Category: Miscellaneous bluegrass news

Spotify acquires Echo Nest

| March 25, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Spotify, the music streaming service beloved by fans and despised by artists and labels, has acquired Echo Nest, the technology company that powers their service. Music consumers find great value in Spotify, which can quickly build online playlists based on an artist, style or user […]

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Bluegrass stars – or fashion plates?

| March 20, 2014 | 0 Comments
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In further evidence that bluegrass is developing more of a cool factor, Belk department store chose Steep Canyon Rangers for a two-page spread in the Raleigh, NC newspaper this past Sunday. The guys were modeling attire from famous designers offered at Belk, and looking quite […]

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Cheers! in the bluegrass style

| March 17, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Today is St. Patrick’s Day, and whether you prefer a green beer or a Shamrock Shake (like myself), you have to appreciate some good drinking songs on one of the year’s biggest days for alcohol consumption. Because the number of bluegrass drinking songs is higher […]

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Rounder opens Nashville offices

| March 13, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Rounder Records has completed its move to Nashville, as was first announced last Fall. Their facility in Burlington, MA has now been closed, though founding partners Ken Irwin, Bill Nowlin and Marian Leighton Levy will continue to work from their homes in the Boston area. Also […]

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ACMA opens Papa Joe Smiddy exhibit

| March 13, 2014 | 0 Comments
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The Appalachian Cultural Music Association, located on the border between the cities of Bristol in Tennessee and Virginia, has prepared a new exhibit for its Mountain Music Museum to honor a regional music and education celebrity. Papa Joe Smiddy, now 93 years old, is a […]

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Rhonda’s new Bluegrass Express

| March 11, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Rhonda Vincent has unveiled the latest iteration of the Bluegrass Express, her tour bus which also serves as a rolling billboard for both her and Martha White. Actually, it’s not really a new bus, but a new graphic wrap, celebrating the renewal of Rhonda’s sponsorship […]

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Banjos in Baltimore

| March 10, 2014 | 0 Comments
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On several occasions we’ve covered the history of bluegrass in Baltimore, MD. Prominent artists have lived and plied their trade there, from Earl Taylor and Walter Hensley through Del McCoury and Mike Munford, the reigning IBMA banjo player of the year. Looking even further back, The […]

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Take Me Home Country Roads, new WV state song

| March 7, 2014 | 0 Comments
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A resolution to make John Denver’s Take Me Home Country Roads an official state song comes before the West Virginia legislature today. It is already the official song of West Virginia University, and today’s resolution is expected to pass. To celebrate, Compass Records and Special […]

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Rhonda remembers the ’80s

| March 7, 2014 | 1 Comment
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We found this classic photo on Rhonda Vincent’s message board, a shot of her with Suzanne Cox and Alison Krauss which, judging from the hair, was taken in the late 1980s. Can you believe that look went out of fashion? Rhonda recalls the time when […]

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Hey Brother takes Tyminski to EDM charts

| February 27, 2014 | 1 Comment
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Last March, Dan Tyminski found himself in a place he never thought he would be—near the water in Miami with thousands and thousands of fans of electronic music jammed into Bayfront Park. Tyminski may have the most recognizable male bluegrass voice on the planet today, […]

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