• Unbound – Kenny & Amanda Smith

    In the late 1940s through the ’50s, a style of American jazz music emerged that came to be know as cool jazz, characterized by more restrained and subtle soloing, and less hectic arrangements than the be-bop era that had preceded it. All the elements of […]

    Unbound – Kenny & Amanda Smith
    | September 23, 2016 | 0 Comments
  • Bluegrass Today at World of Bluegrass 2016

    It seems most everyone in the bluegrass world is getting keyed up for the 2016 World of Bluegrass convention next week. There’s lots of packing going on this weekend, and a lot of travel plans being checked for bluegrass music’s old home week in Raleigh, […]

    Bluegrass Today at World of Bluegrass 2016
    | September 23, 2016 | 0 Comments
  • Johnny Walker video from Carolina Blue

    Carolina Blue has released a music video for Johnny Walker, one of the tracks from their current album, Goin’ Home Today. It was written by mandolinist Tim Jones, a founding member of the group. The video was shot and edited by Corey Johnson with M-Pact Studios, […]

    Johnny Walker video from Carolina Blue
    | September 23, 2016 | 0 Comments
  • Thursday at Nothin’ Fancy ’16

    Nothin’ Fancy has what can only be described as “hardcore” fans, as evidenced by a fan’s fingernails we saw yesterday at the Nothin’ Fancy Festival in Buena Vista, VA. Mike Andes posed with the band’s new CD. He said something about “shameless self-promotion.” Jeff Scroggins […]

    Thursday at Nothin’ Fancy ’16
    | September 23, 2016 | 0 Comments
  • Vic Jordan remembered 

    Victor Howard Jordan passed away on August 26, 2016, in Nashville. He had been seriously ill for some time. Jordan was born October 19, 1938, a native of Washington D.C.. He did his military service in the United States Air Force. Jordan moved to Nashville […]

    Vic Jordan remembered 
    | September 23, 2016 | 0 Comments

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Join The Jam! from Annie Savage

Colorado fiddler and string educator Annie Savage has a new book, Join The Jam, designed to help string musicians become more comfortable in the somewhat daunting jam session environment. It is meant both for the string student and their teachers. In the book, Savage seeks […]

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Auditions for Elmer’s General Store

We’ve followed the launch of The Banjo Cellar and Elmer’s General Store in Williamstown, KY over the past year, both businesses with a bluegrass theme. They were established by Elmer Burchett and Megan McKamey, a pair of banjo pickers who saw an opportunity in Williamstown with […]

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Nightbird video from The Bankesters

Compass Records has released a first single to radio from Nightbird, their upcoming November release from The Bankesters. It’s the title track, written by Rick Lang, and sung by eldest Bankester daughter, Melissa Triplett. As ever, she is joined by husband, Kyle Triplett, on banjo, with […]

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James McDowell to Carolina Blue

A few weeks ago, we posted that Carolina Blue, a traditional bluegrass band in western, NC, was in need of a banjo player. They have now announced that they found him, living right amongst them in Etowah. The band has welcomed James McDowell into the fold, a young […]

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Mickey Galyean to Deep River Management

Deep River Management in North Carolina has announced the signing of Mickey Galyean and Cullen’s Bridge to an exclusive representation and management agreement. The band is led by Galyean on guitar and lead vocals, continuing the tradition of his father, Cullen Galyean, whose many old school, […]

Bluegrass At Large

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ETSU hosting Alumni & Friends reception at WOB

The Bluegrass, Old Time, and Country Music Studies program at East Tennessee State University is hosting a reception next Wednesday afternoon during the World of Bluegrass convention for Alumni and friends. It will be held from 5:00-6:30 p.m. in Room 306A at the Raleigh Convention Center. […]

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Navy Band still hunting a banjo picker

We heard again this week from our friends with US Navy Band Country Current, saying that they are still on the hunt for a banjo player to join their group. The position also requires that the successful applicant double on rhythm guitar and harmony vocals, […]

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Honorary Doctorate for Steve Gulley

Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, TN has announced that they will be awarding an Honorary Doctorate of Music to Steve Gulley at their Fall 2016 Commencement on December 10. This is the same institution that awarded Ralph Stanley his first honorary doctorate in 1976, and […]

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Davis Banjo introduces Don Reno model

Davis Banjo in Harrisburg NC has introduced a new signature banjo for Don Wayne Reno, based on his father Don’s iconic prewar RB-75, affectionately known as Nellie. Called their Don Reno model, this new banjo is designed as an exact replica of Nellie, which has quite […]

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Congratulations Matt and Lauren

Matt Wright, bass player with The Larry Stephenson Band, was married this past Saturday to Lauren Pilat in a lovely outdoor ceremony in Maggie Valley, NC. The service included a song written by Kevin Richardson, Matt’s close friend and fellow Stephenson bandmate, which was composed especially for the […]

Bluegrass in the Media

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Bluegrass Today at World of Bluegrass 2016

It seems most everyone in the bluegrass world is getting keyed up for the 2016 World of Bluegrass convention next week. There’s lots of packing going on this weekend, and a lot of travel plans being checked for bluegrass music’s old home week in Raleigh, […]

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Johnny Walker video from Carolina Blue

Carolina Blue has released a music video for Johnny Walker, one of the tracks from their current album, Goin’ Home Today. It was written by mandolinist Tim Jones, a founding member of the group. The video was shot and edited by Corey Johnson with M-Pact Studios, […]

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When She Was Mine video from Fireball Mail

Fireball Mail, winners of the Band Contest at the 2016 Telluride Bluegrass Festival, have released a music video for one of the tracks on their debut album, Bending The Rails. Based in Nashville, this bunch has come a great distance since forming only two years […]

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Join The Jam! from Annie Savage

Colorado fiddler and string educator Annie Savage has a new book, Join The Jam, designed to help string musicians become more comfortable in the somewhat daunting jam session environment. It is meant both for the string student and their teachers. In the book, Savage seeks […]

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40 Blues video from Rebecca Frazier

Rebecca Frazier has never been one to do as she’s told, starting with “girls don’t play Tony Rice-style lead guitar.” This small but power-packed young woman has shown herself a force to be recognized in the flatpicking world, and her most recent album, When We […]

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Thursday at Nothin’ Fancy ’16

Nothin’ Fancy has what can only be described as “hardcore” fans, as evidenced by a fan’s fingernails we saw yesterday at the Nothin’ Fancy Festival in Buena Vista, VA. Mike Andes posed with the band’s new CD. He said something about “shameless self-promotion.” Jeff Scroggins […]

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Photos from Miami Valley Brewfest

Thanks to Stacey Wright, who captured these images at last weekend’s Miami Valley Brewfest in Miamisburg, OH. This was their second year for the festival, organized by Max Nunery with The Repeating Arms. Stacey says it has rained both years at the Brewfest, but that enthusiastic crowds have […]

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Glenville State College Bluegrass Concert October 8

The Glenville State College Bluegrass Band will be performing in the school’s annual bluegrass concert on October 8, held on the second Saturday of October each year in the GSC Fine Arts Auditorium in Glenville, WV. This event serves as a fundraiser for the program, […]

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Opening ceremonies at Nothin’ Fancy Festival

The Nothin’ Fancy Festival in Buena Vista, Virginia always kicks off with a Wednesday night potluck. This photographer can tell you that bluegrassers know how to cook – and how to eat!! Wednesday night is also the opening ceremonies. Nothin’ Fancy kicked off with an […]

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The Virginia Squires get together once more

Fans of the Virginia Squires will be pleased to know that Rickie and Ronnie Simpkins, Sammy Shelor and Mark Newton will share a stage once more. The bluegrass bad boys from the ’90s are set to ride again – for one show at least. Eagle-eyed observers who […]

Latest Reviews

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Unbound – Kenny & Amanda Smith

In the late 1940s through the ’50s, a style of American jazz music emerged that came to be know as cool jazz, characterized by more restrained and subtle soloing, and less hectic arrangements than the be-bop era that had preceded it. All the elements of […]

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Welcome Home – Gospel Plowboys

Mountain Fever Records has a good thing going over in the hills of southern Virginia. With a roster that includes enduring favorites like Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice and Grasstowne along with a host of rising stars such as Mountain Faith, Volume Five, and Dave […]

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Kristin Scott Benson’s Stringworks Sings

Don’t get me wrong, I love the Grascals. And while I love a lot of things about Kristin Scott Benson’s new solo project, Stringworks, one of the things I love best about it that it doesn’t sound like the band that she’s such an integral […]

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‘Neath a Midnight Sky – Eastman String Band

Eastman Strings has been a friend to bluegrass for some time now, and one of its reps, Tim Finch, is a regular presence at World of Bluegrass, MerleFest, the Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival and elsewhere. But Tim doesn’t just sell Eastman mandolins, guitars and other stringed […]

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Original Traditional – Blue Highway

When a band has been around for over twenty years (with a membership that has rarely changed), fans come to expect certain things. In the case of Blue Highway, which releases its eleventh studio album, Original Traditional, today, we expect to hear strong lead vocals, […]

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Bob French remembered

| September 21, 2016 | 0 Comments

Robert ‘Bob’ George French Sr., bluegrass banjo player and country music entertainer, passed away peacefully on Saturday morning, August 20, 2016, after a long illness. He was 86 years old. French was born on April 23, 1930, in West Acton, Massachusetts, where he is well-known […]

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Pre-event conditioning for World of Bluegrass

| September 21, 2016 | 0 Comments

The very first column I wrote for Bluegrass Today was about maintaining your health during the stressful IBMA World of Bluegrass week. Most of the advice I gave was either discredited or just laughed at, and not for the right reasons. I wasn’t surprised: health […]

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2016 winners at Walnut Valley Festival

| September 19, 2016 | 0 Comments

Winners were chosen over this past weekend at the 45th Annual Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield, KS. Over the years, their National Flat Pick Guitar Championship and their National Bluegrass Banjo Championship have come to be recognized as among the most prestigious competitions of their kind […]

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Friday night with The Kentuckians of Michigan

| September 19, 2016 | 0 Comments

The Kentuckians of Michigan, located in Romulus, Michigan, opened their bluegrass season on Friday night with the debut of the Huron River Band. The band formed from six seasoned musicians having fun jamming together. The band consists of Burl Stevens on dobro, Ralph and Steve […]

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Pickin’ By The Lake 2016

| September 16, 2016 | 0 Comments

Thanks to Laura Tate Photography for these great shots from the 2016 Pickin’ By The Lake Festival, held September 10 at Mayo Lake Park in Foxboro, NC.

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