Category: Miscellaneous bluegrass news

The Dan Project – around the world with a 5 string

| March 31, 2014 | 0 Comments

Retirement can be a confounding concept for those of a certain age. Some, fraught with uncertainty as the life change draws near, are apprehensive or even a bit disconcerted by the prospect. Others run towards it with wild abandon, and others still push the very idea […]


Bluegrass evolution viewed from afar

| March 31, 2014 | 0 Comments

Our occasional correspondent Tara Linhardt is spending several months again this year in her adopted second homeland of Nepal. She shared these thoughts from afar about the cultural traditions of native Nepalese music, how they are changing in our more interconnected world, and the parallels […]


Spotify acquires Echo Nest

| March 25, 2014 | 0 Comments

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 […]


Bluegrass stars – or fashion plates?

| March 20, 2014 | 0 Comments

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 […]


Cheers! in the bluegrass style

| March 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

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 […]


Rounder opens Nashville offices

| March 13, 2014 | 0 Comments

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 […]


ACMA opens Papa Joe Smiddy exhibit

| March 13, 2014 | 0 Comments

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 […]


Rhonda’s new Bluegrass Express

| March 11, 2014 | 0 Comments

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 […]


Banjos in Baltimore

| March 10, 2014 | 0 Comments

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 […]


Take Me Home Country Roads, new WV state song

| March 7, 2014 | 0 Comments

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 […]