Category: Music

Hillbenders going all Tommy on us

| January 27, 2015 | 0 Comments
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In 1969, the rock music world was agog when The Who, one of the top grossing acts on the circuit at that time, released a double album called Tommy. Described as a rock opera, the entire album was based on a single concept, the story […]

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Bill Yates passes

| January 26, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Bill Yates, lifetime bluegrass musician, bassist with The Country Gentlemen, and friend to everyone in the bluegrass community, died tonight after several weeks in the hospital. He was 78 years old. He had been hospitalized earlier this month, suffering from a brain bleed. Doctors resisted […]

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News from Mountain Rain

| January 26, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Brad Wood, mandolinist with North Carolina’s Mountain Rain, got in touch last week with several bits of news. First off, the band has recently signed with Cedar Creek Management, and booking for shows will be handled by Susan Burrows at Cedar Creek (336 953-2814). They have also […]

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Julia Mainer passes 

| January 22, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Julia Mainer, wife and long-time musical partner of old-time country music artist  the late Wade Mainer, passed away on January 21, 2015, aged 95. She had sustained fatal injuries in a fall a few days earlier. Julia Mae Brown Mainer was born on March 13, […]

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Matt Love to Deeper Shade of Blue

| January 21, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Deeper Shade of Blue, an established regional bluegrass band based near Charlotte, NC, has announced the addition of Matt Love on bass. He brings many years of bluegrass experience to the band, having toured with Darin & Brooke Aldridge on banjo, and taught a number […]

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Kickstart Your Jamming: A New Approach To Banjo Improv

| January 21, 2015 | 0 Comments
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For years, Murphy Henry has been teaching banjo pickers all over the world, in private lessons, at camps and workshops, and with her Murphy Method lesson videos and DVDs. Throughout her focus has been to encourage students to memorize material by listening and repeating, as […]

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Cumberland River is back

| January 19, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Cumberland River, the bluegrass bruisers from Harlan, KY, are back with us again after roughly a year off. Following a raucous start in 2011 owing in part to an association with the FX television series, Justified, the band suffered the loss of two founding members and […]

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Dixie Hall passes

| January 17, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Dixie Hall, life and songwriting partner to Tom T. Hall, and a major figure in the music industry of Nashville, died last night at her home. She was 80 years old. Miss Dixie, as she was known to family and friends, had been ill this past year, […]

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Stacy Grubb overcomes obstacles to sing bluegrass

| January 16, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Most of us know how difficult it can be to establish a career in music, and it’s no easier for bluegrass acts than it is for anyone else. For a young female vocalist trying to raise a new family at the same time, there are extra […]

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Little Darlin’ from Jessica Stiles

| January 16, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Jessica Stiles has announced the digital release of her new five song EP, Little Darlin’, with contributions from Mike Compton, Charlie Cushman, Josh Williams, Shad Cobb, and Kent Blanton. A pair of songs from the album will be made into a 45 RPM vinyl record, to […]

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