Category: Miscellaneous bluegrass news

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 […]


America-grass! – Your Essential 4th of July Playlist

| July 4, 2014 | 0 Comments

Happy Birthday America! 238 years ago, our founding fathers declared our independence from Great Britain and gave birth to a new nation. The land of the free and the home of the brave proved that a nation for the people and by the people could […]


Jeff Brown is a Kentucky Colonel

| July 1, 2014 | 0 Comments

Traditional singer and bandleader Jeff Brown has been awarded an honor especially cherished by bluegrassers. Steven L. Beshear, Governor of the Commonwealth of Kentucky, has inducted Brown as an official Kentucky Colonel, an honorary status with a history dating back to the War of 1812. Originally, […]


Phil Leadbetter ready for round two

| June 30, 2014 | 2 Comments

Within the close-knit community of bluegrass musicians, there are few figures as widely beloved as Phil Leadbetter. This prominent reso-guitarist has worked at the top levels of our music, touring with J.D. Crowe while also handling his booking arrangements for many years, and being involved […]


James King Get Well Fund

| June 30, 2014 | 0 Comments

Friends and fans of James King know he’s been battling some serious health issues this summer, undergoing surgery, spending time in hospital, and now trying to recover and regain his strength to get back out on the road. And of course, folks have been lining […]