Category: Bluegrass At Large

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 […]


Monroeville promoting Clyde Moody’s legacy

| June 27, 2014 | 0 Comments

If you followed our video interviews during the 2013 World of Bluegrass in Raleigh, you may recall one we did with Connie Matthews, who is the nephew of the great Clyde Moody. Connie had recovered one of Clyde’s old guitars, his last in fact, and […]


Congress Gets An Earful on Royalties

| June 26, 2014 | 1 Comment

Talented performers are leaving the music business because U.S. copyright provisions don’t allow them to make an adequate living, country music artist Rosanne Cash told a House Judiciary Committee panel Wednesday in Washington. Cash was one of a handful of music industry professionals testifying about […]


Sammy Shelor with Zac Brown Band

| June 25, 2014 | 2 Comments

This past Sunday (June 22), Sammy Shelor performed with the Zac Brown Band in Bristow, VA. Brown and his eclectic country band have been known to favor bluegrass music and acoustic artists, and his former bass player and current guitarist, John Driskell Hopkins, has a […]