Category: Bluegrass print media news

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 […]


Wolf’s War – a novel with bluegrass accompaniment

| December 18, 2015 | 0 Comments

It’s been said that everyone has at least one great novel in them. I’m not so sure that’s true, but haven’t we all pondered whether something we’ve experienced or imagined might be worthy of being put down on paper? But how many of us have […]


J.D. Crowe tribute in Banjo NewsLetter

| December 10, 2015 | 0 Comments

The venerable Banjo NewsLetter has dedicated its December issue to the career and music of the great J.D. Crowe. Surely among the finest bluegrass banjo players ever to don picks, BNL uses the recent announcement of Crowe’s retirement to remember the many decades of artistry and technical brilliance […]


Leaving Auburndale from Hank Smith

| December 8, 2015 | 0 Comments

If you’ve ever spent time listening to road stories from touring musicians, you know that they see a side of life not often visible to us work-a-day souls. From the late night eateries to the 24-hour truck stops, they encounter people and situations that make for […]