Author Archive: Guest Contributor

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

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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 […]


2016 NC Heritage Awards

| May 31, 2016 | 0 Comments

This article is a contribution from Cindy Faulkner, a writer and bluegrass fan living near Raleigh, NC. Her more detailed conversation with Marc Pruett will run later this week. The NC Heritage Awards were given to eight recipients on May 25th, by the North Carolina Arts […]


KazCamp 2016 photos from Japan

| May 26, 2016 | 0 Comments

Kaz Inaba sent along this brief report with photos from his annual KazCamp, a premiere annual event for bluegrass fans in Japan. I’d like to report that the 5th annual Kazuhiro Inaba Bluegrass Camp (KazCamp) was held successfully in Minoh, Osaka on May 21 – 22, […]


Radio Ramblers in the Swiss Alps

| May 24, 2016 | 0 Comments

This post is a contribution from popular bluegrass artist and radio man, Joe Mullins. He and The Radio Ramblers are celebrating 10 years together with their very first tour of England and Switzerland this week. Joe has promised to send photos and stories while they are away. […]