• Ricky Skaggs with the Boston Pops

    Bluegrass is an interesting musical genre. It is loved far and wide by people in rural communities, especially in the south, who can readily associate with much of the lyrical content. Yet it is also loved around the world from,

  • Downtown Ramblers: On The Other Side Of The City

    The Downtown Ramblers (Gothenburg, Sweden) were voted European Bluegrass Band of the Year in 2009, just a few short months after releasing their first, self-titled, CD. That recording featured  all original material. The band's sound is a unique blend of

  • Randy Waller: Momma’s Song

    Filed under new releases, here's news of a new recording from Randy Waller & The Country Gentlemen. The CD, titled One Mile East of Hazel Green has a tentative release date of May 1, 2011. With a release datd just in

  • Spann’s Guide To Gibson 1902-1941

    Next month will see the publication of a new book sure to be of interest to those interested in vintage Gibson instruments: Spann's Guide To Gibson 1902-1941. The 296 page book is a guide to Gibson guitars, mandolins, and banjos manufactured

  • User Registration on The Bluegrass Blog

    A little housekeeping... We've been overwhelmed with spam user registrations recently, so we've taken appropriate measures to prevent it. Starting today, all user registrations must be approved by the blog admin. Additionally, some registrations will be blocked automatically based on a

  • Chinese Bluegrass Orchestration

    What happens when a North Carolina native builds a career in experimental music composition and then becomes fascinated with the sounds of a 10 piece traditional chinese ensemble? Why Chinese bluegrass of course! William Duckworth grew up in the mountains of

  • Flying with your instrument

    Many, if not most, of us have experienced the frustration of flying with an instrument. Fine and vintage instruments are of such high value, checking that instrument through the airline's baggage handling is not a risk musicians tend to be

  • Town Mountain to Pinecastle

    Pinecastle Records has announced the newest band to be signed to the label. Town Mountain hails from Asheville, NC, but has been touring other areas of the country since 2005, when they won the band competition at the Rockygrass festival

  • Bluegrass Vocabulary Lesson

    The latest issue (March 2011) of  Acoustic Guitar magazine is out, and it includes a lengthy article by Tyler Grant entitled: Must-Know Bluegrass Vocabulary - A guide to practical licks every flatpicker should know. Grant draws an interesting analogy between learning to play a

  • EBMA and EWOB part ways

    With the 3rd European Bluegrass Summit (18-20 Feb. 2011) recently concluded in Bühl, Germany, the news has been announced that the European Bluegrass Music Association (EBMA) and the European World of Bluegrass (EWOB) Festival have amicably divorced one another. The two organizations have long enjoyed

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