• J.D. Crowe Tribute Band in KY

    Although I was able to see most of the 1990s and 2000s versions of J.D. Crowe & the New South, I never got the chance to attend a performance by what many people consider the classic lineups of the New South – the 1970s groups […]

    J.D. Crowe Tribute Band in KY
    | December 22, 2014 | 0 Comments
  • Merry Christmas from Sierra and Jesse

    Sierra Hull and Jesse Gregory, two of the finest singers in Nashville, have put together this home video version of Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas, one of the most beloved 20th Century holiday songs. It was introduced in 1944 by Judy Garland in the film, […]

    Merry Christmas from Sierra and Jesse
    | December 22, 2014 | 0 Comments
  • Earls of Leicester in Nashville

    When the Earls of Leicester stopped for a show at The Station Inn in Nashville, Shelly Swanger was there to capture the moment. The band is a special project group that Jerry Douglas put together as a tribute to the music of Lester Flatt, Earl Scruggs […]

    Earls of Leicester in Nashville
    | December 22, 2014 | 0 Comments
  • Bluegrassers Need A Helping Hand

    If you’re blessed to have a little extra this holiday season, two hardworking and talented bluegrass musicians can use your help. Songwriter-bass player Angie Hawkins and guitarist Larry Dwight Benefield lost their Lafayette, AL, home and nearly all of their possessions in a fire on […]

    Bluegrassers Need A Helping Hand
    | December 22, 2014 | 0 Comments
  • Having A Coffee with……. Russell Moore

    Having A Coffee With… is a fun series in which we ask bluegrass music personalities, some famous, some not so well known, about some of their interests, as well as about the music that they love.  Born on December 21, 1963, Russell Moore began playing music […]

    Having A Coffee with……. Russell Moore
    | December 21, 2014 | 0 Comments

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Snapshots from Darin & Brooke in February

Mountain Home Music has announced a February release for the next album from Darin & Brooke Aldridge. It will be called Snapshots, and is intended to present a group of songs that have meaning to the couple, just like the stack of photos they might […]

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Karin Wright – You Got The Silver

We hear a good bit about bluegrass music in Sweden these days, but less so in neighboring Norway. It’s there, however, and we get a taste with the release of You Got The Silver from Norwegian artist Karin Wright. She’s the latest singer from outside […]

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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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Bluegrassers Need A Helping Hand

If you’re blessed to have a little extra this holiday season, two hardworking and talented bluegrass musicians can use your help. Songwriter-bass player Angie Hawkins and guitarist Larry Dwight Benefield lost their Lafayette, AL, home and nearly all of their possessions in a fire on […]

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Dollywood auditions set for 2015 season

The success of the Dollywood theme park in Pigeon Forge, TN has spurred the tourist and entertainment industry industry in East Tennessee. Millions of visitors have toured the park in recent years, and the newer adjacent Dolly-themed water park, leading to growth in the hotel […]

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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 […]

Bluegrass in the Media

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Merry Christmas from Sierra and Jesse

Sierra Hull and Jesse Gregory, two of the finest singers in Nashville, have put together this home video version of Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas, one of the most beloved 20th Century holiday songs. It was introduced in 1944 by Judy Garland in the film, […]

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My Weary Heart video from G2

It looks we’re in a Scandinavian mood this morning… G2 has released a second video from their latest album, Mind Over Matter. It’s not really a bluegrass track, more of an acoustic ballad, featuring guitarist and lead vocalist Christoffer Olsson. The other band members show up […]

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Behind The Mic with Dennis Jones

Although we certainly have stars in bluegrass music, there’s really more of a feeling of community – shared between fans, musicians (professional and amateur alike), and other folks within the industry – that many other musical genres do not enjoy. It’s not every day that […]

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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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Earls of Leicester in Nashville

When the Earls of Leicester stopped for a show at The Station Inn in Nashville, Shelly Swanger was there to capture the moment. The band is a special project group that Jerry Douglas put together as a tribute to the music of Lester Flatt, Earl Scruggs […]

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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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J.D. Crowe Tribute Band in KY

Although I was able to see most of the 1990s and 2000s versions of J.D. Crowe & the New South, I never got the chance to attend a performance by what many people consider the classic lineups of the New South – the 1970s groups […]

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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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On This Day #36 – Don Law

| December 20, 2014 | 0 Comments

On This Day …… On December 20, 1982, Don Law, producer, died in La Marque, Galvaston, Texas. Don Law was the producer of some exceptional recordings by stellar bluegrass acts Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs and the Foggy Mountain Boys and Jim & Jesse and […]

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Don’t do it twice – it’s not that nice

| December 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

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 […]

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Gabrielle Gray departs as IBMM Director

| December 16, 2014 | 0 Comments

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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Joe Carr passes

| December 15, 2014 | 0 Comments

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

| December 15, 2014 | 0 Comments

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 […]

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