Category: Miscellaneous bluegrass news

East Tennessee wildfire relief

| December 1, 2016 | 0 Comments

We’ve received a number of questions and suggestions about relief efforts for the many residents of East Tennessee who have been burned out, or lost their employment because of the recent wildfires near Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg. A good many of the people affected are […]


Reflections on the destructive wildfires in East Tennessee

| November 30, 2016 | 0 Comments

As I sit down to write tonight, there is a lit candle putting off a beautiful warm glow, with a slight fragrance of fir. I pack my pipe, and light it, and the smoke begins to fill my office. Then, I realize something. These things […]


Pigeon Forge fire takes Hatfield Music

| November 29, 2016 | 0 Comments

Folks in east Tennessee have been watching closely this past few days as wildfires crept ever closer to Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, both major tourist destinations south of Knoxville. Last night, both cities were evacuated by local authorities as the fires quickly moved into town, […]


Thanksgiving turns deadly for bluegrass student in Raleigh

| November 28, 2016 | 0 Comments

Without fail, the worst part of our job here at Bluegrass Today entails sharing tragic news that befalls our bluegrass community. Such is this story from Thanksgiving Day. Hiroshi Arakawa, a Japanese student here in the states to study both English and bluegrass music, was involved […]


Welcome Aden Livers

| November 21, 2016 | 0 Comments

We had another bluegrass baby bounce into the world last week. Nathan Livers, mandolinist with Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper, and his wife Steffani, welcomed their first son on November 17. Aden William Livers was born last Thursday at 10:20 p.m. He came in at 8 lbs, 9.6 […]


Welcome Camdyn Sparks

| November 18, 2016 | 0 Comments

Congratulations go out today to Duane Sparks, guitarist and vocalist with Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers, and MaKole Schaar who are celebrating the birth of a daughter yesterday. Camdyn Jean Sparks came in at 6 lbs, 6.5 oz, stretching out to 18 inches in length. She […]


GoFundMe page for Darrell Webb Band

| November 17, 2016 | 0 Comments

A GoFundMe page has been established to benefit the Darrell Webb Band who were in a serious auto accident last week on their way to a number of shows in Florida. Their travel van was damaged beyond repair, and reso-guitarist Tyler Collins suffered a back injury […]


Lynwood Lunsford honored in Danville

| November 17, 2016 | 0 Comments

This past Saturday, during the 9th Annual Bright Leaf Brew Fest in Danville, VA, bluegrass veteran Lynwood Lunsford was recognized for his lifetime commitment to our music. Each year, someone from this area of south central Virginia is feted during the festival. Last year’s included a tribute […]


Welcome Mark Stoffel to the USA!

| November 9, 2016 | 0 Comments

This post is a contribution from Mark Stoffel, mandolinist with Chris Jones & the Night Drivers. It was written following his naturalization as an American citizen last week. As we look past this year’s extremely divisive election, it may do us all good to ponder […]


Mike Conner back among the living

| November 7, 2016 | 0 Comments

Mike Conner, bass player with the Country Gentlemen Tribute Band, is scheduled to be released from the hospital today in Knoxville after a long week flirting with disaster. Conner suffered a ventricle fibrillation on Saturday, October 30, causing his heart to stop for several minutes until […]