Category: Miscellaneous bluegrass news

Ken Scoggins suffers heart attack

| October 20, 2014 | 0 Comments

Ken Scoggins, bluegrass singer, songwriter, bandleader and Old Homestead recording artist, suffered a heart attack on Sunday (10/19) after having run a half marathon earlier in the day. He was admitted to the ICU at the Grand Strand Medical center in Myrtle Beach, though it is […]


Thalia Capos coming soon

| October 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

How many times have you thought up an idea for a “better mousetrap,” envisioning a new product or a product enhancement that might find a niche in the marketplace? Perhaps you were out fishing when a design for a better lure popped up… or working in […]


Custom Bourgeois guitar auctioned to benefit Tony Rice

| October 16, 2014 | 0 Comments

We have written many times about the difficulties Tony Rice has experienced of late, particularly the health issues that have made it impossible for him to perform. Owing to advanced arthritis, Tony is no longer able to play the guitar without severe pain, leaving one of […]


Stringbean’s killer paroled in Tennesee

| October 15, 2014 | 0 Comments

Though parole had been consistently denied for 40 years, today John A. Brown, convicted in the 1973 murder of Dave “Stringbean” Akeman and his wife Estelle, was granted parole and is set for release from the Tennessee prison system. His initial sentence had been for 198 […]


Welcome Little Wren Livers

| October 15, 2014 | 0 Comments

Wren Elise Livers, the first child of Nathan Livers, mandolinist with Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper and his wife Steffani, was born in the wee hours of this morning. She came in at 5 lbs 9 ozs, and 20 ” long, born at 1:31 a.m. Everyone is doing well. Welcome to […]


Blake Johnson hopes to be released this week

| October 13, 2014 | 0 Comments

Blake Johnson, bassist and vocalist with Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out, has been hospitalized this past two weeks, suffering from a rare blood infection. But he says that he is feeling much better and is looking forward to being discharged later this week, and […]


Blake Johnson hospitalized

| October 1, 2014 | 0 Comments

Blake Johnson, bass player and harmony singer with IIIrd Tyme Out, is currently hospitalized at Duke University suffering from an unspecified viral illness. Edgar Loudermilk filled in at his previous position this past weekend with the band. At this point it is unknown if Blake will […]


Sir Walter goes banjo crazy!

| September 30, 2014 | 0 Comments

Last night when we arrived in Raleigh, there was a flurry of activity by the statue of Sir Walter Raleigh in front of the Raleigh Convention Center. Bland Hoke and his team from Wyoming were setting up a temporary art installation that is all about banjos. […]


Jeff Brown sez “Name That Bus!”

| September 29, 2014 | 0 Comments

Jeff Brown has purchased a bus to facilitate Still Lonesome’s transportation, and has decided to ask his fans to help him give it a name. They’ve set up a special form online to suggest a name, or you can send one by email. The entry […]


Wayne Blythe – Carter Center banjo

| September 25, 2014 | 0 Comments

So many of the fine people who make contributions to bluegrass do so outside of their primary profession or occupation. For example, next week at the World of Bluegrass convention will be hundreds of folks who are taking time off work to focus on their […]