• New look for Grasstowne

    Grasstowne will have a new look and sound for 2015. Mandolinist and bandleader Alan Bibey says that they will be going as a four piece, reuniting him with some of his old bluegrass buddies. Justin Jenkins will remain on banjo, with Gena Britt coming in […]

    New look for Grasstowne
    | December 17, 2014 | 0 Comments
  • Blue – Mountain Faith

    It’s a plain fact that Gospel music has always been a part of the bluegrass tradition. From the earliest days, Bill Monroe, Flatt & Scruggs, and The Stanley Brothers incorporated spirituals and hymns into their stage and radio shows, typically performed without banjo or fiddle […]

    Blue – Mountain Faith
    | December 17, 2014 | 0 Comments
  • Merry Christmas from Scott and Bobby

    Scott Napier and Bobby Osborne, otherwise known as the mandolin faculty at the Kentucky School of Bluegrass & Traditional Music at Hazard Community and Technical College, created this brief holiday message on video. It’s their twin mando version of the Christmas classic, You Better Watch […]

    Merry Christmas from Scott and Bobby
    | December 17, 2014 | 0 Comments
  • New bridge for electric banjo from Ryan Cavanaugh

    It may have appeal for only a limited sector of the banjo world, but pro-picker Ryan Cavanaugh has come up with a new bridge for use on electric banjos that dramatically enhances the natural banjo tone. They will only work on models with a bridge […]

    New bridge for electric banjo from Ryan Cavanaugh
    | December 17, 2014 | 0 Comments
  • In It For The Long Run from Jim Rooney

    Still stuck for a bluegrass Christmas gift idea for someone who buys all the music they want for themselves? Here’s something that slipped past us as it was released earlier this year when it was sent to an old address, and might be perfect for that bluegrass […]

    In It For The Long Run from Jim Rooney
    | December 16, 2014 | 0 Comments

Latest Bluegrass Music News

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New look for Grasstowne

Grasstowne will have a new look and sound for 2015. Mandolinist and bandleader Alan Bibey says that they will be going as a four piece, reuniting him with some of his old bluegrass buddies. Justin Jenkins will remain on banjo, with Gena Britt coming in […]

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Cambrian Explosion in Boston?

Here’s word of another new EP coming from the burgeoning Boston contemporary bluegrass scene. This time it’s guitarist Andy Cambria putting together a solo project with several of his friends. But Andy says that it’s really more of a band project, recorded with a group that has […]

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Joe Carr passes

Joe Carr, Texas bluegrass musician and educator, passed away yesterday (12/14) following a stroke. He was 63 years old. Joe had been dealing with the symptoms of multiple sclerosis for several years, which had limited his mobility but not his spirit and love of the music. During […]

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Another Reno & Harrell reissue from Rural Rhythm

Rural Rhythm Records has produced another classic reissue with the release of Don Reno & Bill Harrell with The Tennessee Cut-Ups. Originally offered on LP in 1966, this record featured 20 bluegrass favorites by this stellar version of the band. In addition to Don Reno on […]

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Debut album coming from Lonely Heartstring Band

Boston’s Lonely Heartstring Band met cute. While students at the Berklee College of Music, they accepted a wedding gig that called on them to perform a program of Beatles music on bluegrass instruments. They worked the gig, and enjoyed it such that the five young pickers […]

Bluegrass At Large

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Merry Christmas from Scott and Bobby

Scott Napier and Bobby Osborne, otherwise known as the mandolin faculty at the Kentucky School of Bluegrass & Traditional Music at Hazard Community and Technical College, created this brief holiday message on video. It’s their twin mando version of the Christmas classic, You Better Watch […]

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New bridge for electric banjo from Ryan Cavanaugh

It may have appeal for only a limited sector of the banjo world, but pro-picker Ryan Cavanaugh has come up with a new bridge for use on electric banjos that dramatically enhances the natural banjo tone. They will only work on models with a bridge […]

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Behind the Image: Jim McGuire’s Hall of Fame Photo

This article on the iconic image of John Hartford his fans know so well is a contribution from Phil Newman, a writer based in Franklin, TN, who serves as publicist for The John Hartford Office. It also appeared in the December 2014 edition of the John […]

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3rd annual Bluegrass Music Appreciation Day

Did you know that we were on the cusp of the 3rd Annual Bluegrass Music Appreciation Day? It’s true. Starting in 2012, December 12 was declared as a day to share your love for bluegrass music, and the artists who preserve and perform it. Word didn’t come down […]

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We want to see your mug

Your face, that is – and your Bluegrass Today coffee mug! For the month of December, we are asking readers to send us a photo of themselves with their Bluegrass Today mug. Each Friday, starting next week, we will select our favorite and award the winner […]

Bluegrass in the Media

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In It For The Long Run from Jim Rooney

Still stuck for a bluegrass Christmas gift idea for someone who buys all the music they want for themselves? Here’s something that slipped past us as it was released earlier this year when it was sent to an old address, and might be perfect for that bluegrass […]

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Gabrielle Gray departs as IBMM Director

IBMA isn’t the only international bluegrass organization looking for an Executive Director. The IBMM, (International Bluegrass Music Museum), located in Owensboro, KY, is also on the hunt. It was announced yesterday afternoon that Gabrielle Gray, who has served in that position for the past 12 […]

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Santa Never Brings Me A Banjo

This precious video has been making the rounds online this past few days, written by Canadian folksinger David Myles, animated by Scott Simpson with Playmaker Films, and directed by Murray Bain of Copernicus Studios.  

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An Interview with Jon Weisberger

We’ve written a good bit this past few months about the International Bluegrass Music Association, it’s extremely successful 2014 World of Bluegrass Convention, International Bluegrass Music Awards, and Wide Open Bluegrass Festival, and the subsequent resignation of Executive Director Nancy Cardwell, and the dustup between a […]

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In case you missed it…

The Sleepy Man Banjo Boys performed yesterday morning on Fox & Friends, the morning news and talk show on Fox News. They chatted a bit with the host before launching into a new song for the viewers. Watch the latest video at video.foxnews.com  

Latest Events News

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Town Mountain in Germany with The Bluegrass Jamboree

This report is a contribution from Nick DiSebastian, bass player with Town Mountain who have just completed a tour in Germany. On December 15th we departed for a 3 week tour across Germany called The Bluegrass Jamboree. Each year Rainer Zellner attends IBMA to recruit three American […]

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Mountains of Music Homecoming in Virginia

The value of indigenous folk and acoustic music to regional tourism is something that is being realized in many parts of the US these days. Our cultural history doesn’t go back as far as our friends’ in Europe does, but people here are still fascinated by […]

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Bluegrass Weather Report – 12/9/14

Here’s our Very Special Bluegrass Correspondent with this week’s Bluegrass Weather Report, looking at the Christmas in the Smokies festival in Pigeon Forge, TN.  

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All Star Benefit for James King in Nashville

As they always do, a group of top bluegrass artists have banded together to put on a benefit concert for James King. It is scheduled for December 15 at The Nashville Palace, with all proceeds going to the James King medical fund. James has had […]

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Bluegrass Weather Report – 11/25/14

Here’s our Special Bluegrass Correspondent with this week’s Bluegrass Weather Report, looking at this Thanksgiving weekend’s South Carolina State Bluegrass Festival in Myrtle Beach, SC.  

Latest Reviews

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Blue – Mountain Faith

It’s a plain fact that Gospel music has always been a part of the bluegrass tradition. From the earliest days, Bill Monroe, Flatt & Scruggs, and The Stanley Brothers incorporated spirituals and hymns into their stage and radio shows, typically performed without banjo or fiddle […]

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In the Wind Somewhere – Richard Bennett

Although I’ve heard quite a few great albums this year, from both new and established artists, one of the strongest and most enjoyable is the newest release from Richard Bennett, In the Wind Somewhere. On this, his second project for eastern Kentucky’s Lonesome Day Records, […]

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Nashville – The Osborne Brothers

Although today, the Osborne Brothers are often recognized as symbols of traditional bluegrass, during much of their recording career, they were some of the most adventurous artists in the bluegrass world. They were using country instruments – electric bass, drums, steel guitar, piano – before […]

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Forty Years Old – The Crowe Brothers

As the title of their latest album from Mountain Fever attests, The Crowe Brothers (Josh and Wayne) have been been performing together now for more than forty years. Brother duet harmony singing never seems to go out of style, and this pair is back with […]

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Another Day From Life

When a new band finds prominence quickly, it’s not uncommon to wonder how they might weather the inevitable personnel swaps that occur in bluegrass. It’s especially true for a group that isn’t built primarily on the strength of a single member, like Joe Mullins & […]

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Ray Davis remembered 

| December 15, 2014 | 0 Comments

Renowned bluegrass DJ Ray Davis passed away during the evening of December 3, 2014.  He had been battling against leukemia for most of the past year. As we have told Ray Davis life story quite well in the past, we asked notable Bluegrass Unlimited columnist […]

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Free download from The Gibson Brothers

| December 12, 2014 | 0 Comments

It looks like Rounder Records is in the Christmas spirit as well. They are offering a free download of The Gibson Brothers’ version of Bye Bye Love from their upcoming Brotherhood album in exchange for your email address. The song is a classic from The […]

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O Holy Night from Nightflyer

| December 11, 2014 | 0 Comments

The guys in Nightflyer have created a special bluegrass-tinged arrangement of O Holy Night for Christmas 2014. It has been among the most beloved carols since it was introduced in the mid 19th century, one that is often a struggle for lesser vocalists. This track […]

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Meanwhile, at the airport…

| December 11, 2014 | 0 Comments

One of the best parts of having Hot Rize back on tour again is tracking the mischief that Red Knuckles & the Trailblazers get into following the Hot Rize boys around on the road. Now, it appears that something is brewing between these bands of brothers. […]

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New Norman Blake CD in January

| December 10, 2014 | 0 Comments

In the 1970s, flatpicker, songsmith, and vocalist Norman Blake produced a string of superb recordings that featured primarily him and his guitar. Some included contributions from his wife, Nancy, and a few other old time artists, but the main vibe was Norman and his guitar. Now, […]

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