• Skaggs, White and Cooder touring together

    A pair of artists whose careers have been marked by unexpected pairings and multi-stylistic collaborations, will be touring later in 2015 with one of the purest voices in country music when Ry Cooder, Sharon White and Ricky Skaggs hit the road together. Cooder has made his […]

    Skaggs, White and Cooder touring together
    | May 6, 2015 | 0 Comments
  • Ray Edwards battling cancer

    Bluegrass songwriter and performer Ray Edwards has shared the news that he is undergoing treatment for prostate cancer. Fortunately, tests show that the cancer is isolated in one side of his prostate, and that it is a small and very slow-growing tumor. As soon as […]

    Ray Edwards battling cancer
    | May 6, 2015 | 0 Comments
  • Bluegrass Weather Report – 5/6/15

    Here’s our Special Bluegrass Correspondent with this week’s Bluegrass Weather Report, looking in on the Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver Festival in Denton, NC.  

    Bluegrass Weather Report – 5/6/15
    | May 6, 2015 | 0 Comments
  • Are you afraid of bluegrass music?

    The first ballot for the IBMA awards has gone out. Did you receive a “for your consideration” mass e-mail from me or one of my surrogates? I hope not, because I didn’t send one (not that I wouldn’t love to have your vote). That means […]

    Are you afraid of bluegrass music?
    | May 6, 2015 | 0 Comments
  • Baby Blue Eyes – Ashley Lilly with The Songcatchers and Friends

    Young song thrush Ashley Lilly has gradually eased herself to the forefront of The Songcatchers and this is even more apparent with the release of the band’s new CD Baby Blue Eyes on Friday, May 1, 2015. Ashley describes what’s on offer, “It is pretty […]

    Baby Blue Eyes – Ashley Lilly with The Songcatchers and Friends
    | May 6, 2015 | 0 Comments

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Ray Edwards battling cancer

Bluegrass songwriter and performer Ray Edwards has shared the news that he is undergoing treatment for prostate cancer. Fortunately, tests show that the cancer is isolated in one side of his prostate, and that it is a small and very slow-growing tumor. As soon as […]

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Junior Sisk grabs the book by the horns

Junior Sisk has announced that he has ended his long relationship with the Roe Entertainment Agency, and will be representing himself going forward for all live appearances by Junior Sisk & Rambler’s Choice. His office released a statement earlier today expressing his gratitude for the work […]

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Closer To Home from Nathan Stanley

Nathan Stanley has a new single, Closer To Home, which is currently being serviced to bluegrass and Southern Gospel radio stations. Closer To Home was written by Darlene Fowler, who works with Nathan at The Stanley Agency, and will be included on his next album, not […]

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Luke Munday to Marty Raybon

Marty Raybon has announced Luke Monday as his new banjo player with Full Circle. Luke has actually been out with Marty for the past few months, but now it’s official. This is Munday’s second stint with Marty, and he is really psyched for the opportunity. “I’m really excited […]

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Backstep Blues from Tellico

Asheville, NC has produced some of the most interesting new sounds in the modern bluegrass and old time music scene of late. Something about the community there is drawing creative people, and clumping them together to make string band music that pushes boundaries while holding on […]

Bluegrass At Large

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James King and his liver transplant

Fans and followers of James King know that it’s been hard times up and down the road of late for the bluegrass balladeer. The past year has found him in and out of hospitals since being admitted while on the road in May 2014 for […]

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Dr Arm from Banjolit

US grassers are rapidly getting used to the idea of bluegrass music being a truly international endeavor. It may be, and may long remain, a primarily American musical form, but important contributions from beyond our shores are a regular component of bluegrass news. Eastern Europe […]

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Tex Logan quite ill

Through his daughter, Jody, we have learned that renowned fiddler and bluegrass personality, Tex Logan, is in very poor health. He has been hospitalized for much of April with a variety of issues, but has just recently suffered a heart attack and is experiencing kidney […]

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Sam Passamano receives Airplay Direct award

Airplay Direct, the file-sharing system that serves artists, music labels and radio programmers, has announced Sam Passamano of Rural Rhythm Records as the recipient of their second annual Iconic Innovators Award. In addition to the honor, this award comes with a free Airplay Direct marketing campaign […]

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Sweetwater to host VornDick studio seminar

Renowned studio engineer and producer Bil VornDick has teamed up with mega-music retailer Sweetwater, and Chicago grassers The House Carpenters to offer a 3-day recording seminar in Fort Wayne, IN. It is scheduled for April 23-25. VornDick is among the most celebrated acoustic music engineers […]

Bluegrass in the Media

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Town Mountain videos from Suwannee

When Town Mountain performed earlier this year at the Suwannee Springfest, they shot a number of live performance videos away from the stage for the folks at Hype Music Festivals. Three songs were record with Florida swamp land as a backdrop, Coming Back To You, Wildbird, […]

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Closer To Home from Nathan Stanley

Nathan Stanley has a new single, Closer To Home, which is currently being serviced to bluegrass and Southern Gospel radio stations. Closer To Home was written by Darlene Fowler, who works with Nathan at The Stanley Agency, and will be included on his next album, not […]

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New members elected to IBMA Board

When the Board of Directors of the International Bluegrass Music Association meets next week in Nashville, three new Directors will be seated. They were elected in a special election to fill the seats of Board members who resigned late last year. Chosen by the members […]

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Bob Webster is back on Air 

Those of us who remember with fondness Bob Webster’s stint on WAMU will be pleased to know that he is back on air. Webster has joined the crew at Rockingham County Radio for his own three hour program commencing at noon this Wednesday, May 6, […]

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IBMA issues call for submissions for 2nd film festival

The International Bluegrass Music Association has issued a call for submissions to their second Bluegrass Film Festival, to be held during the World of Bluegrass/Wide Open Bluegrass week in Raleigh, NC from September 29-October 3. Two featured films will be shown both during the World of […]

Latest Events News

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Skaggs, White and Cooder touring together

A pair of artists whose careers have been marked by unexpected pairings and multi-stylistic collaborations, will be touring later in 2015 with one of the purest voices in country music when Ry Cooder, Sharon White and Ricky Skaggs hit the road together. Cooder has made his […]

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Bluegrass Weather Report – 5/6/15

Here’s our Special Bluegrass Correspondent with this week’s Bluegrass Weather Report, looking in on the Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver Festival in Denton, NC.  

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Mountains Of Music Homecoming schedule released

The Mountains of Music Homecoming, a 9-day festival set to include 34 traditional music concerts all across southwestern Virginia, has announced its schedule for 2015. All of these performances, many in quaint and historic small-town locations, are being jointly promoted by The Crooked Road, an […]

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Photos from the debut Rocky Top Bluegrass Festival

Thanks to Mike Kelly for this batch of photos from the first Rocky Top Bluegrass Festival in the newly-renamed Rocky Top, TN. Mike says the festival went well, though a rough weather forecast kept the audience numbers down on Saturday – though the storms stayed away until […]

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Bluegrass Weather Report – 4/28/15

Here’s our Special Bluegrass Correspondent with this week’s Bluegrass Weather Report, looking at the Boxcar Pinion Festival in Chattanooga, TN.  

Latest Reviews

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Baby Blue Eyes – Ashley Lilly with The Songcatchers and Friends

Young song thrush Ashley Lilly has gradually eased herself to the forefront of The Songcatchers and this is even more apparent with the release of the band’s new CD Baby Blue Eyes on Friday, May 1, 2015. Ashley describes what’s on offer, “It is pretty […]

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The Coast – Wood & Wire

Austin, Texas-based band Wood & Wire, which has recently released its second full-length album, The Coast, is one of the most energetic young bluegrass bands I’ve heard recently. Their music is an interesting combination of rough and polished, where solid instrumentation mixed with frenetic picking […]

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Traveling Show – Songs From The Road Band

Traveling Show is the third album from the aptly-named Songs From The Road Band, which is a side project led by Charles Humphrey III, the bassist for Steep Canyon Rangers. This project is a testament to one of the unique traits that makes bluegrass so […]

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How To Write A Banjo Concerto comes to VOD

Finally! The 2014 film How To Write A Banjo Concerto, which follows Béla Fleck through the process of conceiving and composing The Imposter, is being released to video on demand. Starting tomorrow, April 21, viewers will be able to watch the movie through iTunes, Amazon, Vimeo […]

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Purely Instrumental – Johnny Warren & Charlie Cushman

So what appears in my mailbox this week but a pre-release copy of Johnny & Charlie’s latest salute to the great instrumental sound of Flatt & Scruggs! Glory Hallelujah Land! Same band as their 2011 Tribute to Paul Warren Vol. 2:  Del McCoury, Jerry Douglas, […]

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Steve Lewis – Inside the mind of a contest champion

| May 5, 2015 | 0 Comments

Steve Lewis, from Todd, NC (a tiny community just north of Boone) was gracious enough to talk with me about his experience playing and winning some of the toughest banjo and guitar contests in the country. In the interest of full disclosure, I first met […]

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Catching Up With the Spinney Brothers

| May 5, 2015 | 0 Comments

Maybe the Spinney Brothers should try to negotiate a contract that pays them by the mile. Sure, every bluegrass band racks up the miles, but when home is in Nova Scotia, just about every trip for Rick and Allan Spinney is a long one. Take […]

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Artist2Artist: Andy Statman – What is it to be Ferocious?

| May 4, 2015 | 0 Comments

You know what drives me nuts? It’s pretty simple. It’s for me to be on stage and play a fiddle note that is not good quality. Mind you, it can be one note in thousands — or it can be a bunch of poorly delivered […]

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Brown County Red video from IIIrd Tyme Out

| May 1, 2015 | 0 Comments

When Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out taped a show for Bluegrass Underground earlier this year, a couple of audience videos popped up, including this clip of Brown County Red, a radio single that just debuted at #1 on our Bluegrass Today Weekly Airplay Chart. It’s an […]

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Boston Town video from Della Mae

| April 30, 2015 | 0 Comments

Rounder Records has released a music video for Boston Town, the opening track on their upcoming album from Della Mae. It’s nostalgic union-organizing song written and sung by Celia Woodsmith.   The new album, simply titled Della Mae, is due for release on May 12. […]

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