• Benny Birchfield stabbed

    Benny Birchfield and Jean Shepard pose with a friend Benny Birchfield, the singer of the third part in the Osborne Brothers’ band during the late 1950s and early 1960s, and 79-year-old widower of the recently-deceased country music singer Jean Shepard, was

  • Nechville joins in Gatlinburg relief efforts

    Nechville Musical Products is the latest bluegrass-oriented company to lend a hand to the relief efforts following the east Tennessee wildfires last month. The banjo builders were especially struck by the total destruction to the home and business of Pigeon Forge

  • Hiroshi Arakawa injury update

    The international bluegrass world was shocked by the news over Thanksgiving that Hiroshi Arakawa, a Japanese student living in North Carolina while learning to improve his bluegrass skills at East Tennessee State University, was seriously injured in an auto accident

  • Congratulations Jamie and Erin Sparks

    Jamie Sparks, banjo player with The Bluegrass Brothers, was married to Erin Melton on December 10 at the Ruritan Club in Rustburg VA. The young couple had been dating this past two years. After a honeymoon in the Bahamas, they will

  • Welcome Dr Steve Gulley

    As we had mentioned this summer, Steve Gulley was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Music by Lincoln Memorial University this past weekend at their Fall Commencement on December 10. This is the same institution that conferred this distinction on Ralph Stanley

  • Mike Conner to Graham Talent Group

    The Graham Talent Group, based in Russell Springs, KY, has announced that Mike Conner has joined the agency. Mike will assist principal Randy Graham in booking the several groups on their roster, and concentrate on developing new business ventures. He will

  • 2016 Red Wine Bluegrass Party

    This report is a contribution from Martino Coppo, mandolinist and vocalist with Italy's Red Wine. Each year they host a themed show where they live in northern Italy called Red Wine Bluegrass Party, and Martino sends along some photos and a description. The

  • East Tennessee wildfire relief

    We've received a number of questions and suggestions about relief efforts for the many residents of East Tennessee who have been burned out, or lost their employment because of the recent wildfires near Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg. A good many

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