Author Archive: Guest Contributor

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

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Della Mae in Brazil

| July 23, 2014 | 0 Comments

While much of the world’s attention was focused on Brazil earlier this month, Della Mae was touring the country spreading the bluegrass message on behalf of the US government. Mandolinist Jenni Lyn Gardner sent this brief report on their activities. In the midst of the […]


Sheridan Festival evacuated by fire

| July 13, 2014 | 0 Comments

This report comes from C.J. Lewandowski, mandolinist with Karl Shiflett & Big Country Show. He was working at the Sheridan festival as the following took place. The photos were taken by Steve Jackson. The Sheridan Bluegrass Fever Festival was evacuated on Saturday (7/12/14) by a […]


Rhonda Vincent remembers John Hutchinson

| July 10, 2014 | 0 Comments

One of the many people in bluegrass who had been deeply touched by the life of John Hutchinson was Rhonda Vincent. She shared these memories of him on the occasion of his passing earlier today. The first time I met John Hutchinson, was when my […]


Feller & Hill do Norway

| July 10, 2014 | 0 Comments

Feller & Hill are spending a week in Norway, performing at a major country music festival and trying to see as much of the countryside as they can. Tom Feller shared this report. Norway is beautiful and it has just kept getting more and more […]


Red, White & Bluegrass 2014

| June 30, 2014 | 1 Comment

This early report from the 2014 edition of the Red, White & Bluegrass festival last week is a contribution from Jessica Boggs, an enthusiastic bluegrass fan in East Tennessee. Sweltering heat couldn’t keep fans from coming out to the first day of Red, White, and […]


Could I get just a little more monitor?

| June 25, 2014 | 0 Comments

This article is a contribution from Tom Feller. In addition to performing with Feller & Hill, Tom is an experienced studio engineer and live audio reinforcement specialist. He was inspired to write following this past week running sound at Bean Blossom. Touring bands may be […]


Jamie Dailey on Don Light

| June 23, 2014 | 0 Comments

Here’s another bluegrass professional who’s life and career were touched by the legendary Don Light, who passed away last week. Jaimie Daley recalls his former manager with great respect and affection. Almost ten years ago this year, I was in Owensboro Kentucky working for Doyle Lawson. […]


Steep Canyon Rangers remember Don Light

| June 19, 2014 | 0 Comments

We heard this morning from Woody Platt with Steep Canyon Rangers. They were one of the bands that benefited from the management expertise of Don Light, who passed away yesterday. The band asked that we share this remembrance. We were approached backstage at Graves Mountain Bluegrass Festival in […]


Larry Wallace recalls James Alan Shelton

| June 6, 2014 | 0 Comments

Memoriams to James Alan Shelton continue to come in, focusing mostly on what a good friend and fine fellow he was, aside from his obvious skills as a guitarist. This one comes from Mississippian Larry Wallace, who played banjo with Jimmy Martin from 1991 to […]


Steven Patton remembers James Alan Shelton

| June 5, 2014 | 0 Comments

Here is another personal remembrance of James Alan Shelton, this one from his close friend and neighbor, Steve Patton. Steven and his wife, Jessica, spent a great deal opt time with James and Great Shelton. I first met James Alan when I was 15 years […]