• Christmas single from Stacy Grubb and Clay Hess

    Stacy Grubb is set to release a new album later this month, produced by Clay Hess, and has dropped a new single this week. But it’s not a track from the new record, but a special Christmas song she wrote and recorded with Hess. Is […]

    Christmas single from Stacy Grubb and Clay Hess
    | December 18, 2014 | 0 Comments
  • J.D. Crowe Tribute Band playing this weekend

    Keith Whitley fans in Nashville and northeastern Kentucky are in for a special treat when Don Rigsby and Josh Williams take their J.D. Crowe Tribute Band out for a spin this weekend. The band was assembled for a performance at the Musicians Against Childhood Cancer […]

    J.D. Crowe Tribute Band playing this weekend
    | December 18, 2014 | 0 Comments
  • Merry Christmas from Detour

    Jeff Rose and Missy Armstrong from Detour recorded this video as a Merry Christmas wish for all their fans and friends. It’s their unadorned arrangement of Go Tell It On The Mountain.   Any time is a good time to hear Missy sing, and that […]

    Merry Christmas from Detour
    | December 18, 2014 | 0 Comments
  • Bourgeois auction raises $10K for Tony Rice

    Bourgeois has announced the successful completion of their Tony Rice tribute guitar auction, where $10,000 was raised to benefit Tony. They had built a custom instrument as an homage to Tony’s classic D-28, the Clarence White guitar, and offered it for sale at auction earlier […]

    Bourgeois auction raises $10K for Tony Rice
    | December 18, 2014 | 0 Comments
  • Don’t do it twice – it’s not that nice

    There are lots of things we need to be careful of in the holiday season, like making sure we remember where we parked in a crowded shopping mall lot, or making sure not to leave gluten-free cookies out for Santa Claus (St. Nick is on […]

    Don’t do it twice – it’s not that nice
    | December 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

Latest Bluegrass Music News

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Christmas single from Stacy Grubb and Clay Hess

Stacy Grubb is set to release a new album later this month, produced by Clay Hess, and has dropped a new single this week. But it’s not a track from the new record, but a special Christmas song she wrote and recorded with Hess. Is […]

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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 […]

Bluegrass At Large

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Bourgeois auction raises $10K for Tony Rice

Bourgeois has announced the successful completion of their Tony Rice tribute guitar auction, where $10,000 was raised to benefit Tony. They had built a custom instrument as an homage to Tony’s classic D-28, the Clarence White guitar, and offered it for sale at auction earlier […]

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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 […]

Bluegrass in the Media

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Merry Christmas from Detour

Jeff Rose and Missy Armstrong from Detour recorded this video as a Merry Christmas wish for all their fans and friends. It’s their unadorned arrangement of Go Tell It On The Mountain.   Any time is a good time to hear Missy sing, and that […]

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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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J.D. Crowe Tribute Band playing this weekend

Keith Whitley fans in Nashville and northeastern Kentucky are in for a special treat when Don Rigsby and Josh Williams take their J.D. Crowe Tribute Band out for a spin this weekend. The band was assembled for a performance at the Musicians Against Childhood Cancer […]

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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 […]

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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Debut album coming from Lonely Heartstring Band

| December 15, 2014 | 0 Comments

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 […]

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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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In case you missed it…

| December 12, 2014 | 0 Comments

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  

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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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