• Having a coffee with…… Gena Britt

    The pioneering banjo player from North Carolina Gena Britt is my companion in our local coffee shop today.  Britt fell in love with the sounds of bluegrass music at a very early age and began her career as an award-winning clogger. At the age of […]

    Having a coffee with…… Gena Britt
    | October 23, 2014 | 0 Comments
  • Behind The Mic with Mike Theobald

    Hundreds of thousands of people, if not more, around the planet are fans of bluegrass music. However, few can say that they helped introduce it to a particular part of world. In the early years of bluegrass music, it was often only available to audiences […]

    Behind The Mic with Mike Theobald
    | October 23, 2014 | 0 Comments
  • Rod Smith to Kevin Prater Band

    The Kevin Prater Band has announced Rod Smith as the newest member of the group. He will play both banjo and reso-guitar with the traditional bluegrass outfit based in Kentucky. Rod had previously been a member of Cumberland Gap Connection and Ernie Thacker & Route 23. […]

    Rod Smith to Kevin Prater Band
    | October 23, 2014 | 0 Comments
  • High Country coming from Leftover Salmon

    Jam band heroes Leftover Salmon have a new album ready for release, and set to drop November 28. It’s called High Country, a double entendre that fans of the Salmon will readily understand. The group is led by founding members Drew Emmitt on mandolin and […]

    High Country coming from Leftover Salmon
    | October 23, 2014 | 0 Comments
  • Roni Stoneman wins ROPE Award

    Stoneman has been a magic name in country, old time, and bluegrass music since 1927. That’s when Ernest “Pop” Stoneman first recorded for Victor in Bristol, Tennessee with several members of his family in what came to be known as The Bristol Sessions. He went […]

    Roni Stoneman wins ROPE Award
    | October 23, 2014 | 0 Comments

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Rod Smith to Kevin Prater Band

The Kevin Prater Band has announced Rod Smith as the newest member of the group. He will play both banjo and reso-guitar with the traditional bluegrass outfit based in Kentucky. Rod had previously been a member of Cumberland Gap Connection and Ernie Thacker & Route 23. […]

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High Country coming from Leftover Salmon

Jam band heroes Leftover Salmon have a new album ready for release, and set to drop November 28. It’s called High Country, a double entendre that fans of the Salmon will readily understand. The group is led by founding members Drew Emmitt on mandolin and […]

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Stan Jay passes

Stan Jay, who had managed Mandolin Brothers music store in Staten Island, NY since 1971, has died. He was 71 years old. Mandolin Brothers became known as one the nation’s top brokers of vintage fretted instruments, mandolins in particular. Stan started the business with a […]

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Brandon Bowles passes

Brandon “BB” Bowles, a well-known face in the North Carolina/Virginia bluegrass scene, died Sunday, October 19, in a car accident in Davie County, North Carolina. Bowles, 32, of Rural Hall, NC, was returning home from a friend’s house about 1:00 a.m. when he was struck by another […]

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Peghead Nation hits its stride

Online learning has become the most recent revolution in the education world. Over the past few years it is possible to obtain a college degree studying on your computer, and home school families have embraced cyber classrooms to bring expertise in more advanced subject matter to […]

Bluegrass At Large

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Roni Stoneman wins ROPE Award

Stoneman has been a magic name in country, old time, and bluegrass music since 1927. That’s when Ernest “Pop” Stoneman first recorded for Victor in Bristol, Tennessee with several members of his family in what came to be known as The Bristol Sessions. He went […]

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Welcome Samuel McKendree

Jason McKendree, the talented banjo player who worked several years with Josh Williams before Josh returned to Rhonda Vincent, and his equally talented wife, Carolyn, are today celebrating the birth of their second child, Samuel Ryan Jude McKendree. He arrived at 2:58 a.m. at 6 lbs 5.9 […]

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Mando record to be recaptured at Galax ’15?

It’s official. A second attempt will be made in August 2015 to return the Guinness World Record for Largest Mandolin Ensemble to the United States during the Galax Old Fiddlers Convention. A group under the direction of Tara Linhardt set a new record at Galax […]

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Ken Scoggins suffers heart attack

Ken Scoggins, bluegrass singer, songwriter, bandleader and Old Homestead recording artist, suffered a heart attack on Sunday (10/19) after having run a half marathon earlier in the day. He was admitted to the ICU at the Grand Strand Medical center in Myrtle Beach, though it is […]

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Tony Rice model from Elliott Capos

A new limited-edition, hand-crafted Tony Rice signature guitar capo from Elliott Capos is now available. Made from hand polished stainless steel, they are offered in four widths, and each has Tony’s signature engraved along one of the arms. Only 1951 will be created, a tribute to […]

Bluegrass in the Media

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Behind The Mic with Mike Theobald

Hundreds of thousands of people, if not more, around the planet are fans of bluegrass music. However, few can say that they helped introduce it to a particular part of world. In the early years of bluegrass music, it was often only available to audiences […]

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High Country coming from Leftover Salmon

Jam band heroes Leftover Salmon have a new album ready for release, and set to drop November 28. It’s called High Country, a double entendre that fans of the Salmon will readily understand. The group is led by founding members Drew Emmitt on mandolin and […]

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Rob Ickes and Trey Hensley

Rob Ickes and Trey Hensley joined us during the World of Bluegrass convention to talk about their upcoming album together, Before The Sun Goes Down, which offers a mix of traditional bluegrass and country music. The pair have a show tomorrow (10/23) at Nashville’s Station Inn, […]

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Hey Frank Solivan: What’s in your case?

Lisa Jacobi caught up from Frank Solivan backstage at the Station Inn not long ago to ask the famous bluegrass question.  

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Mark Simos talks songwriting

During the IBMA’s World of Bluegrass convention in late September, David Morris sat down with Berklee College of Music professor of songwriting, Mark Simos to discuss his new book, Songwriting Strategies: A 360 Degree Approach.   We’ll have a complete review of Mark’s book in […]

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Rob Ickes and Trey Hensley

Rob Ickes and Trey Hensley joined us during the World of Bluegrass convention to talk about their upcoming album together, Before The Sun Goes Down, which offers a mix of traditional bluegrass and country music. The pair have a show tomorrow (10/23) at Nashville’s Station Inn, […]

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Bluegrass Weather Report – 10/21/14

Here’s our Special Bluegrass Correspondent with this week’s Bluegrass Weather Report, looking at South Carolina’s Mostly Bluegrass Festival in Edisto Island.  

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Mark Simos talks songwriting

During the IBMA’s World of Bluegrass convention in late September, David Morris sat down with Berklee College of Music professor of songwriting, Mark Simos to discuss his new book, Songwriting Strategies: A 360 Degree Approach.   We’ll have a complete review of Mark’s book in […]

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Sarah Harris talks Trinity River Band

During IBMA week, Daniels Mullins had a nice chat with Sarah Harris about her family group, Trinity River Band, and their new Christmas album, On A Morning Like This.  

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Mustered Courage at WOB

During World of Bluegrass at the start of October, we had a nice chat with two of the members of Mustered Courage, who were at the tail end of a lengthy US tour from their native Australia. These guys have an interesting approach, blending acoustic […]

Latest Reviews

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Avenue of the Giants – Russ Carson

Kentucky Thunder banjo player Russ Carson might not yet be recognized among the giants of the five string community, but it seems likely from his latest Patuxent CD, Avenue of the Giants, that he’ll soon be counted in their number. This talented young picker excels at both 3-finger […]

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‘Tween Earth and Sky – Becky Buller

In baseball, a five-tool player comes along once every decade or two. Anyone who hits for average and power, has speed, is terrific defensively and has a rifle arm is revered. In bluegrass, the best of the best are three-tool players. They play at a […]

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We’re Gonna Rise – Crosspoint

There’s been an awful lot of good music coming from the hills of east Tennessee lately, particularly in the area around the small town of Cumberland Gap. That’s in large part thanks to Steve Gulley, whose Curve Studio is located there. One of the latest […]

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Spinney Brothers – Tried & True

It’s a safe bet that no one will ever accuse the Spinney Brothers of straying from traditional bluegrass, as shaped by Bill Monroe, Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs. Album after album, show after show, the Canadian band stays faithful to the roots of bluegrass, not […]

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Turn On A Dime – Lonesome River Band

After several years spent reworking the group’s past hits in the form of the acclaimed Chronology trilogy, the Lonesome River Band is back again with an all-new thirteen-track collection, showcasing the fantastic modern traditional bluegrass that has become their hallmark over the past three decades. […]

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6 weeks in Myanmar, and other folk tales

| October 22, 2014 | 0 Comments

I’m in Scotland at the moment, and I’m taking a couple of Wednesdays off to clear my head and think of new jokes involving banjos, haggis, and curling. Meanwhile, though, during a recent seminar at the IBMA World of Bluegrass on the subject of “gigging […]

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Shelby Means departs Della Mae

| October 19, 2014 | 0 Comments

Shelby Means, who has been playing bass with Della Mae this past two and a half years, has announced this weekend that she will be leaving the group. She will accompany the Dellas on their upcoming State Department tour as her final hurrah. Her absence […]

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Paul Craft passes

| October 18, 2014 | 0 Comments

Nashville songwriter Paul Craft, who had a brief career in bluegrass, died this morning after being ill the past few weeks. Craft had been hospitalized just hours after being inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame on October 5. He was 76 years old. As […]

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Larry Cordle talks All Star Duets

| October 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

MightyCord Records has released a trio of videos from Larry Cordle where he discusses the first few tracks from his upcoming All Star Duets CD. In each, Larry talks about the genesis of the song, all ones he has written, and how he got it into the hands of the country […]

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Behind The Mic with Orin Friesen

| October 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

For some DJs, radio is a casual weekend hobby. For others, it’s a career. For Midwest native Orin Friesen, who celebrates his fiftieth year in radio this month, it’s been a lifelong passion. “I can’t remember when I wasn’t interested in radio,” he says. It […]

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