Category: Bluegrass print media news

Bluegrass: Funnier Than It Sounds coming soon

| December 1, 2016 | 0 Comments

A few months ago we told you about a book of bluegrass cartoons from Rick Cornish that would soon be available. Rick is a lifetime member of the California Bluegrass Association, a determined bluegrass picker, and an amateur humorist and cartoonist. Well, he’s about to […]


Association for Recorded Sound Collections award to Gary Reid

| November 3, 2016 | 0 Comments

Gary B. Reid has been given the Best Discography award by the Association for Recorded Sound Collections for his 2015 release, The Music of the Stanley Brothers, published by the University of Illinois Press. The award was given in the Association’s Best Historical Research in Recorded Country Music category. […]


Bill Clifton book now available

| November 1, 2016 | 0 Comments

Late in October 1963, bluegrass singer Bill Clifton and his family moved to England for what was planned to be a six to nine month stay. He remained in Europe for four years. During that time, he played in western Europe, particularly Germany, the Netherlands, […]


Join The Jam! from Annie Savage

| September 21, 2016 | 0 Comments

Colorado fiddler and string educator Annie Savage has a new book, Join The Jam, designed to help string musicians become more comfortable in the somewhat daunting jam session environment. It is meant both for the string student and their teachers. In the book, Savage seeks […]


Foggy Mountain Troubadour out today

| May 23, 2016 | 0 Comments

Foggy Mountain Troubadour: The Life and Music of Curly Seckler a much anticipated biography by Penny Parsons is published today, Monday, May 23, 2016. It would be foolhardy to say that John Ray ‘Curly’ Seckler was a side-man; that is forgetting his 25 years as […]


Dwight Diller bio coming this summer

| April 14, 2016 | 0 Comments

McFarland Books has announced a July 22 release date for Dwight Diller: West Virginia Mountain Musician, a biography of the old time music stalwart by Lewis M. Stern. Diller is a true West Virginian, born and raised in a family that are among the oldest […]


Bluegrass cartoons from Rick and Donna

| April 5, 2016 | 0 Comments

Earning my living as a banjo teacher for many years of my life, I came quickly to notice that students tended to fall into one of two groups. Young people, teens through college-aged and slightly beyond, or folks in or nearing retirement. Often it would […]


Banjo – An Illustrated History

| March 24, 2016 | 0 Comments

Lovers of the banjo have much to celebrate in this first half of the year, with two carefully researched and prepared hardcover books being released on the history of the instrument. We mentioned The Banjo – America’s African Instrument earlier this month, portrayed by its […]


The Banjo – America’s African Instrument

| March 4, 2016 | 0 Comments

Laurent Dubois says he thinks of his new book, The Banjo – America’s African Instrument, as a biography of the banjo. Tracing this uniquely American instrument from its West African roots, through its emergence in the folk and popular music of the Caribbean islands and the Southeastern […]


Buddy Merriam Mandolin – Volume 2

| January 29, 2016 | 0 Comments

Iconic mandolinist Buddy Merriam has released a follow-up edition of his mandolin book, titled Back Roads Mandolin, Volume Two. It contains transcriptions of 32 more of his original tunes for the mandolin, presented in both standard notation and tablature, along with a number of photos from Buddy’s personal […]