Category: Miscellaneous bluegrass news

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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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, […]


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) […]