Category: Featured

Wade Mainer – An Appreciation

| September 22, 2011 | 0 Comments

As reported earlier, Wade Mainer, one of traditional music’s most durable practitioners, passed away on September 12 after a short illness. Born on April 21, 1907 in Weaverville, North Carolina, he was one half of the famous Mainer Brothers, with the older J E Mainer […]


Final Farewell from Chris Jones

| September 22, 2011 | 0 Comments

Rebel Records has released a debut single from Lost Souls and Free Spirits, the upcoming compilation “plus” project from Chris Jones & The Night Drivers. The single is Final Farewell, written by Chris and his long-times bassist, Jon Weisberger. It’s one of the three new […]


Sammy Shelor wins Steve Martin prize

| September 11, 2011 | 0 Comments

Lonesome River Band leader Sammy Shelor has been announced as the 2011 recipient of the Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass Music. The award is in recognition of Sammy’s high level of musicianship, and the impact he has had on the development […]


Lil’ John’s Mountain Music Festival

| September 5, 2011 | 0 Comments
Josh Williams at Lil' John's 2011 - photo by Amanda Webb

The first thing you need to know about Lil John’s Mountain Music Festival, in Snow Camp, NC is… direction is key. If you are not familiar with the many turns required to get there you will need to allow some extra time. The second thing […]


Church House Hymns II from David Parmley

| September 1, 2011 | 0 Comments

Less than a year after announcing his return to active performing, David Parmley has a new recording of sacred music to share with his many fans. Church House Hymns, Vol. II was recorded with his road band, Continental Divide, and features 12 Gospel favorites performed […]


The Goat Rodeo Sessions

| August 27, 2011 | 0 Comments

Anytime you learn that Chris Thile is involved with a new project, you can expect it to be fun-filled and unbounded. Seeing Edgar Meyer and Stuart Duncan in the lineup suggests an interesting push/pull between the bluegrass, classical and new acoustic genres. And finding the […]


2011 IBMA nominations coverage

| August 18, 2011 | 0 Comments

The Bluegrass Blog provided extensive coverage yesterday of the August 17 press conference announcing nominations for the 2011 IBMA Awards. If you want to see and read it all, just follow these handy links: Complete list of nominees Press conference report Photos from the press […]


Blaine Sprouse remembers Kenny Baker

| August 11, 2011 | 0 Comments

This tender recollection of fiddle great Kenny Baker is a contribution from Blaine Sprouse, himself a noted fiddler with wide experience in the bluegrass world. When I was about eight years old, I had been playing guitar for a couple of years, and was even […]


Memories of Tony Pass

| August 4, 2011 | 0 Comments

This remembrance of Tony Pass is a contribution from David E. Schenkman, proprietor of Turtle Hill Banjo Co., and one of Tony’s dear friends in the banjo community. Last Tuesday (7/26) Linda Pass called to give me the sad news that her husband, Tony, had […]


Charlie Cushman leaves Flamekeeper

| July 26, 2011 | 0 Comments

Charlie Cushman has left his position playing banjo with Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper to refocus attention on his banjo set up business, and stay a little closer to home. His last show with the band was this past Thursday. In a conversation with Charlie this […]