Category: Bluegrass At Large

Bankesters suffer first casualty of IBMA

| September 29, 2016 | 0 Comments

The Bankesters came to World of Bluegrass 2016 to spread the word about their upcoming Nightbird album on Compass Records, and do some networking within the industry. Everything was going swimmingly until this morning, when Phil headed out to the hotel parking lot to hop in […]


Bluegrass Grammy Safe, For Now

| September 27, 2016 | 0 Comments

The Grammy Award for bluegrass will continue for a few more years, attendees at IBMA’s World of Bluegrass were told Tuesday in Raleigh, where some high profile industry representatives launched an education campaign to ensure the category continues for many more years beyond that. Only […]


G7 Heritage Series Capo

| September 27, 2016 | 0 Comments

It’s not terribly uncommon for companies to release new products or gadgets at trade shows and conventions. Such is the case with at least one company participating in the IBMA World of Bluegrass festivities this week in Raleigh, North Carolina. The good people at G7th capos […]


Wayne Taylor To Be Inducted Into The Virginia Country Music Hall Of Fame

| September 27, 2016 | 0 Comments

Congratulations to Blue Highway’s Wayne Taylor, who is set to be conducted into the Virginia Country Music Hall of Fame next week! He will be among prestigious company, as the Hall of Fame includes such luminaries as Patsy Cline, Mother Maybelle Carter, and Dr. Ralph […]


ETSU hosting Alumni & Friends reception at WOB

| September 21, 2016 | 0 Comments

The Bluegrass, Old Time, and Country Music Studies program at East Tennessee State University is hosting a reception next Wednesday afternoon during the World of Bluegrass convention for Alumni and friends. It will be held from 5:00-6:30 p.m. in Room 306A at the Raleigh Convention Center. […]


Navy Band still hunting a banjo picker

| September 20, 2016 | 0 Comments

We heard again this week from our friends with US Navy Band Country Current, saying that they are still on the hunt for a banjo player to join their group. The position also requires that the successful applicant double on rhythm guitar and harmony vocals, […]


Honorary Doctorate for Steve Gulley

| September 19, 2016 | 0 Comments

Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, TN has announced that they will be awarding an Honorary Doctorate of Music to Steve Gulley at their Fall 2016 Commencement on December 10. This is the same institution that awarded Ralph Stanley his first honorary doctorate in 1976, and […]


Davis Banjo introduces Don Reno model

| September 16, 2016 | 0 Comments

Davis Banjo in Harrisburg NC has introduced a new signature banjo for Don Wayne Reno, based on his father Don’s iconic prewar RB-75, affectionately known as Nellie. Called their Don Reno model, this new banjo is designed as an exact replica of Nellie, which has quite […]


Congratulations Matt and Lauren

| September 6, 2016 | 0 Comments

Matt Wright, bass player with The Larry Stephenson Band, was married this past Saturday to Lauren Pilat in a lovely outdoor ceremony in Maggie Valley, NC. The service included a song written by Kevin Richardson, Matt’s close friend and fellow Stephenson bandmate, which was composed especially for the […]


Levi Austin to Airplay Direct

| September 1, 2016 | 0 Comments

Levi Austin, banjo player with Nu-Blu this past ten years, has left the band, moved to Nashville, and accepted the position of Director of Special Projects with Airplay Direct. Owned and managed by Lynda and Robert Weingartz, Airplay Direct offers artists and labels an efficient and […]