Category: Bluegrass At Large

Headless banjo design from Jody King

| April 15, 2015 | 0 Comments

Folks in south central Virginia have known Jody King for years, both as a first rate musician on banjo, mandolin, and guitar, and as an inveterate tinkerer, prone to experiment with instrument design, especially on the five string. He’s a fixture at local shows and […]


Mike Long suffers a stroke

| April 14, 2015 | 0 Comments

We have learned that noted Nashville guitar builder and luthier Mike Long has suffered a stroke. It occurred last Thursday and, for the time being, he is unable to speak and is experiencing difficulty swallowing. He had just returned home from the hospital yesterday, but […]


Union House Records launches

| April 10, 2015 | 0 Comments

Union House Records has begun operation, being the latest such venture created to focus on bluegrass music. It’s structured as a sort of artist and writer’s collective, owned and managed jointly by Mike Bentley, Jeff Brown, Shannon Slaughter, and Dale Felts. The label will release albums for […]


Welcome Annabelle Smith

| April 9, 2015 | 0 Comments

This looks like a big week for bluegrass babies! Kenny and Amanda Smith are also celebrating a birth, that of their first child, Annabelle Blake. Guitar players will grasp the significance of her middle name right away. She was born last night (4/8) at 10:43 p.m. (CDT), […]


Ben Kaufmann in the hospital

| April 9, 2015 | 0 Comments

Ben Kaufmann, bassist and vocalist with Yonder Mountain String Band, has been hospitalized in Boulder, CO experiencing severe kidney pain. Doctors have diagnosed a dissection of his renal artery, and a procedure is scheduled for today to reinflate the artery and install a stent to keep things […]


Welcome Lyla Grebe!

| April 8, 2015 | 0 Comments

Congratulations to Todd Grebe and Angela Oudean Grebe on the birth of their first child. Lyla Louise Grebe was born in Anchorage, AK on Saturday, April 4, at 12:10 a.m. She weighed in at 8 lbs, 8 ozs, and stretched out to 22”. As you […]


Another award for Niall Toner

| April 6, 2015 | 0 Comments

Irish bluegrass singer and songwriter Niall Toner has accepted yet another award for his music. He was named Songwriter Of The Year for 2015 at the Leinster Entertainment Awards Show, held at the Kilashee House Hotel, near Naas, in County Kildare. Toner performed on the show with his band, […]


Drs. Gibson, I presume

| April 3, 2015 | 0 Comments

It looks like we will soon have to address Leigh and Eric Gibson as Doctor, as they are both being awarded an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree from the State University of New York. They had already received bachelors degrees from SUNY Plattsburgh the […]


Concord Music Group acquires Sugar Hill Records

| April 1, 2015 | 0 Comments

Concord Music Group, a Beverly Hills-based music publishing and record label conglomerate, has acquired Sugar Hill Records and Vanguard Records from the Welk Music Group. Plans are for Sugar Hill to move into the Nashville offices of Rounder Records, another Concord property, under the direction of […]


Aubrey Holt back home

| April 1, 2015 | 0 Comments

Bluegrass legend Aubrey Holt is back home after a brief hospitalization to treat his congestive heart failure. He was kept in the hospital longer than expected, owing to the large amount of fluid that had built up around his heart, and how slowly it was […]