Category: Events

2015 Scott Street Five String Finals

| October 13, 2015 | 0 Comments

Virginia was a busy place for bluegrass pickers this past weekend. In addition to the Virginia Bluegrass Band Championship in Chesterfield, the first annual Scott Street Five String Finals were held during the Richmond Folk Festival. This new competition is especially for younger banjo players, held in memory […]


Greetings from Prague, Czech Republic

| October 7, 2015 | 0 Comments

You may be used to this being my weekly humor column, unless you were one of the handful that missed that memo and thought this was deadly serious stuff I’ve been putting out every Wednesday (you have my sympathy, in that case). For the next […]


Bill Keith Banjo Summit videos from Grey Fox

| October 2, 2015 | 0 Comments

Video is now available from the all-star Bill Keith banjo style summit held at this year’s Grey Fox festival back in July. In light of Bill’s induction into the Bluegrass Hall of Fame last night, here are the two videos shot by Fred Robbins and […]


Bluegrass Hurricane on the Way to Raleigh

| October 1, 2015 | 0 Comments

Take a mighty wind, lots of rain, dozens of bands and vendors and tens of thousands of music lovers in Raleigh for IBMA’s World of Bluegrass. What do you get? A really big bluegrass tent, a huge party and, perhaps, the largest indoor bluegrass event […]


Saturday at Nothin’ Fancy 2015

| September 28, 2015 | 0 Comments

A rainy Saturday did not dampen the enthusiasm for the crowd at the 15th Nothin’ Fancy Festival. Local band, The Virginia Ramblers, opened the show with a mix of traditional and Gospel favorites. Junior Sisk and Ramblers Choice filled in for the Moron Brothers who […]


International Bluegrass at Tir Na Nog

| September 28, 2015 | 0 Comments

Occasionally, International Bluegrass has been a touchy subject with complaints that organizations like the IBMA have not paid sufficient attention to the requirements of those outside the borders of the USA. But to me, the international bluegrass music community has, for the most part, seemed fully inclusive. […]


Friday at Nothin’ Fancy 2015

| September 27, 2015 | 0 Comments

Friday at the Nothin’ Fancy Festival was ushered in with the traditional mountain music sounds of the Bluegrass Mountaineers from Akron, Ohio. Volume Five is rapidly becoming a favorite on the festival circuit. They provide an excellent combination of traditional bluegrass and classic country music. […]


Thursday at Nothin’ Fancy 2015

| September 25, 2015 | 0 Comments

Thursday at the 15th Nothin’ Fancy Bluegrass Festival opened with the wonderful sibling harmony of Flatt Lonesome. Bluegrass Today columnist, Chris Jones, brought the Night Drivers to the stage next. Virginia native, Larry Stephenson, is always a favorite at the festival. The Spinney Brothers are […]


Cherryholmes & Friends – The Show Must Go On!

| September 25, 2015 | 0 Comments

After the unfortunate announcement yesterday that the Bluegrass Island Festival in Manteo, NC would be canceled for the rest of the weekend, the Cherryholmes had a decision to make. Many fans were anxiously awaiting one of the family’s few reunion shows since they disbanded in 2011, […]


Bluegrass championships at the Sydney Country Music Festival

| September 25, 2015 | 0 Comments

Attention young bluegrass pickers in New South Wales and Australia proper. The 2015 Sydney Country Music Festival will host Australia’s National Bluegrass Championships, October 31 and November 1. The festival, which is primarily a celebration of Australia’s burgeoning country music scene, will also feature a bluegrass […]