Author Archive: Brance

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Ricky Skaggs with the Boston Pops

| June 29, 2011 | 0 Comments

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, Japan to Sweden and back […]


Downtown Ramblers: On The Other Side Of The City

| April 22, 2011 | 0 Comments

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 traditional bluegrass influenced by Swedish […]


Randy Waller: Momma’s Song

| April 19, 2011 | 0 Comments

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 time for Mother’s Day, […]


Spann’s Guide To Gibson 1902-1941

| April 18, 2011 | 0 Comments

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 between the dates of […]


User Registration on The Bluegrass Blog

| March 21, 2011 | 0 Comments

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 list of known spam […]


Chinese Bluegrass Orchestration

| March 11, 2011 | 0 Comments

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 North Carolina in 1943. […]


Flying with your instrument

| March 7, 2011 | 0 Comments

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 comfortable with. The airlines are […]


Town Mountain to Pinecastle

| March 3, 2011 | 0 Comments

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 in Colorado. The members of […]


Bluegrass Vocabulary Lesson

| March 2, 2011 | 0 Comments

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 particular style of music, […]


EBMA and EWOB part ways

| February 28, 2011 | 0 Comments

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 a “special relationship” which […]