Latest Bluegrass Music News


Ralph Stanley recovering after fall

Ralph Stanley is recovering in the hospital after cracking his pelvis in a fall last week. Minor surgery was required when he was first admitted September 26, but his family reports that he is doing well. It is expected that he will be released from the […]


Dustin Benson exits Special C

Dustin Benson, guitarist/vocalist with Special Consensus, has announced that he will be leaving the group after November 7. The Alabama native has spent the past four and a half years touring with Special C, during which time he visited Europe three times, and Australia once. Dustin’s been […]


Hasee Ciaccio departing Barefoot Movement

Hasee Ciaccio, bassist and vocalist with The Barefoot Movement, has announced that she and the band will be moving in different directions. She says that it’s a mutual decision, everyone’s still friends, and that she will continue with them for the next few months until […]


Irene Kelley to Mountain Fever

Mountain Fever Records has announced the signing of celebrated Nashville singer and songwriter Irene Kelley to the label. She will begin work this winter on a new album with Mark Fain producing. A Spring 2016 release is anticipated. The new project is expected to continue […]


New bus wrap for Gary Brewer

Gary Brewer & The Kentucky Ramblers are driving in high bluegrass style this month thanks to a new bus wrap from their long-time sponsor, Byerly Ford in Louisville. Byerly has been partnered with Gary and his band for more than 20 years, sponsoring and taking part […]

Bluegrass At Large


Nancy Cardwell joins the Girl Scouts

Nancy Cardwell Erdos, recently departed Executive Director of the International Bluegrass Music Association, has accepted a position with the Girl Scouts of Middle Tennessee. She will serve as Membership Specialist for the Hispanic Community, working to increase programming and resources for Spanish-speaking girls in 39 counties […]


Command performance for Lance LeRoy

Some of the top performers in bluegrass music got together this past weekend to offer a very special concert for Lance LeRoy. It was held at the home of his son, Lanny, in Mt. Juliet, TN where Lance and his wife, Myrtle, now live. Now […]


Matching funds available for Richard Cifersky

We received a note from Slovak banjo player Richard Cifersky, asking us to share a message about his indiegogo campaign to help him raise the funds necessary to obtain a VISA to live in the United States as a working musician. Filing and attorney fees […]


Bobby Starnes suffers a fall

Bobby Starnes, noted bluegrass songwriter, producer, publisher, and studio operator, experienced a serious fall at his home over the weekend, and is recovering now at Welmont Hospital in Kingsport, TN. He suffered a fractured skull, several broken ribs, and is experiencing some brain bleeding after falling […]


Billy Hurt’s fiddles headed home, or, A Boy And His Fiddle

This past Monday, we ran a story about a missing pair of fiddles belonging to Billy Hurt, who works with Karl Shiflett & the Big Country Show. It’s a story certain to strike fear in any touring musician, who quite often travel with valuable and […]

Bluegrass in the Media


Friday night photos from Wide Open Bluegrass

Todd Powers spent all of Friday evening schlepping his photo gear from one stage to another at the Raleigh Convention Center, and provided this great gallery of images.


Friday video at World of Bluegrass 2015

Here’s a group of videos captured at various venues here at Wide Open Bluegrass 2015 on Friday. Bud’s Collective in the Marriott Hotel   In Jayme Stone’s Lomax Project, he researched the tunes and songs from Alan Lomax’s catalogs and brought them back to life […]


New IBMA Board members

In addition to the two new Officers elected on Tuesday during the International Bluegrass Music Association’s fall Board meeting, five new Directors were welcomed onto the Board, as five others rotated off following their terms of service. Departing were Board members Jon Weisberger, Danny Clark, Junior Williams, […]


More Thursday/Friday photos from WOB ’15

Here’s some more of Todd Powers’ photos from the Award show and a first batch from Wide Open Bluegrass on Friday.


Thursday night at World of Bluegrass 2015

Todd Powers took this set of images on Thursday night, both at the awards show and later during the Bluegrass Ramble.

Latest Events News


Bill Keith Banjo Summit videos from Grey Fox

Video is now available from the all-star Bill Keith banjo style summit held at this year’s Grey Fox festival back in July. In light of Bill’s induction into the Bluegrass Hall of Fame last night, here are the two videos shot by Fred Robbins and […]


Bluegrass Hurricane on the Way to Raleigh

Take a mighty wind, lots of rain, dozens of bands and vendors and tens of thousands of music lovers in Raleigh for IBMA’s World of Bluegrass. What do you get? A really big bluegrass tent, a huge party and, perhaps, the largest indoor bluegrass event […]


Saturday at Nothin’ Fancy 2015

A rainy Saturday did not dampen the enthusiasm for the crowd at the 15th Nothin’ Fancy Festival. Local band, The Virginia Ramblers, opened the show with a mix of traditional and Gospel favorites. Junior Sisk and Ramblers Choice filled in for the Moron Brothers who […]


International Bluegrass at Tir Na Nog

Occasionally, International Bluegrass has been a touchy subject with complaints that organizations like the IBMA have not paid sufficient attention to the requirements of those outside the borders of the USA. But to me, the international bluegrass music community has, for the most part, seemed fully inclusive. […]


Friday at Nothin’ Fancy 2015

Friday at the Nothin’ Fancy Festival was ushered in with the traditional mountain music sounds of the Bluegrass Mountaineers from Akron, Ohio. Volume Five is rapidly becoming a favorite on the festival circuit. They provide an excellent combination of traditional bluegrass and classic country music. […]

Latest Reviews


Miles from the Hard Road – Allen Shadd

Folks in the bluegrass community proudly acknowledge that bluegrass is one of the few popular genres of music in which fans are just as likely to cheer a fine instrumental break as they are powerhouse lead vocals. Nonetheless, many excellent musicians still hover somewhat outside […]


IIIrd Tyme Out in Bristol

This review of IIIrd Tyme Out’s CD release concert is a contribution from Jessica Boggs. When Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out walked on to the stage in the Birthplace of Country Music Museum’s Performance Theater in Bristol, Virginia, last Friday night, the crowd was […]


Nothing But Sky – Delta Reign

When most folks think of the Gulf Coast region, bluegrass is not the first musical style that comes to mind. Maybe blues, maybe country, maybe even the easygoing stylings of Jimmy Buffett. For the folks in Mobile, Alabama-based Delta Reign, however, bluegrass comes first. They […]


It’s About Tyme – Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out

Is there such a thing as a perfect bluegrass album? I guess that all depends on where you stand on the eternal “what is bluegrass, anyway” debate, and which vocal or instrumental styles are appropriate, and all that nonsense. But I still hold that my own […]


Mac Wiseman – All My Memories Fit for Print

I just picked up this wonderful, DENSELY PACKED bio of Mac Wiseman, All My Memories Fit for Print, from County Sales. It’s just riveting if you’re into the history of bluegrass and country music, radio, recording, promoting, the music “biz,” and the sharp memories of Mac Wiseman’s […]

Recent Bluegrass Today News


Thursday at World of Bluegrass 2015

| October 2, 2015 | 0 Comments

I have found that while what happens on the stages and showcases is definitely an important part of IBMA, but I think many folks will tell you that a lot of the magic happens here in small rooms and with people meeting each other, or […]


2015 IBMA Award winners

| October 2, 2015 | 0 Comments

Last night at the Duke Energy Center in Raleigh, NC, the 2015 International Bluegrass Music Awards were distributed. It was the year of the Earls of Leicester, who took 6 of the 17 trophies, including the coveted Entertainer of the Year. They became so blasé […]


More 2015 World of Bluegrass photos

| October 1, 2015 | 0 Comments

Here’s our first gallery of Todd Powers’ photographs from Wednesday night and Thursday morning at World of Bluegrass 2015. Look for more over the next few days.


Sierra Hull sez… watch the Awards Show tonight online!

| October 1, 2015 | 0 Comments

Don’t forget, the International Bluegrass Music Awards will be broadcast live tonight online from You can see all your favorite bluegrass stars accepting their trophies from the Duke Energy Center in Raleigh, NC, along with live stage performance from Steep Canyon Rangers and Edie Brickell, Flatt Lonesome, […]


Wednesday at World of Bluegrass 2015

| October 1, 2015 | 0 Comments

Here’s a set of photos and a few videos from Wednesday at the 2015 World of Bluegrass from Tara Linhardt. Nessie Expedition on the Masters Stage… Lonesome River Band at the Momentum Awards… And The Church Sisters at the Momentum Awards.