Author Archive: Guest Contributor

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

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Green Hayes passes

| April 28, 2016 | 0 Comments

This lovely remembrance of Green Hayes, a stalwart of the Cincinnati bluegrass scene for more than 60 years, was shared by his family. Green is the father of Rick Hayes, former mandolinist with The Gibson Brothers, builder of fine mandolins and guitars, co-owner (with Clay Hess) […]


More from Mile Twelve in Ireland

| April 26, 2016 | 0 Comments

Here’s the second report from Boston’s Mile Twelve as they travel through Ireland sharing their contemporary bluegrass sound. The band is Evan Murphy on guitar, Nate Sabat on bass, BB Bowness on banjo, and Bronwyn Keith‐Hynes on fiddle. We’re reaching the halfway point in our Irish tour, […]


More from RenoFest 2016

| April 1, 2016 | 0 Comments

Here are some images from last week’s RenoFest 2016 in Hartsville, SC, courtesy of Mike Lane with


Nate Snipe talks Blue Ox Music Festival

| March 25, 2016 | 0 Comments

This reflection on the sense of community we all enjoy at bluegrass festivals is a contribution from Nate Sipe, mandolinist with Pert Near Sandstone. He also looks at how hosting and co-curating the lineup at the Blue Ox Music Festival in Eau Claire, WI has […]


I have to finish this song – a story of a daughter’s love

| March 25, 2016 | 0 Comments

This story by Christina Hobert and Anna Nichols was originally published March 17, 2016 in The Trailblazer, the official student newspaper of Morehead State University in Kentucky. They have graciously consented to having it reprinted here. Thanks to Raymond McLain, Director of the Kentucky Center for Traditional […]


Cleo Lemons legacy lives on in Sandy Ridge

| March 24, 2016 | 0 Comments

This report on the long-running series of bluegrass shows in Sandy Ridge, NC is a contribution from Jay Adams, banjo player with Rich in Tradition. Jay assumed management of this popular local tradition in 2010 when its founder, Cleo Lemons, turned 90 years of age. […]


Tony Trischka and “The Green Flash Banjo” Illuminate Hilo, Hawaii

| March 21, 2016 | 0 Comments

This review of a recent Tony Trischka concert is a contribution from Jack Tottle. When Tony Trischka steps into the spotlight at the East Hawaii Cultural Center in Hilo, Hawaii, the first thing that grabs the audience is his banjo. The entire length of the fingerboard blazes […]


Cold rain comes to Lake Havasu

| March 16, 2016 | 0 Comments

This report on the 14th annual Bluegrass On The Beach festival in Lake Havasu, AZ is a contribution from David VanGelder. While the blizzards and cold from back East may have risen to more spring-like temperatures, there was still no comparison to the mid-eighties breezes and […]


Report from the first Barcelona Bluegrass Camp

| March 11, 2016 | 0 Comments

We heard this week from noted Spanish banjoist and teacher, Lluis Gómez, with a report on the first bluegrass instruction camp held in Barcelona. More than 70 people met last March 5th in Barcelona for a full day of bluegrass tunes, G-runs, banjo rolls, improvised jams […]


Takeharu Kunimoto – An Appreciation

| February 24, 2016 | 0 Comments

This memorial appreciation is a contribution from Jack Tottle, Associate Professor Emeritus at East Tennessee State University. It is used by permission from Moonshiner magazine (JAPAN), originally published—in Japanese translation—February, 2016. Takeharu Kunimoto was among the most unusual, gifted, energetic and hard-working individuals I’ve encountered during my six […]