Category: Music

Bryan Sutton at MTSU

| May 25, 2015 | 0 Comments
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The Center for Popular Music at Middle Tennessee State University hosted Bryan Sutton for a workshop on March 16, as part of their American Guitar series. Fortunately for those of us who couldn’t attend, the Center has preserved the experience on a pair of roughly 30 minute […]

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Ben Freed passes

| May 22, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Ben Freed, New York banjoist and retired optometrist, has died. He was 59 years of age. Ben was that rare individual who was respected professionally both in his medical career, where he was a low-vision specialist and an Assistant Clinical Professor at New York Medical […]

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Changes in store for Claire Lynch

| May 22, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Claire Lynch will step away from full-time touring with her band at the end of 2016 to focus on songwriting, producing and mentoring, and to spend more time with her husband. She sees the change as a new beginning. “I’m just trying to downsize my […]

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ClayBank launches in NC

| May 21, 2015 | 0 Comments
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ClayBank is the newest group to emerge from the fertile musical vistas of northwestern North Carolina, playing straight-ahead contemporary bluegrass. Gary Trivette is on bass, serving as the “old hand” among some talented young grassers. Tyler Thompson is on banjo, Jacob Greer on guitar, and Zach […]

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Truck Drivin’ from Cumberland Gap Connection

| May 19, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Mike Bentley & Cumberland Gap Connection have released a debut single ahead of their next album for Union House Records. It’s a new road song by Jeff Brown and Barbara Owens called Truck Drivin’. The recently-reformed band includes Mike Bentley on guitar and lead vocals, Rod Smith […]

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Lizzy Long shares some Blueberry Pie

| May 19, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Elizabeth ‘Lizzy’ Long was introduced to the bluegrass music world in 2007 when she joined banjo legend Earl Scruggs and foster father Little Roy Lewis on the album Lifetimes. Subsequently, Long and Lewis began touring as The Little Roy & Lizzy Show. Earlier this month […]

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Joe Wilson passes

| May 18, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Joe Wilson, who served as the Executive Director of the National Council for the Traditional Arts from 1976 until he retired in 2004, passed away on Sunday (May 17). He was 76 years of age. He had been in ill health in recent years, undergoing […]

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Rhyme & Season – James Reams

| May 18, 2015 | 0 Comments
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“My intention is to embrace a wide range of human emotion from happiness and love to loss and sorrow, and over it all to express the hope I feel about the future. As I listened to some old gems, I was once again amazed at […]

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Bill Birchfield passes

| May 15, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Traditional and old time musician Bill Birchfield has died this morning (May 15), after having suffered a stroke last night. He was known widely as both a banjo picker and fiddler, and for his many years with the Roan Mountain Hilltoppers, with whom he performed […]

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New look for Darrell Webb Band

| May 14, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Darrell Webb has announced new members for his touring band. The three new musicians have actually been working with Darrell this past few months, and have added a real zing to his live shows, which tend be highly energetic to start with. Andy Ruff on reso-guitar […]

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