• More from Gettysburg, August 2014

    Here’s a second batch of images from Frank Baker taken at last weekend’s Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival.

    More from Gettysburg, August 2014
    | August 22, 2014 | 0 Comments
  • Blue Is Falling video from Hot Rize

    Hot Rize has created a music video for the debut single from their upcoming album, When I’m Free, their first in 24 years. This video for Blue Is Falling was shot in Boulder, CO at a benefit concert for victims of the terrible flooding in Colorado last […]

    Blue Is Falling video from Hot Rize
    | August 22, 2014 | 0 Comments
  • Far Western to document Japanese bluegrass

    The passion that many Japanese people have for bluegrass and country music was a shocker for filmmaker James Payne when he first experienced it in 2007. He was traveling with US Americana act Horseshoe Road for a live concert video, and was amazed to see the locals come […]

    Far Western to document Japanese bluegrass
    | August 22, 2014 | 0 Comments
  • Behind The Mic with Rusty Cempre

    If you’re looking for DJ Rusty Cempre during the week, you’ll probably not find him on the air, or even in the studio. Most likely, he’ll be under the hood of a Hyundai at the dealership in Charlottesville, Virginia where he works. Like many bluegrass […]

    Behind The Mic with Rusty Cempre
    | August 21, 2014 | 0 Comments
  • Del McCoury to receive Berklee honor

    The Berklee College of Music is set to honor Del McCoury with an American Roots Master award when he performs with his band in Boston on September 12. Despite having been founded in 1945 for the study of jazz music, a new popular style at the […]

    Del McCoury to receive Berklee honor
    | August 21, 2014 | 0 Comments

Latest Bluegrass Music News

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Band Sessions – new workshop concept

If you play or study one or more of the common bluegrass instruments, chances are you’ve attended a workshop or music camp weekend. Some are based around a single instrument, while others offer instruction on several over the course of a few days. Typically the faculty is […]

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Blue Moon Rising reunion shows

Blue Moon Rising, who had earned the reputation of the best kept secret in bluegrass for many years, is planning a set of reunion shows with original members in the latter part of 2014. Headed now by guitarist Chris West, and touring with new members, Blue […]

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New look for Larry Stephenson Band

Larry Stephenson is gearing up for a busy September, closing out with a bang at the IBMA World of Bluegrass convention and Wide Open Bluegrass festival in Raleigh, NC. Serious Larry Stephenson Band fans will notice a new face in the lineup, and the return […]

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Jason Moore moves on

Jason Moore, long time bassist with Mountain Heart, has officially announced his departure from the group to focus his attention on other musical ventures. “Well, I just wanted to go on record to quiet any rumors and let everybody know my intentions. I have left […]

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Dick Freeland passes

Charles R. Freeland, known in the bluegrass world as Dick, passed away yesterday morning, August 14. Along with Bill Carroll and Sonny Compton, Dick founded Rebel Records in 1959. The label has become an institution in bluegrass music, though Bill’s involvement only lasted until 1979 […]

Bluegrass At Large

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Del McCoury to receive Berklee honor

The Berklee College of Music is set to honor Del McCoury with an American Roots Master award when he performs with his band in Boston on September 12. Despite having been founded in 1945 for the study of jazz music, a new popular style at the […]

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Congratulations Steven and Christi Dowdy

Earlier this month, Steven Dowdy, guitarist and vocalist with The Bluegrass Brothers, was married to Christi Bryant. He shared this brief description of their big day. “Christi and I joined hands in marriage on August 11. We had been childhood sweethearts, and have known each […]

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Take in Wide Open Bluegrass 2014 – free of charge!

If you missed the inaugural year for World of Bluegrass in Raleigh last year, you missed perhaps the best debut for a new host city of any recurring event I have been involved with. The city planners and tourism agencies in Raleigh went above and beyond, […]

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Anchors Aweigh for Danny Stewart

Danny Stewart has been around bluegrass all his life. His dad, also Danny Stewart, and his granddad are bluegrass pickers, and young Mr. Stewart studied the music in the Bluegrass, Old Time & Country Music program at East Tennessee State University. While also serving as bass […]

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Bluegrass murals popping up in Nashville

When you travel to Berry Hill in Tennessee, you may walk away unsure if you had visited a city or a neighborhood. In truth, it’s both, as Berry Hill is an independently-chartered city in Davidson County which is also part of Nashville’s consolidated metro government. They maintain […]

Bluegrass in the Media

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Blue Is Falling video from Hot Rize

Hot Rize has created a music video for the debut single from their upcoming album, When I’m Free, their first in 24 years. This video for Blue Is Falling was shot in Boulder, CO at a benefit concert for victims of the terrible flooding in Colorado last […]

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Far Western to document Japanese bluegrass

The passion that many Japanese people have for bluegrass and country music was a shocker for filmmaker James Payne when he first experienced it in 2007. He was traveling with US Americana act Horseshoe Road for a live concert video, and was amazed to see the locals come […]

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Behind The Mic with Rusty Cempre

If you’re looking for DJ Rusty Cempre during the week, you’ll probably not find him on the air, or even in the studio. Most likely, he’ll be under the hood of a Hyundai at the dealership in Charlottesville, Virginia where he works. Like many bluegrass […]

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Darin & Brooke – Get Up John

Darin & Brooke Aldridge have offered up a sneak peek from their next recording, a driving version of the old time favorite, Get Up John, with cross tuned mandolin from studio guest, Sam Bush, in the Monroe style.   Though no date has been given, […]

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New procedures for IBMA Gig Fair in 2014

We’ve written many times before about the multiple reasons someone might consider attending the IBMA World of Bluegrass convention – the expressly business portion held during the week, before the Awards Show and weekend festival. Radio hosts can obtain new recordings and capture interviews, manufacturers […]

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More from Gettysburg, August 2014

Here’s a second batch of images from Frank Baker taken at last weekend’s Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival.

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Gettysburg August 2014

Frank Baker was on hand once again for the Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival this past weekend. We’ll share his images over the next few days.

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Bluegrass Weather Report – 8/19/14

Here’s our Special Bluegrass Correspondent with this week’s Bluegrass Weather Report, looking in on the upcoming Pickin’ In The Pasture Festival in Lodi, New York.  

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Emerging Artist jam at Milan

What do you do if you notice that the Saturday roster at your festival features four out of the five recently announced nominees for the IBMA Emerging Artist award for 2014? Mark Gaynier at the Milan Bluegrass Festival did the sensible thing, and arranged for […]

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More from Big Hillbilly Bluegrass in Oman

Here’s another report from Bob Perilla, who is in Oman with the better part of his Big Hillbilly Bluegrass. They will be performing in the northeast African nation for two weeks for the US State Department, and sharing stories of their travels with us at Bluegrass Today. Big Hillbilly Bluegrass has […]

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Wanderlust – The Davidson Brothers

While they generate headlines in their native Australia, The Davidson Brothers aren’t nearly as well known in the US, something they hope to remedy with their showcase appearances at the 2014 World of Bluegrass convention coming up next month. And with their latest album, Wanderlust, […]

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Album of the Week #37: The Boys From Indiana’s Atlanta Is Burning

Few bluegrass acts have dominated the Midwest, primarily the OKI (Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana) region, as The Boys From Indiana did in the late seventies. Known for their lively stage shows and strong original songs, The Boys From Indiana were one of the top festival acts […]

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5 String Flamethrower – Rob McCoury

What a golden age we’re in for banjo recordings! After years of anticipation, it’s Rob McCoury of the Del McCoury Band, joining recent wonderful banjo recordings by the Foggy Mountain Special Earl Scruggs Tribute team, Charlie Cushman, Noam Pikelny and others. I’ve known Rob since […]

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Carolina Memories – Gentlemen of Bluegrass

In bluegrass music, we have a King and a Queen, a Father and Daughters. What’s next? Gentlemen, perhaps. Recently making their debut on Pinecastle Records are the Gentlemen of Bluegrass, a North Carolina-based group with a strong, smooth traditional sound. Their new album, Carolina Memories, […]

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Nighthawk – Danny Roberts

If you’re expecting to hear a carbon copy of a Grascals record when you listen to the latest solo effort from the group’s mandolin man, Danny Roberts, you may be disappointed. However, if impressive instrumentation, a great variety of sounds, and clear, solid mandolin playing […]

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Free bluegrass personality test

| August 20, 2014 | 0 Comments

Some people have difficulty in the music field because they discover too late that they’re in the wrong side of the business for their personality. A person who is a wonderful sideman or woman may be a disaster as a band leader. The same leadership […]

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On This Day #34 – Bass Mountain Boys

| August 18, 2014 | 0 Comments

On this day …… On August 18, 1992, the Bass Mountain Boys released their first Pinecastle CD, Carolina Calling Me (PRC 1011). The 14 tracks were recorded at the Doobie Shea Studios, Ferrum, Virginia, by Steve Dilling [vocals/guitar /banjo], Johnny Ridge [vocals/guitar/fiddle], Mike “Hitman” Wilson […]

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Cold Spell promotional video

| August 18, 2014 | 0 Comments

Compass Records has produced a promotional video for Cold Spell, the newly-released project from Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen. It includes snippets from several of the songs, and brief interviews with each of the band members: Frank Solivan on mandolin, Mike Munford on banjo, Chris Luquette […]

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Window View from Nick DiSebastian

| August 18, 2014 | 0 Comments

Nick DiSebastian, bassist with Town Mountain, has released a solo record that features his guitar playing and original compositions. The album is called Window View, and is available now from FGM Records. In this promotional video, Nick describes the music and the players, and includes […]

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Norman Adams recognized for 40 years

| August 18, 2014 | 0 Comments

This past weekend, bluegrass promoter Norman Adams was presented with a special certificate of recognition from the International Bluegrass Music Association for his 40 years of presenting bluegrass music festivals. It was in August of 1974 that Adams hosted his first festival in Dahlonega, GA. He says […]

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