• 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, […]

    Wanderlust – The Davidson Brothers
    | August 20, 2014 | 0 Comments
  • 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 […]

    Blue Moon Rising reunion shows
    | August 20, 2014 | 0 Comments
  • 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 […]

    New look for Larry Stephenson Band
    | August 20, 2014 | 0 Comments
  • Free bluegrass personality test

    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 […]

    Free bluegrass personality test
    | August 20, 2014 | 0 Comments
  • 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 […]

    Album of the Week #37: The Boys From Indiana’s Atlanta Is Burning
    | August 20, 2014 | 0 Comments

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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 […]

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The Roys sign with Buddy Lee

The Roys are expecting big things from their upcoming CD, The View, and are laying the groundwork to take advantage of any opportunities that may come their way. To introduce it to the bluegrass audience, they will perform the full album live on SiriusXM on […]

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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 […]

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Jason Burleson back with Blue Highway

We are delighted to report that Jason Burleson has been released from the hospital in Le Puy en Velay, France, and has been reunited with his Blue Highway brethren at the La Roche Bluegrass Festival. Upon arriving in France last week, Jason did one performance […]

Bluegrass in the Media

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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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Cold Spell promotional video

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

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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Jesus and Jones video from Nu-Blu

Nu-Blu debuted their latest music video earlier today on CBS Sunday Morning, Jesus and Jones (written by Cheri Hefner and Rick Tiger), featuring R&B legend Sam Moore sharing vocal chores with Carolyn Routh.  

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We Were Kings from G2

Sweden’s G2 has released a music video for We Were Kings, which will be the first single from their upcoming Mind Over Matter CD. The guys are very excited about the CD, as it is their first to have been recorded in the US (in […]

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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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Norman Adams recognized for 40 years

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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#FlashbackFriday – Gettin’ Pumped for Wide Open Bluegrass!

After the final nominations for the 2014 IBMA Awards were announced this past Wednesday, it’s officially time to start counting down to IBMA Week in Raleigh, NC. The bluegrass community takes over downtown Raleigh September 30 through October 4. The week’s festivities include the World of […]

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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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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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Behind The Mic with Amy Orlomoski

| August 15, 2014 | 0 Comments

To those who radio experience is limited to turning the dial in their car, hosting a radio show might seem like a difficult job. Using sound and recording equipment, learning about broadcast laws and guidelines, narrowing down a playlist each week, not to mention somehow […]

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Béla & Abby CD in October

| August 14, 2014 | 0 Comments

Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn: husband and wife, parents, musicians, touring partners, and now studio duet collaborators. Rounder Records has announced today that they will release their first, and eponymous, album October 7. There will also be a second duo tour starting later this Fall. Family […]

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The Patuxent Banjo Project

| August 14, 2014 | 0 Comments

The latest release from Patuxent Music, The Patuxent Banjo Project (Patuxent CD 250), has a very interesting aspect in that it brings together 40 regional banjo players to showcase their talents. However, these pickers are from the bluegrass-rich Greater Washington, DC – Baltimore, Maryland, area […]

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2014 Dove nominations

| August 14, 2014 | 0 Comments

The International Bluegrass Music Association wasn’t the only organization in Nashville announcing major awards nominations yesterday. The Gospel Music Association also hosted a press conference to releases the nominees for their 45th Annual Dove Awards. Doves are distributed among various sectors of American Gospel and […]

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