• Charity begins at home 

    Charity begins at Home. So it’s said. But it helps the homeless also. That’s the aim of the Eddie and Martha Adcock, Tom Gray, Gene Johnson, and Valerie Smith. The Adcocks have supported the homeless for over 15 years. As Martha Adcock says, remembering their […]

    Charity begins at home 
    | December 9, 2016 | 0 Comments
  • Blue Highway Fan Appreciation Concert rescheduled for April 15

    It has been a big week for bluegrass heavyweights, Blue Highway. On the heel of Tuesday’s announcement that their latest album, Original Traditional, received a Grammy nomination for Best Bluegrass Album , their long-anticipated “Fan Appreciation Concert” has been rescheduled for April 15th, 2017. Even better, the […]

    Blue Highway Fan Appreciation Concert rescheduled for April 15
    | December 9, 2016 | 0 Comments
  • Thursday at Christmas in the Smokies

    Lorraine Jordan opened Thursday at Christmas in the Smokies as the MC. She and Tim White have been sharing the duties. Lorraine’s father, Royce, is usually the emcee, but is home with a case of pneumonia. We all need to keep Royce in our prayers. […]

    Thursday at Christmas in the Smokies
    | December 9, 2016 | 0 Comments
  • WAMU Bluegrass Country extends deadline

    WAMU’s Bluegrass Country, and the Bluegrass Country Foundation who plan to take over management of the station next year, have announced a five week extension in their December 31 deadline to transfer ownership. The Foundation was created for the express purpose of assuming the role WAMU has played […]

    WAMU Bluegrass Country extends deadline
    | December 9, 2016 | 0 Comments
  • Brushwood Songs & Stories from Norman Blake

    Can there be a bluegrass or old time musician more consistently entertaining than Norman Blake? He’s been flatpicking his guitar and singing songs that celebrate a simple life and the old time ways since 1972, delivering a series of cherished albums and remarkable live performances. […]

    Brushwood Songs & Stories from Norman Blake
    | December 9, 2016 | 0 Comments

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Brushwood Songs & Stories from Norman Blake

Can there be a bluegrass or old time musician more consistently entertaining than Norman Blake? He’s been flatpicking his guitar and singing songs that celebrate a simple life and the old time ways since 1972, delivering a series of cherished albums and remarkable live performances. […]

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Arthur ‘Who’ Smith 

Those who have an interest in classic country music, that of the traditional type of the 1940s and 1950s, will know that Arthur Q Smith is becoming less of a mystery. Known for his excellent and prolific song-writing and a fondness for alcohol, Arthur Q […]

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Noam Pikelny solo project in March

Rounder Records has announced a March 2017 release for Universal Favorite, their first recording for Noam Pikelny. Noam’s last project, Noam Pikelny Plays Kenny Baker Plays Bill Monroe, brought him a handful of awards from the International Bluegrass Music Association in 2014. The album won him […]

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Ray Cardwell to Wilson Pickins

Melanie Wilson with Wilson Pickins Promotions has announced the addition of bluegrass singer Ray Cardwell to her stable of artists. Ray has returned to pursue a career in our music following a layoff of several years, after having dedicated much of his youth to performing. He is […]

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Jeremy Stephens leaving Chuck Wagon Gang

Jeremy Stephens has announced that he will give up his position as guitarist and bass singer with The Chuck Wagon Gang at the end of this month. He has spent the last six years touring with the venerable Gospel group who have been performing under […]

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Mike Conner to Graham Talent Group

The Graham Talent Group, based in Russell Springs, KY, has announced that Mike Conner has joined the agency. Mike will assist principal Randy Graham in booking the several groups on their roster, and concentrate on developing new business ventures. He will also head up Graham’s production […]

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2016 Red Wine Bluegrass Party

This report is a contribution from Martino Coppo, mandolinist and vocalist with Italy’s Red Wine. Each year they host a themed show where they live in northern Italy called Red Wine Bluegrass Party, and Martino sends along some photos and a description. The Red Wine Bluegrass Party […]

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East Tennessee wildfire relief

We’ve received a number of questions and suggestions about relief efforts for the many residents of East Tennessee who have been burned out, or lost their employment because of the recent wildfires near Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg. A good many of the people affected are […]

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Reflections on the destructive wildfires in East Tennessee

As I sit down to write tonight, there is a lit candle putting off a beautiful warm glow, with a slight fragrance of fir. I pack my pipe, and light it, and the smoke begins to fill my office. Then, I realize something. These things […]

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Strum Machine brings an accompanist to you

Most anyone who has worked to learn a musical instrument knows how useful it would be to have a buddy who would sit with you and strum along while you practice new songs. Often small errors in timing and meter can slip by before you […]

Bluegrass in the Media

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WAMU Bluegrass Country extends deadline

WAMU’s Bluegrass Country, and the Bluegrass Country Foundation who plan to take over management of the station next year, have announced a five week extension in their December 31 deadline to transfer ownership. The Foundation was created for the express purpose of assuming the role WAMU has played […]

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Away In A Manger from Redhead Express

Redhead Express is sharing their Christmas spirit this season with a music video of their arrangement of the classic, Away In A Manger. Featuring the four Walker sisters from Alaska, redheads all, the video captures their blending of the bluegrass instruments with the familiar sound […]

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Lyric video for Bells Of Home

Circa Blue has produced a lyric video for the title track and first single from their Christmas album, Bells Of Home, with Dawn Kenney. The song, written by David Morris and Dawn Kenney, is based on a 1944 Christmas Day battle in Belgium, during the Battle of […]

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Bluegrass: Funnier Than It Sounds coming soon

A few months ago we told you about a book of bluegrass cartoons from Rick Cornish that would soon be available. Rick is a lifetime member of the California Bluegrass Association, a determined bluegrass picker, and an amateur humorist and cartoonist. Well, he’s about to […]

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Rex McGee – Banjo Playing Enigma

Bud Bennett, archivist at Radford University in Virginia, has released another set of his interview videos with top banjo players.  Over recent months he has recorded lengthy, detailed conversations with banjo masters like Butch Robins, Sammy Shelor, Jens Kruger, and John Bullard plus one with innovative […]

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Charity begins at home 

Charity begins at Home. So it’s said. But it helps the homeless also. That’s the aim of the Eddie and Martha Adcock, Tom Gray, Gene Johnson, and Valerie Smith. The Adcocks have supported the homeless for over 15 years. As Martha Adcock says, remembering their […]

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Blue Highway Fan Appreciation Concert rescheduled for April 15

It has been a big week for bluegrass heavyweights, Blue Highway. On the heel of Tuesday’s announcement that their latest album, Original Traditional, received a Grammy nomination for Best Bluegrass Album , their long-anticipated “Fan Appreciation Concert” has been rescheduled for April 15th, 2017. Even better, the […]

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Mountains of Music Homecoming 2017

Yesterday afternoon in Abingdon, VA, the The Crooked Road held a press conference at their Heartwood Center to announce the details of the 2017 Mountains of Music Homecoming. The Crooked Road is a public/private partnership between the state and local communities and businesses to boost tourism […]

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Thomas Point Beach lives again

One of the most enjoyable and relaxing festivals I ever attended back in the 1980s was the Thomas Point Beach Bluegrass Festival near Brunswick in southern Maine. A perfectly bucolic setting, along a sandy beach on one of the area’s many tidal inlets, the event had been […]

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Sad news from Camp Springs Music Foundation

We heard today from Becky Johnson with the Camp Springs Music Foundation in North Carolina. These are the folks who have been attempting to purchase the old campground and site for the legendary Camp Springs festivals once hosted by Carlton Haney and his brother Charles. […]

Latest Reviews

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Thursday at Christmas in the Smokies

Lorraine Jordan opened Thursday at Christmas in the Smokies as the MC. She and Tim White have been sharing the duties. Lorraine’s father, Royce, is usually the emcee, but is home with a case of pneumonia. We all need to keep Royce in our prayers. […]

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Christmas in the Smokies 2016

The fires in Gatlinburg have been extinguished, but the flame of hope still burns brightly. This year’s edition of Christmas in the Smokies, presented by Lorraine Jordan and Carolina Road, kicked off Wednesday afternoon. Lorraine announced that the festival will be making a substantive donation […]

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Things We Do For Dreams – Trinity River Band

Since making the decision to pursue music full-time in 2011, Callahan, Florida’s Harris family – better known as Trinity River Band – has experienced quite a run of success. With songs like Better than Blue, How Blue, and Rusty Old American Dream receiving frequent airplay […]

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Al Ras Bluegrass Festival 2016

This review of the Al Ras Bluegrass Festival is a contribution from Spanish banjoist, educator, and composer, Lluis Gomez. The fifteenth edition of Al Ras Bluegrass Festival took place this November in Barcelona and Mollet del Vallès (Barcelona, Spain). Al Ras is the oldest bluegrass festival in […]

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Heidi & Ryan… worth the wait

For this reviewer, the most anticipated album of 2016 has been this self-titled, debut project from Heidi & Ryan on Mountain Fever Records. It’s been on my mind since I first saw them perform live at the SPBGMA convention in Nashville this past winter, and […]

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Quiz: Are you a bluegrass diva?

| December 7, 2016 | 0 Comments

The concept of bluegrass “success” is a subjective one, especially in a world where the majority of bluegrass professionals hold at least an off-season day job (for what it’s worth, this was once true of professional athletes, too). Last week, I suggested that you can […]

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The bluegrass band that keeps on giving, and giving

| December 6, 2016 | 0 Comments

In March 2015 we reported on the charitable work that the Ocotillo Rain and Thunder Bluegrass Band was doing. Recently we learned that they had collected over $10,000 in two years. That’s a remarkable achievement. Members of the 11-piece southern Arizona bluegrass band have been […]

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And the 2017 Grammy nominees are…

| December 6, 2016 | 0 Comments

The nominees have been announced for the 59th Annual Grammy Awards this morning, and our eyes quickly jumped to the all-important Best Bluegrass Album category. We understand there are others as well. And the nominees for Best Bluegrass Album are… Original Traditional – Blue Highway, Label: Rounder Records […]

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Cleverlys to Moonstruck Management

| December 5, 2016 | 0 Comments

Moonstruck Management has announced the signing of bluegrass parody act, The Cleverlys, to their talent roster. The group takes on the pose of a family band, led by a Digger Cleverly, Sr. who plays guitar and sings lead. When the group first emerged a few years […]

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UNC School of Music adds bluegrass concentration

| December 5, 2016 | 0 Comments

The School of Music at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley will begin offering a new Folk and Bluegrass Studies program starting in the Fall of 2017. This will be an instrumental concentration in the common bluegrass instruments for any UNC students in the music department. […]

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