Category: Miscellaneous bluegrass news

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) […]


Tim Surrett hospitalized for testing

| August 17, 2016 | 0 Comments

Tim Surrett, bass player with popular North Carolina band Balsam Range, and Chairman of the Board of Directors for the International Bluegrass Music Association, has been hospitalized near his home in western North Carolina. He was taken to the emergency room after complaining of lightheadedness yesterday, […]


Congratulations Nick and Maegan!

| August 15, 2016 | 0 Comments

Nick Dauphinais, guitarist with Mountain Faith, and Maegan Michaud were married in Enfield, NH on Saturday (August 13). The ceremony was followed by a reception at the Enfield Shaker Museum. From all accounts it was a beautiful service, which Maegan reports even included thunder popping up at […]


Earthworks making waves in bluegrass

| August 12, 2016 | 0 Comments

For a great many musicians and studio folks, Earthworks microphones are known primarily for their reference and choral applications. Recognized for their remarkable sonic accuracy and lack of tonal colorization, these somewhat odd-looking microphones, with their long cylindrical shape and small, elongated elements, have more recently […]