• Catchin’ up with Dale Ann Bradley

    In some ways, Dale Ann Bradley is just like the rest of us. She daydreams about getting away to the beach, frets about the search for true love and feels the aches and pains of getting older. But Dale Ann, unlike

  • Sometimes, even the stars are fans

    There are some well known bluegrass players who hide out in the air-conditioned comfort of the bus until just before a show, and spend as little time at the record table as they can. Then there’s Bobby Hicks. With a boatload

  • Eastman String Band at Gettysburg

    Whenever the Eastman String Band plays at a festival, there are a few things you can depend on – Savannah Finch’s silky vocals, Tim Finch’s wacky humor and some hot picking. Beyond that, though, you never know what, or who,

  • Thoughts on the 2011 IBMA Award nominations

    After last year’s IBMA awards ceremony, I wrote that top honors in this year’s trophy chase would likely come down to the Boxcars and Dailey & Vincent. I was, alas, only partially right. The Boxcars, the newest bluegrass super group, took

  • Jesse Brock’s big plans

    Jesse Brock is ready to make the leap from sideman to band leader. While he’s working on a solo project, he’s also polishing plans to start not one but two bands focusing on bluegrass and acoustic music. This fall, the mandolin

  • A tribute to bluegrass heroes

    On Friday night, while Vince Gill was playing a gig in the Washington D.C. suburbs for $110 a ticket, Norman Wright was finishing up a shift at his day job and doing some work on his son’s car before making

  • Dale Ann Bradley’s formula for success

    Meet Dale Ann Bradley for the first time and five minutes later you feel like she’s an old friend. Somewhere South of Crazy, her upcoming release on Compass Records, delivers the same result. From the opening notes of Stuart Duncan’s

  • Paul Williams shares a secret

    Sooner or later, just about everyone who hears Paul Williams sing wants to know the secret behind that clear-as-a-bell and oh-so-sweet high tenor. So here it is: Potato chips. Just two or three before he goes on stage and he’s ready

  • Kenny Baker – A Retrospective

    Bill Monroe played with some fine fiddlers over the decades – Chubby Wise, Vassar Clements and Bobby Hicks, for starters. But for his 1972 tribute to Pendleton Vandiver, there was only one real choice to play the fiddle tunes that

  • A friendly Battle of the Bands

    The Boxcars and the Gibson Brothers have been crossing paths a lot lately, and not just on the festival circuit. Their current albums, the self-titled debut by the Boxcars and the Gibsons’ Help My Brother, have spent time at the

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