Author Archive: Dick Bowden
Dick Bowden is a VERY traditional bluegrass picker and fan from New England, who makes occasional contributions to Bluegrass Today representing the old timers' viewpoints.
Many know Mike Compton from the Nashville Bluegrass Band and John Hartford String Band, or from duet appearances. Many students have taken his mandolin classes. He IS the acknowledged Monroe-style master. When I learned Mike was appearing solo April 21 at the Towne Crier in Pawling [...]
Just where did Mountain Fever recording artists, leading traditional Canadian bluegrassers and late-night bear hunters The Spinney Brothers come from anyway? 2011 brought these genial Nova Scotians to the attention of traditional bluegrass fans in the USA. Banjoist Rick Spinney makes no bones about it [...]
… or, USA’s bass pickin’ Kelly meets Japan’s mandolin pickin’ Shin Some of us folks in the business world do a lot of traveling. For bluegrassers, business travel often spins off into great musical experiences like concerts, jams, vintage instrument stores, festival sites, bluegrass clubs, historical [...]
This week readers of the San Francisco Chronicle can enjoy a great bluegrass-oriented feature written by Sam Whiting. The article prominently features two bluegrass art forms that have joined and prospered at an East Bay neighborhood English pub, the Kensington Circus Pub. Locals just call [...]
From the home of Colt’s Patent Firearms, Mark Twain and America’s insurance industry — Hartford, CT — comes an intimate Sunday afternoon bluegrass club experience at the award-winning Firebox Restaurant. Located at 539 Broad Street, in the shadow of the gold-domed state capitol, The Firebox [...]
Gabrielle Gray, Executive Director of the International Bluegrass Music Museum (IBMM) in Owensboro KY, made a fund raising visit to the Northeast, showing a clip of IBMM’s documentary film Powerful: Bill Monroe Remembered, in the Boston suburb of Brookline Monday evening Jan. 9 2012. Gabby’s [...]