Author Archive: Shannon Turner
Shannon W. Turner has spent over twenty years in the Nashville music community, working in TV, print, digital and radio media. She has written for Bluegrass Unlimited, CMT.com, AOL’s The Boot, Fiddler, CMA Close Up and others. She is a 2013 graduate of Leadership Bluegrass.
Born and raised in West Virginia as part of an extended musical family, her passion for music was instilled by her parents exposing her to everything from Elvis and Ray Charles to Earl Scruggs and Loretta Lynn. She dedicates her work to their memories.
MerleFest 2013 is now history, but the music, moments and memories remain to savor. This year’s festival posted aggregate numbers of 76,000 over the four days beginning April 25 and running through the 28th, on the campus of Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro, North Carolina. [...]
Chicago neo-traditional ‘grass band The Henhouse Prowlers has run into some very bad luck indeed. While in Oakland, CA, on Tuesday night, March 26th, the band’s van was broken into and much of their road gear, including instruments, sound equipment and even merchandise was stolen. [...]
Despite his proper status as a bluegrass icon, IBMA Hall of Famer Doyle Lawson is an everyday kind of guy. Taught to work hard for what you earn in life, he has been able to reach the top of the musical echelon in part because [...]
Like the name of his band, Marty Raybon has come Full Circle. From starting out as part of a bluegrass family band with his brothers in the early ‘70s, to riding the wave at the top of country music fame with his group Shenandoah to [...]
Darin and Brooke Aldridge stopped by the Station Inn in Nashville for a performance last night, March 14th, during what was a whirlwind week for the couple, and proceeded to entertain the gathered crowd thoroughly with their easy stage presence and impressive talent. Without the [...]
“Pick Enterprise. We’ll pick you up.” One band found out that the car rental agency was true to its advertising when it found itself in a bind en route to the inaugural Mountain Song at Sea cruise on February 1. Henhouse Prowlers, one of six [...]
Mountain Song at Sea, the largest-ever bluegrass festival to ply the oceans, has sailed into the sunset, but not without leaving its mark on the 2000+ bluegrass lovers and artists who came together aboard Norwegian Cruise Line’s Norwegian Sky February 1-4. It was a weekend [...]
All aboooaaaard! All aboard, and bring your…banjos? About 2000 bluegrass fans, artists and press are taking to the high seas of the Atlantic today, February 1, on Norwegian Cruise Line’s Norwegian Sky, for the maiden voyage of Mountain Song at Sea, the largest bluegrass festival [...]
It was supposed to be a little different; the debut performances of both the much-heralded Masters of Bluegrass and The Rambling Rooks had been scheduled for the night before (1/25) in Bristol, TN, but winter ice storms made the outing too treacherous for the bands [...]