Category: Media

Davidson Brothers talk Aussie bluegrass

| November 4, 2014 | 0 Comments
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During World of Bluegrass last month we took the opportunity to chat with The Davidson Brothers, who were in Raleigh as an official invited Showcase act. The boys travel from their native Australia to the USA every year or so, and we were pleased to get […]

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Free Bluegrass Backing Tracks

| November 3, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Banjo player Simon Mitchinson has launched a new web site offering free backing tracks for bluegrass musicians who need a resource for practicing their instruments. At present he has 72 jam favorites posted, mostly banjo and fiddle tunes, in a variety of keys. He has also […]

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Ralph Peer and the Making of Popular Roots Music

| November 3, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Students of bluegrass, country and old time music are generally agreed that the Bristol Sessions in 1927 served as the Big Bang of hillbilly music, the spark that ignited the popularity of what we now call the traditional mountain sound. In these sessions, held over […]

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Gold Heart still going strong

| November 3, 2014 | 0 Comments
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When I ran into the Gold sisters at World of Bluegrass last month, I mentioned that I hadn’t seen much from their group, Gold Heart, in a while. But they had been out there touring, and said that they had just finished a new album which […]

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More changes within the IBMA Board

| November 2, 2014 | 0 Comments
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The IBMA Board of Directors will have some extra work on their hands coming up. On Friday (10/31), Craig Ferguson, the Director of Planet Bluegrass, which produces the annual Telluride Bluegrass Festival and RockyGrass in Colorado, resigned his position as Vice Chair after having been informed […]

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Stuart Duncan live at the HOF

| October 31, 2014 | 0 Comments
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This weekend, the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville will honor Stuart Duncan with a special presentation as a part of their Nashville Cats series. These events are held quarterly to recognize Music City residents for their prominence in the music industry. […]

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For The Sake of the Sound video from Front Country

| October 31, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Front Country has a new music video which shows why this young group has been gobbling up critical acclaim all across the bluegrass world. It features a live (in the country) version of the title track from their latest CD, For The Sake of the Sound, produced by […]

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Behind The Mic with Terry Thacker

| October 30, 2014 | 0 Comments
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It’s a common story in bluegrass music: mountain boy moves north, but tries to keep his roots close. Most of the time in songs, there’s a powerful lonesome ending to the story, but southeastern Kentucky native Colonel Terry Thacker has a brighter outlook. He has […]

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Talking Newtown with Kati and Jr.

| October 30, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Earlier this month we caught up with Jr. Williams and Kati Penn Williams of NewTown to talk about their current album, Time Machine, their new baby, and being an official showcase artist during World of Bluegrass.  

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Fiddle Tunes on Jazz Changes

| October 30, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Matt Glaser has been an important figure in the world of bluegrass and old time fiddle since the 1970s. At that time, he was part of the experimental string music scene in New York and New England, recording with fellow envelope-pushers like Tony Trischka, Andy […]

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