Author Archive: Guest Contributor

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

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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 […]


Monogram – There and Back Again

| July 28, 2016 | 0 Comments

This article is a contribution from Pepa Malina, fiddler with Monogram, perhaps the longest established bluegrass band in eastern Europe. He tells an agonizing story about the group attempting to visit the US this summer to perform at the ROMP festival in June, but being prevented from […]


Bean Blossom – a view from the board

| June 21, 2016 | 0 Comments

This article is a contribution from Tom Feller, one half of the bluegrass performing duo Feller & Hill, studio operator and musician, and a skilled and experienced live audio engineer. It’s a follow-up to a piece he wrote in 2014 offering comments on what he experienced running […]


Irene Kelley celebrates These Hills in Nashville

| June 17, 2016 | 0 Comments

For years Irene Kelley has been one of the best kept secrets in Nashville, weaving her magic into song after song for artists like Ricky Skaggs, Alan Jackson, Trisha Yearwood, Loretta Lynn, Rhonda Vincent, Carl Jackson, Claire Lynch, Pure Prairie League, the Osborne Brothers and others. But last night it was her […]


Earls of Leicester sez ‘The show must go on!’

| June 7, 2016 | 0 Comments

This “power of bluegrass story” comes from Kimberly Williams, bluegrass publicist to the stars, about what she saw during this past weekend’s Bluegrass On The Plains festival. Or should we say, a “no power of bluegrass story?” On Friday, June 3rd, the large crowd at […]