• I Am The Road video from Hot Rize

    Bluegrass Underground has released a video from their recent taping, featuring a song from Hot Rize’s current album, When I’m Free. Hot Rize taped a full set, which will be included in the next season of the PBS program starting this Fall, but here’s a look […]

    I Am The Road video from Hot Rize
    | April 17, 2015 | 0 Comments
  • Position available with IBMA

    The International Bluegrass Music Association in Nashville is looking for a Member Services Manager/Bookkeeper. If you are looking for an opening in the exciting business of bluegrass music, this could be your chance. The organization requests that responses in the form of a resume with cover letter […]

    Position available with IBMA
    | April 17, 2015 | 0 Comments
  • 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, […]

    Purely Instrumental – Johnny Warren & Charlie Cushman
    | April 17, 2015 | 0 Comments
  • Blended Blue from John Berry

    Country artist John Berry had a good run in the ’90s, enjoying a #1 hit with Your Love Amazes Me, and Top Ten status for She’s Taken a Shine and Standing on the Edge of Goodbye. When his string of hits subsided, John resettled near his childhood home in […]

    Blended Blue from John Berry
    | April 17, 2015 | 0 Comments
  • Belle Election video from April Verch

    With The Newpart, her new trio album, just arrived, April Verch has released a video as well, featuring one of the tunes from the record. It’s a rousing version of Belle Election, which combines all the familiar elements of a Verch performance: tasty fiddle and […]

    Belle Election video from April Verch
    | April 17, 2015 | 0 Comments

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Blended Blue from John Berry

Country artist John Berry had a good run in the ’90s, enjoying a #1 hit with Your Love Amazes Me, and Top Ten status for She’s Taken a Shine and Standing on the Edge of Goodbye. When his string of hits subsided, John resettled near his childhood home in […]

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Ain’t That Crazy from Gold Heart

Gold Heart has a first single out today from their upcoming Mountain Fever Album, Places I’ve Been. The band consists of the three Gold sisters from northern Virginia, with their dad, Trent, on bass. All three sing, with Tori on mandolin, Jocey on guitar, and […]

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Take It Easy coming soon from Monogram

Monogram, the popular European bluegrass band based in Prague, is finishing up work on a new album, Take It Easy. Founding members Zdeněk Jahoda (mandolin) and Jaromír Jahoda (banjo), along with long time bassist Pavel Lžičař, have welcomed new bandmates Pepa Malina on fiddle, and Jindřich Vinkler as their lead vocalist, […]

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Bluefield West Virginia Blues from Big Country Bluegrass

Rebel Records has released a single, Bluefield West Virginia Blues, from their upcoming album by Big Country Bluegrass. It’s a new song from Tom T. & Dixie Hall and Troy Engle, telling of a time when Tom T. encountered an exceptional banjo player who he didn’t have […]

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David Parmley back in 2016

Good news for fans of soulful bluegrass singing. David Parmley has decided that he’s been away from the music too long, and is reforming his band with an eye towards touring full time in 2016. He’s planning to get back in the studio this Summer, […]

Bluegrass At Large

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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 […]

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Union House Records launches

Union House Records has begun operation, being the latest such venture created to focus on bluegrass music. It’s structured as a sort of artist and writer’s collective, owned and managed jointly by Mike Bentley, Jeff Brown, Shannon Slaughter, and Dale Felts. The label will release albums for […]

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Welcome Annabelle Smith

This looks like a big week for bluegrass babies! Kenny and Amanda Smith are also celebrating a birth, that of their first child, Annabelle Blake. Guitar players will grasp the significance of her middle name right away. She was born last night (4/8) at 10:43 p.m. (CDT), […]

Bluegrass in the Media

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I Am The Road video from Hot Rize

Bluegrass Underground has released a video from their recent taping, featuring a song from Hot Rize’s current album, When I’m Free. Hot Rize taped a full set, which will be included in the next season of the PBS program starting this Fall, but here’s a look […]

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Position available with IBMA

The International Bluegrass Music Association in Nashville is looking for a Member Services Manager/Bookkeeper. If you are looking for an opening in the exciting business of bluegrass music, this could be your chance. The organization requests that responses in the form of a resume with cover letter […]

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Belle Election video from April Verch

With The Newpart, her new trio album, just arrived, April Verch has released a video as well, featuring one of the tunes from the record. It’s a rousing version of Belle Election, which combines all the familiar elements of a Verch performance: tasty fiddle and […]

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Band of Ruhks video coming soon

Fresh off the success of their debut album, Band of Ruhks is putting the finishing touches on a music video for the first single, Coal Mining Man. Bassist and vocalist Ronnie Bowman tells us that they have already shot footage of Ralph Stanley, who kicks […]

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Baucom to go into Blue Ridge Music HoF

The Blue Ridge Music Hall of Fame in Wilkesboro, NC has announced the inductees for their 2015 class, and it includes bluegrass greats Terry Baucom, Lulu Belle and Scotty, and The Lewis Family. Also chosen for this year are songwriter Si Kahn, country artist Ronnie Milsap, […]

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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.  

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MerleFest 2015 Chris Austin finalists

MerleFest has announced the finalists in their 2015 Chris Austin Songwriting Contest, an invitational competition being held for the 23rd time this year during the festival on April 24. Three finalists are selected in four categories from among the hundreds of entries recevied, to vie […]

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Bluegrass Weather Report – 3/31/15

Here’s our Special Bluegrass Correspondent with this week’s Bluegrass Weather Report, looking at the Florida State Bluegrass Festival in Perry, FL.  

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Bluegrass Today is Bristol bound

This weekend is the first of what it is expected to be an annual event, the Bristol Bluegrass Springfest, held at the Holiday Inn in Bristol, VA. The intention is to provide an indoor bluegrass event just as we all shake off the winter blues […]

Latest Reviews

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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 […]

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Different Shade of Blue – New River Bluegrass

Since their beginnings a decade ago, upstate South Carolina’s New River Bluegrass has focused on bluegrass Gospel music, even hitting number one on the Singing News bluegrass chart in 2013 with When I Look Back Down the Road from their Pisgah Ridge-released album Heart on […]

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Another Bristol Spring Fest remembrance

One of my favorite things to do – something I like better than almost anything else – is to attend bluegrass festivals. The great performances, the jamming, the chance to catch up with friends I haven’t seen since the last festival… it all combines for […]

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Larry Sparks is the man!

Driving home yesterday from the Bristol Bluegrass Spring Fest, I was struck by one overwhelming sentiment. What a joy it is to live in a world where Larry Sparks is a superstar. It may not be true everywhere, everytime – I’m sure Mr. Sparks can make it […]

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Old Virginia video from Cornmeal

| April 15, 2015 | 0 Comments

To kick off their 15th year, jamgrass favorites Cornmeal from Chicago has released a music video for Old Virginia, a track set for their new next album, Slow Street, set for a May 29 drop date. It was shot a few weeks ago at Second Story Garage in […]

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The Story Before The Song

| April 15, 2015 | 0 Comments

Even if I’ve seemed dazed and/or confused by the origins of some of the songs we sing, I was nonetheless thrilled to recently discover a whole set of prequels to some of these traditional standards. They were collected by the renowned ethnomusicologist Dr. William “Squeaky” […]

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Larry Keel talks new music

| April 14, 2015 | 0 Comments

With a rich background in Appalachia, and years of picking their own brand of vivid bluegrass blended jam music, it is undeniable that The Larry Keel Experience is one of the most lively acts on the festival scene today. Attendees at their Jefferson Theater show […]

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Lila Mae video from Lonesome River Band

| April 14, 2015 | 0 Comments

Lonesome River Band has released a music video for Lila Mae, a somber song of deceit and retribution from their current Mountain Home album, Turn On A Dime. It’s a full-on concept video shot at at Wheatlands Plantation in Sevierville, TN, and set in the Civil […]

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Love Me Darlin’ (Just Tonight) video from Karin Wright

| April 13, 2015 | 0 Comments

Norwegian bluegrass/country singer Karin Wright has released a new music video from her current album, You Got The Silver. It’s for the familiar Stanley Brothers classic, Love Me Darlin’ Just Tonight, but it takes a unique approach. The musical arrangement is hard-charging and traditional, but […]

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