Category: Bluegrass At Large

Ernie Thacker hospitalized again

| August 25, 2016 | 0 Comments

We have just learned that Ernie Thacker has been hospitalized again, and that he may be admitted for several weeks with additional surgeries scheduled while he’s there. After joining up with Ralph Stanley at 16 years of age, and spending five years as a Clinch Mountain Boy, […]


Rob and Trey back across the pond

| August 25, 2016 | 0 Comments

Rob Ickes and Trey Hensley are enjoying a very warm reception for their new album, The Country Blues. The mix of bluegrass, Americana, and alt-country is winning fans and generating radio play in all three genres, and getting them all sorts of notice in the […]


Tim Surrett recovering at home

| August 22, 2016 | 0 Comments

Tim Surret, bass player with Balsam Range and IBMA Board Chair, was released from the hospital on Friday afternoon after spending two days in for observation and testing. The band worked a man down this past weekend, giving Tim some time to get his sea […]


Congratulations Richard and Kiki!

| August 19, 2016 | 0 Comments

It’s definitely bluegrass wedding season! On August 8, Kristýna Otáhalová and Richard Cifersky were married in a beautiful mansion garden in Velky Tynec, Czech Republic. Richard is currently the banjo player with Dale Ann Bradley, and has only recently come to America on a work visa. Kristen (Kiki) […]


Tim Surrett hospitalized for testing

| August 17, 2016 | 0 Comments

Tim Surrett, bass player with popular North Carolina band Balsam Range, and Chairman of the Board of Directors for the International Bluegrass Music Association, has been hospitalized near his home in western North Carolina. He was taken to the emergency room after complaining of lightheadedness yesterday, […]


Congratulations Nick and Maegan!

| August 15, 2016 | 0 Comments

Nick Dauphinais, guitarist with Mountain Faith, and Maegan Michaud were married in Enfield, NH on Saturday (August 13). The ceremony was followed by a reception at the Enfield Shaker Museum. From all accounts it was a beautiful service, which Maegan reports even included thunder popping up at […]


Earthworks making waves in bluegrass

| August 12, 2016 | 0 Comments

For a great many musicians and studio folks, Earthworks microphones are known primarily for their reference and choral applications. Recognized for their remarkable sonic accuracy and lack of tonal colorization, these somewhat odd-looking microphones, with their long cylindrical shape and small, elongated elements, have more recently […]


Dove Award nominees announced

| August 11, 2016 | 0 Comments

Yesterday (8/10) The Gospel Music Association announced their nominees for the 2016 Dove Awards. The awards will be distributed on October 11 in Nashville’s Allen Arena. As always, they have a category for bluegrass Gospel music, and the 2016 nominees for Bluegrass Recorded Song of […]


Chestnut Creek School of the Arts hosting Galax events

| August 9, 2016 | 0 Comments

With thousands of old time and bluegrass enthusiasts converging this week for the Old Fiddler’s Convention in Galax, VA, the city’s Chestnut Creek School of the Arts has scheduled a week’s worth of activities related to the festival in its two Galax facilities. Located a short walk […]


Moonstruck Management and Hope River Entertainment join forces

| August 9, 2016 | 0 Comments

Two powerful forces behind the scenes in bluegrass music have today announced that they will henceforth be working together. Moonstruck Management and Hope River Entertainment will merge the two companies under the Moonstruck banner. Penni McDaniel has run Hope River as a publicity company this […]