening of the 18th Marshall Bluegrass Festival held on the Calhoun County Fairgrounds in Marshall, Michigan. Local favorites and Southeast Michigan Bluegrass Music Association member band, Out of the Blue, opened the show. They return Friday for two big sets. Relatively new […]

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Sunday at Grey Fox 2015

Sunday of Grey Fox has a number of the events that folks have been building up to to conclude the festival. There are the raffle drawings for the instruments, more great bands, and the giant group photo of the staff and volunteers. There is also […]

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Saturday photos from Grey Fox 2015

Saturday at Grey Fox 2015  had many options for both viewing and participating in activities for folks of all ages, with the normal workshops on all the bluegrass instruments and directed slow jams, but also some less common options like the meditation class, the luthier […]

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Bluegrass Ball rolls again in November

The Bluegrass Ball is what The Travelin’ McCourys call their periodic tours across the US, typically with high-profile guests in tow. Material performed varies with the artists who accompany them on the road, not surprising for a band that does not include a guitarist or […]

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Brighter Every Day – Trout Steak Revival

One of the most recent groups from the western bluegrass world to begin gaining national recognition is Trout Steak Revival, a Denver-based band that also won the 2014 band competition at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival. The five-piece group has been playing together for several years, […]

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Ethan Jodziewicz & Tatiana Hargreaves

We’ve commented many times here at Bluegrass Today about the new trends in acoustic string music brought about by its recent acceptance as a course of study in higher education. Not only does this mean that promising young musicians in our wider genre get top-level […]

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Spruce Pine Festival: A Hidden Gem in the North Carolina Mountains

Nestled on a hillside in historic downtown Spruce Pine, N.C., my companion and I enjoyed some of the best bluegrass music, food and small town atmosphere I’ve encountered. Now in its fourth year, the Spruce Pine Barbecue Championship and Bluegrass Festival held July 17–18 featured […]

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Red Wing Roots 2015

When standing beneath the monumental Natural Chimneys (120 foot limestone pillars and the only remaining evidence that this part of the world was once completely undersea) in Mount Solon, Virginia, it’s hard to imagine a more beautiful location for a music festival. That’s just one […]

Courtney Hartmann with Della Mae at Grey Fox 2015 - photo by Tara Linhardt

Friday at Grey Fox 2015

Friday at Grey Fox was another action-packed day. One of the hardest things about this festival is deciding what to do with so many great activities happening at the same time. There were workshops on dance, songwriting, and all kinds of instruments. Then there was the huge […]

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Theme Time and other radiophonic devices

| July 22, 2015 | 0 Comments

I have tended to shy away from themes in my radio work. With the classic bluegrass show I do for SiriusXM called Truegrass, I’ll occasionally do tributes to some of the bluegrass greats in honor of a special occasion like their birthday, their death, or […]

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On My Way single drops for Urban Monroes

| July 21, 2015 | 0 Comments

Portland, OR’s Urban Monroes have released a single to radio, ahead of their next full length album project. On My Way is a song from the Monroes’ guitarist and lead vocalist Fran Kent, mining the familiar vein of going home. It is offered now to […]

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Abby Hollander Band

| July 21, 2015 | 0 Comments

The Abby Hollander Band is a bluegrass outfit based in Brooklyn, NY. Yes… they have them there. Abby plays bass, sings lead, and writes most of the band’s material. She’s gone the opposite route of many New York musicians, moving from her native Woodstock to […]

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Thursday at Grey Fox 2015

| July 21, 2015 | 0 Comments

Well, this last weekend was another stupendous Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival in beautiful Oak Hill, New York – one of the best-run festivals in the country, in my opinion. There are plenty of ideas that festivals around the country can learn from this well-oiled machine. It is […]

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The Moron Brothers on their Hillbilly Houseboat

| July 20, 2015 | 0 Comments

The Moron Brothers have been regaling bluegrass audiences with down home comedy and wisdom from their home in Kentucky this past 20 years. Typically this has been from festival stages where their mix of music and mayhem is always a big hit, but the Brothers are […]

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