Category: Miscellaneous bluegrass news

John Hickman hospitalized

| July 2, 2015 | 0 Comments
John Hickman

When it rains, it pours… We posted last month about the fundraising appeal for banjo legend John Hickman and his wife Susie, hoping to raise money to fix his roof and make a number of needed structural repairs on their house. The great news is […]


Noam Pikelny joins Martin banjo prize board

| July 2, 2015 | 0 Comments

Steve Martin has announced that Noam Pikelny, current banjoist with Punch Brothers, has joined the Board which selects the recipients of the Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass Music. Noam had been the inaugural prize winner in 2010. Martin founded this award […]


What’s up with Tony Rice?

| June 29, 2015 | 0 Comments

In bluegrass music circles, no question is asked more consistently that some variation of, “What’s going on with Tony Rice?” Followers of his music reacted with immediate generosity in 2013 when an appeal went out for financial support when he was unable to perform, and reaction […]


McCabe’s tapes to be housed at UNC Chapel Hill

| June 26, 2015 | 0 Comments

Great news for lovers of live music recordings. More than 40 years of live concerts recorded at McCabe’s Guitar Shop in Santa Monica, CA have been donated to the Southern Folklife Collection at the UNC Chapel Hill library. Open since 1958, McCabe’s has always been what […]


GoFundMe campaign for Blake Johnson

| June 25, 2015 | 0 Comments

Blake Johnson, the talented bass player and vocalist for Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out, has been having a rough time of late. Health challenges are always disruptive and unpleasant, but we don’t often expect to see them visited on healthy young people. We have written […]


Congratulations Jerry and Erin Salley!

| June 24, 2015 | 0 Comments

On June 20, Nashville country and bluegrass singer, songwriter and producer, Jerry Salley, was married to Erin Searcy at The Grand Inheritance in Gallatin, TN. Jerry tells us that he met Erin at the songwriter festival Blast on the Bay in Port St Joe, FL. When they […]


On This Day #42 – IBMA

| June 24, 2015 | 0 Comments

On this Day …. On Monday June 24, 1985, a group of interested individuals gathered in the board-room of BMI’s Nashville headquarters for two days of discussion to explore the possibilities of forming a trade organisation in support of bluegrass music. Initiated by Lance LeRoy, […]


New leadership at Gruhn Guitars

| June 23, 2015 | 0 Comments

Gruhn Guitars in Nashville, among the most iconic guitar shops ever to function in the United States, has announced the promotion of Eric C. Newell to company President and General Manager. He will assume overall administration and day-to-day management duties from company founder and namesake, George Gruhn, who […]


Blue Ridge Music Hall of Fame 2015

| June 22, 2015 | 0 Comments
Terry Baucom with Janis Lewis Phillips at the 2015 Blue Ridge Music Hall of Fame presentation - photo by Cindy Baucom

This past Saturday, June 20, The Blue Ridge Music Hall of Fame honored its 2015 class of inductees at the Stone Center for the Performing Arts in North Wilkesboro, NC. They are housed in the Wilkes County Heritage Museum, an historic building there in town. […]


A Reminder – Mandolin record attempt at Galax

| June 19, 2015 | 0 Comments

Our friend (and occasional correspondent) Tara Linhardt has asked us to remind everyone about the Guinness World Record attempt for Largest Mandolin Ensemble, set to be held during the Old Fiddlers Convention in Galax, VA in August. Regular readers may recall that Tara organized an […]