• Greensky Bluegrass featured in the Musician Portrait Project

    Ever heard of moving portraits? Me neither. But that’s the idea behind the Musician Portrait Project, a new venture between photographer Derek Brad and his business partner Jeffrey Rayfield. Their concept is to use silent video – shot with high quality equipment – to collect […]

    Greensky Bluegrass featured in the Musician Portrait Project
    | April 16, 2014 | 0 Comments
  • Rhonda Vincent on the Better Show

    As part of her recent New York City media blitz, Rhonda Vincent visited the Better Network. She sat down with hosts of their flagship program, The Better Show, JD Roberto and Rebecca Budig, and talked about her latest CD, Only Me. Vincent then rolled out The […]

    Rhonda Vincent on the Better Show
    | April 16, 2014 | 0 Comments
  • Don’t know nothin’ ’bout lit-ra-cy

    You may not be aware of this, and your calendar may not show it, but in addition to this April of 2014 boasting Easter, Passover, and the U.S. and Canadian tax deadlines, April is also Musical Illiteracy Month. If you’re like most people, you’ll just […]

    Don’t know nothin’ ’bout lit-ra-cy
    | April 16, 2014 | 0 Comments
  • For The Record: Becky Buller #8

    Once again, Stephen Mougin at Dark Shadow Recording has prevailed on one of his artists to retail their recording experience for us in blog form. This time, it’s Becky Buller who is working on her first solo project with the label. Here is the eighth installment of […]

    For The Record: Becky Buller #8
    | April 16, 2014 | 0 Comments
  • On This Day #27 – Delia Bell

    On This Day …. On 16 April circa 1938, Delia Bell (nee Delia Nowell) was born in Bonham, Texas. As a child Bell relocated to Hugo, Oklahoma, and, inspired by the bluegrass music of the Stanley Brothers and Bill Monroe, she began singing in her […]

    On This Day #27 – Delia Bell
    | April 16, 2014 | 0 Comments

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For The Record: Becky Buller #8

Once again, Stephen Mougin at Dark Shadow Recording has prevailed on one of his artists to retail their recording experience for us in blog form. This time, it’s Becky Buller who is working on her first solo project with the label. Here is the eighth installment of […]

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Jim VanCleve exits Mountain Heart [updated]

It’s the end of an era. Fiddler Jim VanCleve has announced his departure from Mountain Heart, a group he helped found some years ago. At its onset, Jim, Barry Abernathy, and Steve Gulley started the band when they left Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver in 1998. […]

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Tony Mowell to NewTown

NewTown has announced Tony Mowell as their new bass player, just in time for the start of their 2014 touring season. With a strong new record, Time Machine, and a good bit of momentum from last year, the band has every reason to expect big things […]

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Captivated – Ashley Lewis

Fans of Sierra Hull and Alison Krauss who have been waiting impatiently for new albums from their favorite ethereal-voiced songstresses may be able to find a fix in the new album from Ashley Lewis. Lewis, a mandolin player and singer whose combination of delicate yet […]

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Dancin’ Annie – Bill Emerson & Sweet Dixie

A couple of things come quickly to mind while listening to Dancin’ Annie, the new Rural Rhythm release from Bill Emerson & Sweet Dixie. The first is that the passage of time hasn’t slowed one of bluegrass music’s steadiest banjo pickers. He still covers the […]

Bluegrass At Large

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Welcome James Munsey

Matt and Juliana Munsey are celebrating the birth of a son. James Alan Munsey was born this morning (4/14/14) at 5:53 a.m. Matt is the mandolinist with Monroeville, whose new album Can’t Put Me Out has just recently been released. He tells us that James was named for his paternal […]

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Two new capos from Planet Waves

Planet Waves, the accessories division of D’Addario, has announced a pair of new capos for fretted stringed instruments.  The NS Artist Capo for guitar and the NS Banjo/Mandolin Pro aim to offer musicians features found in hand-tooled models at a much lower price. The NS […]

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Welcome Everett Chapman

John Chapman, of The Chapmans, and his wife Vickie are celebrating the birth of their first son, and third child. Everett Nathan Chapman was born yesterday (4/12/14) at 12:34 p.m. (CDT). John tells us that he is a big boy, weighing in at 9 lbs 3 […]

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Karl Shiflett teams up with Pointer Brand

If there was ever a match made in heaven, this is it. Karl Shiflett & Big Country Show have signed an endorsement deal with Pointer Brand clothing of Bristol, TN, makers of denim outerwear of every kind. This is a bunch of guys who wear […]

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Welcome Isabella Shilling

Mountain Heart lead singer Josh Shilling and his wife, Aleah, are celebrating the birth of their first child. Isabella Katherine Shilling was born yesterday afternoon (4/8/14) at 5:41 p.m. (CDT). She came in at 5 lbs, 10 oz, and 19” long. Josh reports that mom […]

Bluegrass in the Media

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Greensky Bluegrass featured in the Musician Portrait Project

Ever heard of moving portraits? Me neither. But that’s the idea behind the Musician Portrait Project, a new venture between photographer Derek Brad and his business partner Jeffrey Rayfield. Their concept is to use silent video – shot with high quality equipment – to collect […]

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Rhonda Vincent on the Better Show

As part of her recent New York City media blitz, Rhonda Vincent visited the Better Network. She sat down with hosts of their flagship program, The Better Show, JD Roberto and Rebecca Budig, and talked about her latest CD, Only Me. Vincent then rolled out The […]

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Detour at Zellie’s Opry House

I mentioned over the weekend in the Bluegrass Today forum just how much I was enjoying Detour’s latest album, Going Nowhere Fast. We’ll have a review of the record soon, but in the meantime, here are a couple of videos shot earlier this month when […]

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Deadly Gentlemen on The Gondola Sessions

When you hear of a web music series called The Gondola Sessions, does your mind go to old Venice with a striped shirted gondolier serenading his charges through the canals? If so, you’d be dead wrong. This show comes from Aspen, CO, and packs acoustic […]

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Rhonda does Bloomberg

Rhonda Vincent has been in New York City this week doing promotionand publicity for her latest CD, Only Me. While in the Big Apple, she sat down for a discussion with Pimm Fox with Bloomberg TV. She takes a valiant stab at describing the distinction […]

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Bluegrass Weather Report – 4/15/14

Here’s our Very Special Bluegrass Corespondent with this week’s Bluegrass Weather Report, previewing the Daughters of Bluegrass festival in Guyton, GA.  

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More bluegrass at Carnegie Hall

On March 27, Carnegie Hall in New York City hosted a production of From Sea to Shining Sea, a children’s musical based on Appalachian history. The production was staged by Walker Performing Arts, a youth theater group from Hagerstown, MD with Teri Walker directing. Music was provided by Dry […]

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Bluegrass Weather Report – 4/8/14

Here’s our Special Bluegrass Correspondent with our Bluegrass Weather Report for this week, looking at the Big Lick Bluegrass Festival in Oakboro, North Carolina.  

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Bluegrass Weather Report – 4/1/14

Here’s our Special Bluegrass Correspondent with the Bluegrass Weather Report for this week, looking at the Rockahock Pickin’ and Pullin’ Bluegrass Festival in Lanexa, VA.  

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SOIMF, day 2

Blake Williams opened the final day of the Southern Ohio Indoor Music Festival with some history and stories of Lester Flatt. Isaac Moore joined him for a song. Mountain Faith then provided a wonderful Gospel set. Feller & Hill hit the stage with high energy […]

Opinion & Humor

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Don’t know nothin’ ’bout lit-ra-cy

You may not be aware of this, and your calendar may not show it, but in addition to this April of 2014 boasting Easter, Passover, and the U.S. and Canadian tax deadlines, April is also Musical Illiteracy Month. If you’re like most people, you’ll just […]

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Road restroom ratings for troubadours

For the male road musician, the highway men’s room is a sad fact of life. Last week I promised (or threatened) to begin publishing road bathroom reviews in this space, and if I fail to deliver on that, I’ll be no better than the reluctant […]

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Road restroom reviews – an analysis

At one point several years ago, my bandmate Ned Luberecki and I were going to start writing road restaurant reviews. It was never going to include any upscale places, because that would have required actually eating in an upscale restaurant. Instead we were going to […]

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Tax time for grassers, part II

The plan for this week was to provide some tax advice for working (or occasionally working) bluegrass musicians. As I mentioned last week, I’m not qualified in any way to dispense this kind of information, but since this has never stopped anyone from giving me […]

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Tax time for grassers

It has been my contention for a long time that a great number of bluegrass music fans have no idea how little money the average bluegrass picker lives on. That’s generally how the average bluegrass picker would like it to be, too, since people in […]

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Artist2Artist – Bill Evans: It’s Not You. It’s Them.

| April 15, 2014 | 0 Comments

Bill Evans and I met up one morning at this year’s Folk Alliance in Kansas City, Missouri. He had just finished teaching beginner banjo to a handful of workshop attendees. Folk Alliance has added a free, and might I add, robust lineup of instrumental workshops to their conference. […]

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George Shuffler laid to rest

| April 11, 2014 | 0 Comments

This report (and photos) from George Shuffler’s funeral service yesterday comes from Becky Johnson, host of The Bluegrass Breakdown Show. It airs Wednesdays from 2:00-4:00 p.m. (ET) at wcomfm.org. The sun was bright and the skies a dark Carolina blue as I made my way out of […]

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Feller & Hill’s DC adventure

| April 11, 2014 | 1 Comment

This bluegrass travelogue comes courtesy of Tom Feller, one half of Feller & Hill, whose spur-of-the-moment trip to our nation’s capitol is described below. There is much to what Tom says that could be of benefit to other bands and entertainers. A chance email, early […]

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Win an autographed Soggy Bottom Boys show poster

| April 10, 2014 | 0 Comments

Would you like to own a signed show poster from the Soggy Bottom Boys’ recent live show in Gatlinburg, TN? As we mentioned in an earlier post, the guys signed a limited number of these when they performed in March at the Ole Smoky Moonshine Distillery. One of only […]

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George Shuffler: A Career Overview

| April 10, 2014 | 1 Comment

Born in Valdese, North Carolina, on April 11, 1925, George Saunders Shuffler was a very significant creative force in the bluegrass music world. Shuffler is best known for his association with the Stanley Brothers and the Clinch Mountain Boys, and later Ralph Stanley, for popularizing […]

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