Category: Print Reviews

Foggy Mountain Troubadour – The Life and Music of Curly Seckler

| June 30, 2016 | 0 Comments

Those who are interested in the history of bluegrass and old country music must buy and read this wonderful book, Foggy Mountain Troubadour – The Life and Music of Curly Seckler, by Penny Parsons. Much like in the earlier Mac Wiseman autobiography, you’ll enjoy the extremely […]


The Rounder Book of Bluegrass Music Trivia

| June 3, 2016 | 0 Comments

How to get a head ache in just 10 minutes. “It doesn’t take that long!”, Bill Nowlin, the author of The Rounder Book of Bluegrass Music Trivia might well respond. The recently published Rounder Book of Bluegrass Music Trivia examines bluegrass music history both recent […]


Leaving Auburndale – Hank Smith

| January 14, 2016 | 0 Comments

Hank Smith, a banjo player from Raleigh, is a busy man. If playing gigs, keeping a steady stream of banjo students, forming a Béla Fleck tribute show, traveling to Wilkes County to study with Jens Kruger, and recently forming a newgrass super-group wasn’t enough, he […]


Mac Wiseman – All My Memories Fit for Print

| August 31, 2015 | 0 Comments

I just picked up this wonderful, DENSELY PACKED bio of Mac Wiseman, All My Memories Fit for Print, from County Sales. It’s just riveting if you’re into the history of bluegrass and country music, radio, recording, promoting, the music “biz,” and the sharp memories of Mac Wiseman’s […]


High Lonesome Below Sea Level – a review

| August 10, 2015 | 0 Comments

Bluegrass music was introduced to the Netherlands by US military service men and American Forces Network Broadcasting Service. It is likely that it was the case for western Europe; it was certainly so for Britain. Service men and European natives co-existed and so began a […]


Ralph Peer and the Making of Popular Roots Music

| May 28, 2015 | 0 Comments

Ralph Sylvester Peer is recognized for his part in the July/August 1927 Bristol, Tennessee, recording sessions which introduced Jimmie Rodgers and the Carter Family to the world. In Ralph Peer and the Making of Popular Roots Music, Barry Mazor relates the momentous events of that […]


The Music of the Stanley Brothers – Gary B Reid

| March 2, 2015 | 0 Comments

I have to declare upfront that I had a peek at an early draft of this book. Also, over the years (from about 1981), I have watched Reid gather together the building materials that have gone towards the writing of The Music of the Stanley Brothers.  […]


Donna Ulisse shares some writing secrets

| August 5, 2014 | 0 Comments

There’s a school of thought that says you can’t teach songwriting. Folks can either write lyrics and compose interesting melodies, or they can’t. But if the craft itself can’t be taught, those interested in pursuing it can gain some valuable perspective and timesaving advice by […]


Pre War Dobros examined in new book

| July 21, 2014 | 0 Comments

As is true for most students of the bluegrass instruments, resonator guitarists are especially enamored of the instruments made just prior to the US entry into WWII. In the late 1930s and early ’40s, almost all of the reso-guitars were being made by a pair of […]


Kentucky Traveler – My Life in Music, a review

| January 13, 2014 | 2 Comments

Kentucky Traveler – My Life in Music by Ricky Skaggs, with Eddie Dean I enjoyed Ricky Skaggs’ autobiography Kentucky Traveler, so help me, I really did. When I first heard of it I was skeptical, and afraid it would be sort of embarrassing somehow. I’ve […]