Thanks to newly-acquired genetic information, I’ve discovered that I have Bavarian roots. Mark Stoffel, the Night Drivers’ mandolin player, who is half Bavarian, tells me he is half-pleased to hear this. In addition to being known for their outstanding pretzel and car-making ability, Bavarians are […]
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.
“Good evening, music lovers!” effused Sam Bush, to a packed-out barn of bluegrass fans and industry folks who’d gathered at the Loveless Barn just outside Nashville last night (August 14) for a special edition of Music City Roots, the weekly radio show that celebrates the […]
“There’ll be guitars and fiddles, Earl Scruggs and his banjo too Bill Monroe singin’ out them ol’ Kentucky Blues Ernest Tubb’s number Two Wrongs Don’t Make a Right At the Grand Ole Opry ev’ry Saturday night” Grand Ole Opry Song, Jimmy Martin It’s an appearance […]
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 […]