Category: Miscellaneous bluegrass news

Jason Burleson hospitalized in France

| July 26, 2014 | 1 Comment

While starting Blue Highway’s tour in France this weekend, banjo picker Jason Burleson has taken ill and is currently hospitalized. At this point, no further details are available, other than that Jason is stabilizing. We will report with more information as it is available. Bounce back […]


Bill Jenkins to be honored by Virginia Musical Museum

| July 24, 2014 | 0 Comments

The Virginia Musical Museum in Williamsburg is set to induct bluegrass and traditional music artist Bill Jenkins into their Hall of Fame this year. A ceremony is scheduled for August 9 at the American Theatre in Hampton, VA. Bill will be recognized for this honor, followed […]


Another honor for Dr. Ralph

| July 24, 2014 | 0 Comments

Ralph Stanley has picked up another honor to go with his many others. On top of a pair of honorary doctorates, including one this Spring from Yale University, and honors from the National Endowment for the Arts, Dr. Ralph can now add a fellowship with […]


Band Aid video contest goes bluegrass

| July 21, 2014 | 0 Comments

When you scrape a knee or cut your finger, do you think bluegrass? Well that’s what Mary Eddy of Parkersburg, WV did when she learned that Band Aid was running a video contest. She grabbed up her bluegrass picking songs, Jake and Carter, and following […]


Jesse McReynolds 85th Birthday Roast

| July 21, 2014 | 0 Comments

To celebrate Jesse McReynolds’ 85th birthday earlier this month, family, friends and neighbors of the bluegrass mandolin legend got together at Jesse’s home outside of Nashville for a birthday tribute in the form of a celebrity roast. Popular radio host Harv Mason served as the roastmaster, with stories […]


Preddyfest promoter injured in shooting

| July 14, 2014 | 0 Comments

Rodney Preddy, who has managed and promoted PreddyFest this past 16 years in Franklinton, NC, was seriously injured in the early hours of this morning. While returning home from Roxboro, NC last night, he was struck in the eye by a bullet fired from outside […]


Huss and Dalton raffle guitar for James Alan Shelton 

| July 14, 2014 | 1 Comment

In late April James Alan Shelton, the much loved lead guitar player for Ralph Stanley, was diagnosed as having multiple stage 4 cancers. Barely a month later he had very sadly passed away, the cancers too far advanced for him to receive any meaningful treatment. […]


Services for John Hutchinson

| July 13, 2014 | 0 Comments

For the friends of John Hutchinson, the recently-deceased promoter of the Central Virginia Family Bluegrass Festival in Amelia, VA, here are details about funeral arrangements. Services will be held at the Amelia Family Campground, a familiar spot for the many people who have attended festivals […]


Good ole Rocky Top

| July 7, 2014 | 1 Comment

Since 1967, bluegrass fans have longed to visit Rocky Top, TN. And now they can. On June 26, the town of Lake City in East Tennessee officially changed their name to Rocky Top. They celebrated their first July 4 with the new name last week, after […]


Don Wayne Reno on the Adcocks

| July 7, 2014 | 0 Comments

We received a note over the weekend from Don Wayne Reno, son of banjo legend Don Reno, and a fine five string stylist in his own right. He wanted to share a few words in response to our piece last month on the financial struggles […]