• New single from Chris Jones live CD

    Chris Jones & the Night Drivers have released a first single from Live At The Old Feed Store, their self-produced concert CD recorded during the summer of 2013. Battle Of The Bands is a deadly serious song about a Civil War battle that took place over New […]

    New single from Chris Jones live CD
    | September 23, 2014 | 0 Comments
  • Last day at Bristol 2014

    The 2014 Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion wrapped up Sunday and the entertainment provided on the Country Music Mural Stage proved to be powerful. Sunday’s artists included Jeff Brown & Still Lonesome, Mandolin Orange, Marty Raybon & Full Circle, and The Krueger Brothers. As always, […]

    Last day at Bristol 2014
    | September 23, 2014 | 0 Comments
  • Tell us your favorite bluegrass story

    While we’re all at World of Bluegrass next week in Raleigh, Bluegrass Today is planning to shoot a batch of brief videos for what we hope can be a semi-regular feature. We don’t yet have a name picked out, but we know it’s something everyone […]

    Tell us your favorite bluegrass story
    | September 22, 2014 | 0 Comments
  • WAMU to simulcast live show during World of Bluegrass

    Breaking from recent tradition, WAMU’s Bluegrass Country will not be broadcasting live each day during the IBMA’s World of Bluegrass convention next week. Instead, they will be hosting a big bluegrass show on Wednesday, October 1 from 8:00-10:00 p.m. The show will be held at […]

    WAMU to simulcast live show during World of Bluegrass
    | September 22, 2014 | 0 Comments
  • The Song releases September 26

    The bluegrass world always gets a bit of a thrill anytime there’s talk of finding our music in a major motion picture. Those of us with long memories recall three separate occasions when a movie soundtrack led a massive surge of interest in bluegrass, and […]

    The Song releases September 26
    | September 22, 2014 | 0 Comments

Latest Bluegrass Music News

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New single from Chris Jones live CD

Chris Jones & the Night Drivers have released a first single from Live At The Old Feed Store, their self-produced concert CD recorded during the summer of 2013. Battle Of The Bands is a deadly serious song about a Civil War battle that took place over New […]

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The Song releases September 26

The bluegrass world always gets a bit of a thrill anytime there’s talk of finding our music in a major motion picture. Those of us with long memories recall three separate occasions when a movie soundtrack led a massive surge of interest in bluegrass, and […]

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Free Missy Werner track for download

We all have our ways of getting ready for the upcoming IBMA World of Bluegrass week that starts next week in Raleigh, NC. Some of us are doing laundry and choosing outfits, while others are practicing up a storm preparing to pick night and day. […]

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Larry McPeak passes

Larry McPeake, bass player and singer with The McPeak Brothers, died this morning in Bristol, VA. He had spent the past week hospitalized and his health had been rapidly declining. He was part of the historic trio with his brothers Dewey and Mike, hailing from […]

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Surrounded from Jimmy & Moondi

Rebel Records has released Surrounded, the first single from a new album by Jimmy Gaudreau & Moondi Klein. It’s a song from Jonathan Edwards, one he had included on his 2011 album, My Love Will Keep, which as you might guess, is a set of […]

Bluegrass At Large

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Tell us your favorite bluegrass story

While we’re all at World of Bluegrass next week in Raleigh, Bluegrass Today is planning to shoot a batch of brief videos for what we hope can be a semi-regular feature. We don’t yet have a name picked out, but we know it’s something everyone […]

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Calling all Banjo Babes

Are you a Banjo Babe? Would you like to be featured in the upcoming 2015 Banjo Babes Calendar? Erin Inglish is once again collaborating with other young banjo pickin’ girls to produce a promotional calendar and CD. The project is designed to bring attention to […]

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Jesse McReynolds resting at home

Bluegrass hero and mandolin monster, Jesse McReynolds is taking it easy at home after an out-patient procedure at St. Thomas Hospital in Nashville on Tuesday. This was his second electrophysiological study with ablation this year, where catheters are inserted into larger blood vessels and snaked through to the […]

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Welcome Grayson Leadbetter

Young Grayson Matthew Leadbetter, born September 8 at 9:03 p.m., comes into this world with quite a bluegrass pedigree. His parents are Matt Leadbetter, former reso-guitarist with Lonesome River Band, Marty Raybon, and Brand New Strings, and his wife Ashley. That also makes him the grandson […]

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Bluegrass Rural Roots mail art exhibit

Have you ever visited a mail art exhibit? Are you familiar with the form? Generically, mail art is anything that can be or is sent via the postal system to a specific destination. These days, it refers to “found art” sent in response to a general […]

Bluegrass in the Media

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WAMU to simulcast live show during World of Bluegrass

Breaking from recent tradition, WAMU’s Bluegrass Country will not be broadcasting live each day during the IBMA’s World of Bluegrass convention next week. Instead, they will be hosting a big bluegrass show on Wednesday, October 1 from 8:00-10:00 p.m. The show will be held at […]

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The Song releases September 26

The bluegrass world always gets a bit of a thrill anytime there’s talk of finding our music in a major motion picture. Those of us with long memories recall three separate occasions when a movie soundtrack led a massive surge of interest in bluegrass, and […]

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Nu-Blu track by track for All The Way

Rural Rhythm Records has released a detailed, track-by-track video for their new album with Nu-Blu, All The Way. Each of the four members appear on screen to share details about the songs included on the CD, along with audio from the tunes.   All The […]

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IIIrd Tyme Out on Best of Bluegrass

On August 30, 2014, Russell Moore and IIIrd Tyme Out stopped in Bob Mitchell’s studio. Russell and the band provided a dynamite 30 minute performance that you can hear on-line. Later in the day, they were the closing act for the Bourbon and Bluegrass festival […]

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Behind The Mic: Randy Tumlinson

Watching a Gaither Gospel Homecoming has likely been a defining experience in the lives of many fans of Southern Gospel music. Bill and Gloria Gaither are two of the most well-known figures in modern-day Gospel music, and their musical gatherings are frequently broadcast on television […]

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Last day at Bristol 2014

The 2014 Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion wrapped up Sunday and the entertainment provided on the Country Music Mural Stage proved to be powerful. Sunday’s artists included Jeff Brown & Still Lonesome, Mandolin Orange, Marty Raybon & Full Circle, and The Krueger Brothers. As always, […]

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More from Bristol RRR 2014

The 2014 Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion continued Saturday with another beautiful day. Last year’s Saturday schedule was marred by heavy rains early in the day, but this year brought 80 degree temps and nearly cloudless skies. Thanks to Alane Anno Photography, we are able […]

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Lots of music in Bristol this weekend

The opening night of the 2014 Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion in Bristol, TN/VA was a huge success. The weather, which is always a bit unpredictable this time of year, was the best I can remember, with temperatures in the mid-60’s and a nice breeze. […]

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Lockn’ Music Festival 2014

Last weekend I was absolutely overjoyed to participate in the four day experience that was Lockn’ Music Festival (year two) in Arrington, Virginia (between Charlottesville and Lynchburg). Everything at Lockn’ was titanic, from the “interlocking” main stage (which enabled seamless and immediate transitions from one […]

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Del does Berklee

The Berklee College of Music in Boston hosted Del McCoury on September 12, both for a special performance by the Del McCoury Band, and to present him with the first of the school’s American Roots Master Award. Berklee’s Matt Glaser, who directs their American Roots Music […]

Latest Reviews

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The Earls of Leicester, New Bluegrass Royalty

If you stumbled here through a Google search for information about British bluebloods, you landed in the wrong place. But if you’re looking for bluegrass royalty, here it is. Musically, the Earls of Leicester, some of the best pickers of this or any other generation, […]

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Three Bells – Auldridge, Douglas, Ickes

Three Bells is an absolute rarity in the world of recorded music. It’s quite seldom that a new project conveys so much joy, so much love among the musicians, and for the instrument they share in common. Conceived as a chance for dobro buddies Jerry Douglas and Rob […]

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Sake Of The Sound – Front Country

Do yourself a favor. No matter what you think of jam bands, Americana and other genres that reside at the edges of traditional bluegrass or beyond, swallow your preconceptions and listen to four songs from Sake of the Sound, the first full-length CD from Front […]

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Gary Reid is Carter Stanley

Gary Reid has long had a reputation as a serious student of The Stanley Brothers. Having written the liner notes for several CD editions of Stanley music, both Carter and Ralph’s and Ralph’s alone, his name is closely associated with theirs. He’s also written a book on their […]

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Brokeland Bullets – Heartbroke

This review marks the first installment from a new contributor, Stu Vincent. Stu will help us stay abreast of the European bluegrass scene, and we thank him for his efforts to do so. Let me start with a very simple statement – Scandinavian Bluegrass is HOT!! […]

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Adam McPeak to Kindred Records

| September 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

Kindred Records has announced the signing of Adam McPeak & Mountain Thunder to the label. The Virginia band is led by 17 year old mandolinist McPeak, the son of Mike McPeake of the legendary McPeak Brothers, who plays guitar and sings with Mountain Thunder. They have a […]

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Steve Gulley & New Pinnacle

| September 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

Steve Gulley has spent much of his life in bluegrass music, as did his father before him. Don Gulley was in on the founding of the Pinnacle Mountain Boys in the 1950s, a group he performed with into the ’70s. He was also a featured vocalist […]

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No answers here, or El Presidente’s brain

| September 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

The IBMA World of Bluegrass is fast approaching, and if you’re planning to attend, you probably still have plenty of questions you may be asking yourself. Let me just say up front that I have no informed answers to give, unless your question is “where […]

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IBMA announces Momentum Awards nominees

| September 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

The International Bluegrass Music Association has announced the nominees for their Momentum Awards, a special honor designed to recognize artists and bluegrass professionals during the early stages of their careers. From these lists of finalists, a committee of experts will select the winners, who will […]

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Bluegrass Weather Report – 9/16/14

| September 16, 2014 | 0 Comments

Here’s our Special Bluegrass Correspondent with this week’s Bluegrass Weather Report, taking a look at the Dumplin’ Valley Bluegrass Festival in Kodak, TN, along with the upcoming World of Bluegrass week in Raleigh, NC.  

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