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Occasionally, we have Guest Contributors who share their thoughts and experiences on Bluegrass Today.

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Al Ras Bluegrass Festival 2016

| December 8, 2016 | 0 Comments

This review of the Al Ras Bluegrass Festival is a contribution from Spanish banjoist, educator, and composer, Lluis Gomez. The fifteenth edition of Al Ras Bluegrass Festival took place this November in Barcelona and Mollet del Vallès (Barcelona, Spain). Al Ras is the oldest bluegrass festival in […]


2016 Red Wine Bluegrass Party

| December 2, 2016 | 0 Comments

This report is a contribution from Martino Coppo, mandolinist and vocalist with Italy’s Red Wine. Each year they host a themed show where they live in northern Italy called Red Wine Bluegrass Party, and Martino sends along some photos and a description. The Red Wine Bluegrass Party […]


Kevin Richardson – Embrace every moment

| November 14, 2016 | 0 Comments

This article is a contribution from Kevin Richardson, guitarist with The Larry Stephenson Band. He shares a few words about he has achieved his dream of becoming a professional bluegrass performer. Born in Pinehurst, NC in 1979, I missed some of the best bluegrass ever played. I’m […]


Welcome Mark Stoffel to the USA!

| November 9, 2016 | 0 Comments

This post is a contribution from Mark Stoffel, mandolinist with Chris Jones & the Night Drivers. It was written following his naturalization as an American citizen last week. As we look past this year’s extremely divisive election, it may do us all good to ponder […]


C.F. Bailey & Shadow Ridge on Best of Bluegrass

| October 20, 2016 | 0 Comments

This report comes from Bob Mitchell, host of Best of Bluegrass on WCHQ in Louisville, KY. He is one of the reporting radio hosts for our Bluegrass Today Weekly Airplay Chart. Look for this show to be broadcast in the next few weeks. C.F. Bailey […]


Ragged Union does Old Blighty

| October 18, 2016 | 0 Comments

Geoff Union, guitarist and fearless leader of Colorado’s Ragged Union, offers this report from their current tour of Great Britain. We’ve made it to roughly the halfway point of our 2 week tour – here’s a little update on how things are going: The British […]


The Long Road to Carter Stanley’s final performance

| October 6, 2016 | 0 Comments
Carter Stanley

Gary Reid has shared this detailed remembrance of Carter Stanley’s last show on October 21, 1966, to which we alluded yesterday. Here he provides some historical perspective on the upcoming 50th anniversary of Carter Stanley’s passing, and that final performance with The Stanley Brothers. Bob Artis noted […]


Photos from Miami Valley Brewfest

| September 22, 2016 | 0 Comments

Thanks to Stacey Wright, who captured these images at last weekend’s Miami Valley Brewfest in Miamisburg, OH. This was their second year for the festival, organized by Max Nunery with The Repeating Arms. Stacey says it has rained both years at the Brewfest, but that enthusiastic crowds have […]


Pickin’ By The Lake 2016

| September 16, 2016 | 0 Comments

Thanks to Laura Tate Photography for these great shots from the 2016 Pickin’ By The Lake Festival, held September 10 at Mayo Lake Park in Foxboro, NC.


J. D. Crowe and Deering Banjos enter Banjo Hall of Fame

| September 13, 2016 | 0 Comments

This report on the Hall of Fame weekend at the American Banjo Museum is a contribution from Alan Tompkins, a Dallas area bluegrass musician, radio host, and founder of the Bluegrass Heritage Foundation. Alan also serves on the Board of the IBMA and is integral […]