Author Archive: Guest Contributor

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

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Po’ Ramblin’ Boys head to Burkenreid

| August 31, 2015 | 0 Comments

The Po’ Ramblin’ Boys are bringing their hard driving brand of old school bluegrass to western Europe, and have promised to send us updates along the way. Here’s their second installment, from mandolinist C.J. Lewandowski, covering their trip to Ulm and Burkenreid for a festival performance. The first night of sleep […]


Po’ Ramblin’ Boys in Germany

| August 30, 2015 | 0 Comments

The Po’ Ramblin’ Boys are bringing their hard driving brand of old school bluegrass to western Europe, and have promised to send us updates along the way. Here’s their first installment, from mandolinist C.J. Lewandowski, covering their departure on August 26 and their first day on the […]


Brown County Bluegrass Festival celebrates 25th anniversary

| August 24, 2015 | 0 Comments

This coverage of the Brown County Fest is a contribution from Artie Werner, bass player/booking agent for The Missy Werner Band, and husband of The Missy Werner. Festival promoter Don Morgan, along with son Rob, achieved a milestone this past weekend as they celebrated the […]


Time for Action – an open letter to IBMA

| August 12, 2015 | 0 Comments

This open letter to the International Bluegras Music Association is a contribution from Joe Lurgio, a former staff member of the Association. Prior to his time with the organization, Joe was a working artist performing with Three Tall Pines in Boston, while he labored in a day […]


A Special 4-Part Tutorial for Bluegrass Artists

| August 12, 2015 | 0 Comments

As we had mentioned a few weeks ago, branding guru Barry Silverstein has prepared a special 4-part report for us, designed to help new and independent artists prepare to market and promote their recorded music themselves. It will serve as the next four issues of his Sound Marketing for Bluegrass […]


Photos from Red, White & Bluegrass 2015

| July 16, 2015 | 0 Comments

Laura Tate Ridge shared these photos from Friday night and Saturday at the 2015 Red, White & Bluegrass Festival.


Photos from Norris Creek 2015

| July 14, 2015 | 0 Comments

This report and photos from the inaugural Norris Creek Pig Pickin’ festival is a contribution from Laura Tate Ridge. When I am attending a Bluegrass festival, there aren’t many instances when I roll up to the gate to find the promoter of the festival greeting […]


Checking in with Jim VanCleve

| July 10, 2015 | 0 Comments

Fiddle phenom Jim VanCleve asked us to share this message regarding his musical plans post Mountain Heart. Since the public disclosure of my departure from Mountain Heart last week, I’ve had a whole bunch of folks ask what my plans were. Before I answer, I […]


One Thing To Tell – Ruben & Matt and The Truffle Valley Boys

| June 12, 2015 | 0 Comments

This review is a contribution from Ivor Trueman. Italy’s Ruben & Matt and The Truffle Valley Boys, play 1950’s style bluegrass, and they pretty much replicate the original bluegrass ‘sound’ and ‘look’ perfectly. On stage they perform in hats and ties, sharply dressed in baggy trousers and […]


Henhouse Prowlers do Zambia

| May 29, 2015 | 0 Comments

Henhouse Prowlers have returned to Africa on another cultural exchange mission for the US government. This report of their time in Zambia comes from guitarist Star Moss. Day 1 For those just tuning in: the Henhouse Prowlers are on our second American Music Abroad (AMA) trip to Africa. […]