Author Archive: Guest Contributor

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

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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 […]


Marc Pruett – a Carolina treasure

| June 6, 2016 | 0 Comments

This article is a contribution from Cindy Faulkner, a writer and bluegrass fan living near Raleigh, NC.  After Marc Pruett received a North Carolina Heritage Award recently, I had the pleasure of candidly chatting with him about bluegrass, playing the banjo, and some of his experiences […]


Ralph II inherits The Clinch Mountain Boys

| June 2, 2016 | 0 Comments
Ralph Stanley and Ralph Stanley II

This article is a contribution from CJ Lewandowski, mandolinist with the Po’ Ramblin’ Boys, and a proud fan of the Stanley sound. As a young traditionalist, I’ve always had the yearning to make the trip through the Clinch Mountains of Virginia, and across Smith Ridge […]


Sister Sadie launches powerful debut

| June 2, 2016 | 0 Comments

This recent interview with Sister Sadie is a contribution from Nancy Cardwell, long time employee and former Executive Director of the IBMA, and noted bluegrass writer and performer. Although the official release date for the self-titled debut Sister Sadie album from Pinecastle Records isn’t until […]