Category: Bluegrass At Large

Julyan Davis – Murder ballads immortalized on canvas

| February 16, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Songs of peril and danger have always had a prominent place in bluegrass music. An inextricable part of nearly every folk culture, this sort of song would be passed down over generations to warn listeners about bad men, unfaithful women, strangers bearing ill will, and other […]

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Music for the Fight – free lessons for veterans

| February 11, 2015 | 0 Comments
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We’ve all heard the sad stories of US military men and women who take their own lives after fighting overseas, while struggling with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Suicide is always a tragedy, but when it comes after a service member has been deployed in […]

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Adam Steffey elbow update

| February 10, 2015 | 0 Comments
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We heard today from Boxcars mandolinist Adam Steffey with an update following his elbow surgery last week. Fortunately, it seems that the surgery went well to repair an irritated ulnar nerve that was causing pain in the ring and little fingers of his left hand. […]

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What will it take to put you in Blue Highway’s van today?

| February 10, 2015 | 0 Comments
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It would be the ultimate novelty item for a fan, the definitive bluegrass conversation piece, or just a bit of reliable group transportation for a school or church. Blue Highway is selling their ’99 Dodge RAM35000 15-passenger van that they have used on the road since 2002. […]

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John Cowan suffers heart attack

| February 8, 2015 | 0 Comments
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We have learned that John Cowan suffered a heart attack earlier in the week, and is recuperating at home in Nashville. He has cancelled his scheduled performance in Chattanooga tonight, following a serious bout of weakness and shortness of breath on stage in Kentucky last night. […]

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Junior Sisk having spinal surgery

| February 6, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Junior Sisk is scheduled for spinal cord surgery next Thursday (2/12). He has been diagnosed as having a bulging disc in his neck, which has been causing him pain and restricted mobility in his right hand. That’s a big problem for a bluegrass picker! He […]

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Rhonda and the Hag – meant to be

| February 6, 2015 | 0 Comments
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This bluegrass story of coincidence and kismet comes from the Queen of Bluegrass herself, Rhonda Vincent, about how she came to finally meet one of her idols, the great Merle Haggard. On Tuesday, January 27, 2015, Rhonda Vincent & The Rage performed two sold out […]

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Now it’s official – there’s a poster!

| February 2, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Tara Linhardt and her band of merry mandolinists are dead set on wresting the record for the largest mandolin ensemble back from the Creteians, and they will do it at the 2015 Old Fiddlers Convention in Galax, VA at 2:00 p.m. Tara’s team took the […]

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How quickly can you turn a banjo into an electric?

| January 29, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Tom Nechville, of Nechville Musical Products, has created a DIY video showing how easily any Nechville tone ring banjo can be quickly converted into a solid body electric using the Nechville Turbo Module. Nechville is fond of this sort of jet-age phraseology, calling his radical […]

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Adam Steffey going under the knife

| January 28, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Just like the instruments they play, sometimes bluegrass musicians themselves need a bit of a tune up. Mandolin master Adam Steffey will be headed in soon to try to fix a pesky irritated nerve that has been bothering him recently. According to Steffey, he had […]

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