• Urban Monroes drop William’s Still Alive

    Not every bluegrass song has a deep meaning, nor a longstanding historical reference. But with William’s Still Alive, the new single from Portland’s Urban Monroes, we get both. Written by the Monroes’ Fran Kent, the song describes her discovery of a document from 1865 that marks her great-great-great-grandfather’s […]

    Urban Monroes drop William’s Still Alive
    | August 31, 2015 | 0 Comments
  • Announcing the Scott Street Banjo Finals

    Young banjo players in Virginia are invited to submit entries for the inaugural edition of The Scott Street Five String Finals, a competition created in honor of the late Scott Street, a distinguished Virginia attorney and banjo loyalist who died from a rare cancer in […]

    Announcing the Scott Street Banjo Finals
    | August 31, 2015 | 0 Comments
  • Mac Wiseman – All My Memories Fit for Print

    I just picked up this wonderful, DENSELY PACKED bio of Mac Wiseman, All My Memories Fit for Print, from County Sales. It’s just riveting if you’re into the history of bluegrass and country music, radio, recording, promoting, the music “biz,” and the sharp memories of Mac Wiseman’s […]

    Mac Wiseman – All My Memories Fit for Print
    | August 31, 2015 | 0 Comments
  • Jeremy Darrow to Front Country

    Front Country has recently brought Jeremy Darrow on board as the band’s new bassist. He takes the spot vacated by Zach Sharpe who left as the band transitioned to a full-time touring group. Darrow received his musical training at the College of the Arts in Philadelphia. […]

    Jeremy Darrow to Front Country
    | August 31, 2015 | 0 Comments
  • Po’ Ramblin’ Boys in Germany

    The Po’ Ramblin’ Boys are bringing their hard driving brand of old school bluegrass to western Europe, and have promised to send us updates along the way. Here’s their first installment, from mandolinist C.J. Lewandowski, covering their departure on August 26 and their first day on the […]

    Po’ Ramblin’ Boys in Germany
    | August 30, 2015 | 0 Comments

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Urban Monroes drop William’s Still Alive

Not every bluegrass song has a deep meaning, nor a longstanding historical reference. But with William’s Still Alive, the new single from Portland’s Urban Monroes, we get both. Written by the Monroes’ Fran Kent, the song describes her discovery of a document from 1865 that marks her great-great-great-grandfather’s […]

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Jeremy Darrow to Front Country

Front Country has recently brought Jeremy Darrow on board as the band’s new bassist. He takes the spot vacated by Zach Sharpe who left as the band transitioned to a full-time touring group. Darrow received his musical training at the College of the Arts in Philadelphia. […]

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Ryan Cavanaugh to Jeff Austin Band

The Jeff Austin Band has announced that Ryan Cavanaugh has joined the group on banjo, taking the spot recently vacated by Danny Barnes. This has been Jeff’s performing vehicle since he left Yonder Mountain String Band in 2013. Cavanaugh joins Austin on mandolin, Ross Martin on guitar […]

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Coming Back Home To You from LRB

Mountain Home Music has released a compilation album for Lonesome River Band, containing 12 tracks from the band’s prior projects for the label, which are no longer available on CD. LRB’s Sammy Shelor chose the tracks for Coming Back Home To You along with the current […]

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Results from the 2015 Smoky Mountain Songwriters Festival

On August 22 the winners of the 4th annual Smoky Mountain Songwriters Festival Song Competition were announced. The festival was created four years ago after the organizer, Cyndy Montgomery Reeves, attended a similar event in the Florida keys. Her immediate reaction was that the place for a […]

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Announcing the Scott Street Banjo Finals

Young banjo players in Virginia are invited to submit entries for the inaugural edition of The Scott Street Five String Finals, a competition created in honor of the late Scott Street, a distinguished Virginia attorney and banjo loyalist who died from a rare cancer in […]

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Video documentary of successful Guinness Record attempt

The US mandolin world rejoiced on August 4 when a group of 491 mandolinists assembled at the Old Fiddlers Convention in Galax, VA to re-establish the Guinness World Record for largest mandolin ensemble. Organizer Tara Linhardt is still awaiting final confirmation from Guinness that they […]

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Congratulations Jimmy and Mikaela

More joyous bluegrass nuptials to announce, this time from Sweden. Jimmy Sunnebrandt, bass player with G2 Bluegrass Band, was married on August 22 to Mikaela Eriksson. She is also a musician and a bass player, which is precisely how the pair met. Both are multi-instrumentalists and lovers […]

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Jason Burleson model banjo from Prucha

Jaroslav Prucha has introduced a new artist signature model to his line of professional grade bluegrass instruments, made in the Czech Republic. This one is for banjo player Jason Burleson of Blue Highway, and has his signature engraved in an inlay block at the 19th fret. It’s […]

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A major award for Buddy Merriam

Buddy Merriam, who has spent the past 35 years performing traditional and original bluegrass music with his band, Back Roads, has been selected by the Long Island Music Hall of Fame as a recipient of their Long Island Sound award, also known as a LISA. These awards are […]

Bluegrass in the Media

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Urban Monroes drop William’s Still Alive

Not every bluegrass song has a deep meaning, nor a longstanding historical reference. But with William’s Still Alive, the new single from Portland’s Urban Monroes, we get both. Written by the Monroes’ Fran Kent, the song describes her discovery of a document from 1865 that marks her great-great-great-grandfather’s […]

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Banjostand coming back to World of Bluegrass

One of the most talked-about aspects of the 2014 World of Bluegrass week in Raleigh was the temporary art exhibit, Banjostand, designed by Bland Hoke. It was constructed on site surrounding the iconic statue of Sir Walter Raleigh by Bruno Lucchesi. We noticed it right away […]

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Montage video from Brian Godchaux & Sandy Rothman

Brian Godchaux & Sandy Rothman have released a new video, created by Dutch mandolinist and photographer Theo Van Trier, using audio from one of the tunes on Brian and Sandy’s new album of banjo/fiddle duets, The Red Fiddle & The Silver Banjo, against a montage of lovely photos. The […]

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WBCM radio launches this afternoon

The Birthplace of Country Music Museum in Bristol, VA is officially launching its new radio service today at 5:00 p.m. with a live radio broadcast from the museum. WBCM will be broadcasting in the region at 100.1 FM, with the signal also available online and via […]

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Mountain Faith to the semifinals on AGT

If you didn’t catch America’s Got Talent’s results show last night, there was great news for bluegrass fans. Mountain Faith Band achieved the votes required to make it through to the semifinals. So instead of heading home to Sylva, NC and papa Sam McMahan’s tire […]

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Po’ Ramblin’ Boys in Germany

The Po’ Ramblin’ Boys are bringing their hard driving brand of old school bluegrass to western Europe, and have promised to send us updates along the way. Here’s their first installment, from mandolinist C.J. Lewandowski, covering their departure on August 26 and their first day on the […]

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Last batch from Gettysburg, August 2015

Here is Frank Baker’s final gallery of images from the August 2015 Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival. We’ll have his photos from the Delaware Valley festival after Labor Day.

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BooGrass Bash launches in October

Halloween and bluegrass music haven’t traditionally clicked together in people’s minds, but folks in Anderson, SC are hoping to change that.They have schedule a three-day, indoor bluegrass festival to launch this year over the Halloween weekend at the Anderson County Civic Center. The BooGrass Bash will […]

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Kids Academy at Gettysburg 2015

Frank Baker shared this gallery from The Kids Academy at the August Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival, held earlier this month. And he’s not done yet!

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Still more from Gettysburg 2015

Here is yet another gallery of Frank Baker’s terrific images from the August Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival. And we’re not done yet!

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Mac Wiseman – All My Memories Fit for Print

I just picked up this wonderful, DENSELY PACKED bio of Mac Wiseman, All My Memories Fit for Print, from County Sales. It’s just riveting if you’re into the history of bluegrass and country music, radio, recording, promoting, the music “biz,” and the sharp memories of Mac Wiseman’s […]

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David Peterson and The Lindsey Family – two sides of bluegrass Gospel

Two new albums that came in recently cover the wide range of current bluegrass Gospel music so perfectly, that it seems appropriate to review them together. The first comes from David Peterson, whose Old Time Power serves as a classic representation of the way Gospel bluegrass […]

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Brown County Bluegrass Festival celebrates 25th anniversary

This coverage of the Brown County Fest is a contribution from Artie Werner, bass player/booking agent for The Missy Werner Band, and husband of The Missy Werner. Festival promoter Don Morgan, along with son Rob, achieved a milestone this past weekend as they celebrated the […]

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The Gibson Brothers Pick It True for WAMU

How do you go to an event like that and not just want to give everything you own to WAMU Bluegrass Country? The Gibson Brothers played their hearts out a couple weeks back at the hip, new D.C. area venue, AMP, for a WAMU Bluegrass […]

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Thursday at Gettysburg

Whether it’s generals Robert E. Lee and George G. Meade or the musicians at the Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival, this resort village in the rolling hills of southern Pennsylvania will always be a place where the North meets the South. The stage was set Thursday, August […]

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Billy Constable passes

| August 26, 2015 | 0 Comments

Billy Constable, a well-loved and respected bluegrass musician in western North Carolina, died over this past weekend after a long struggle with brain cancer. Though born in New York, Constable was raised in the Appalachian region of Avery County and discovered bluegrass when his mom married […]

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Still time to vote for Mountain Faith

| August 26, 2015 | 0 Comments

Mountain Faith Band had their first shot at the audience vote on America’s Got Talent last night, where they performed a grassed-up version of Shut Up + Dance With Me. The song was a hit last year for alt rockers Dance The Moon, complete with […]

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Raw, Rested, and Ready

| August 26, 2015 | 0 Comments

The recording of bluegrass music, both in the studio and in live performance has undergone a lot of changes in the past decade or two. We’ve seen the introduction of YouTube, digital editing and pitch correction, and the advent of the single-serve coffee machine in […]

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Breakthrough: The Gibson Brothers Story

| August 25, 2015 | 0 Comments

Andy Flynn is the editor of The Lake Placid News, and a valued correspondent here at Bluegrass Today. As a long-time fan of bluegrass music, he’s taken a special interest in the rise of The Gibson Brothers, the only bluegrass superstars to emerge from his […]

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Vote tonight for Mountain Faith!

| August 25, 2015 | 0 Comments

If you’ve been following North Carolina’s Mountain Faith Band as they move through the competition on America’s Got Talent – and even if you haven’t – tonight (8/25) is the first time that audience votes will affect the outcome. The band has done a brilliant […]

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