Category: Music

Barry Abernathy working on first solo project

| February 11, 2016 | 0 Comments
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Barry Abernathy might not be as prominent in the bluegrass world as he once was, but the noted banjo picker and vocalist has set to work this year to do something about that. The Georgia native spent most of his youth in the bluegrass world, […]

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Mitchell Van Dyke leaves Ralph Stanley

| February 11, 2016 | 0 Comments
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Mitchell Van Dyke, banjo player this past five years with Ralph Stanley & the Clinch Mountain Boys, has tendered his resignation. That follows on yesterday’s word from bass player Randall Hibbitts that he would be leaving the band as well. Though Stanley made his name […]

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Going Through Carolina from Curtis Wright

| February 10, 2016 | 0 Comments
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In the 1980s we all got excited when we got to hear bluegrass artists on country radio. Ricky Skaggs and Keith Whitley had made their way from Ralph Stanley to the Opry, and Jerry Douglas seemed to pop up on every other song that played. […]

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Randall Hibbitts leaving Ralph Stanley

| February 10, 2016 | 0 Comments
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Randall Hibbitts, who has been playing bass with Ralph Stanley & the Clinch Mountain Boys this past few years, has announced today that he is leaving that position. The southwest Virginia native says that he is going to work in event promotion, though it is […]

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Dave Clark passes

| February 9, 2016 | 0 Comments
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This remembrance of Dave Clark is a contribution from Sandy Rothman, long time Bay Area string musician and former Blue Grass Boy. David Clark: January 1, 1943–January 30, 2016 Soon after moving to Columbus, Ohio, from the San Francisco Bay Area in 1969 I met Dave […]

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Deer Creek Boys to Mountain Fever

| February 8, 2016 | 0 Comments
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Virginia’s Deer Creek Boys have been announced as the newest band to sign with Mountain Fever Records. The group had been recording at the Mountain Fever Studios in Willis, VA, and made the agreement with Mark Hodges and the label official during the SPBGMA convention […]

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Country Gentlemen Tribute Band to Graham Talent

| February 5, 2016 | 0 Comments
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The Country Gentlemen Tribute Band, initially formed when longtime bassist Bill Yates was still alive, has signed with Graham Talent Group for representation. The band exists to retain the sound of the many classic Country Gentlemen songs, and offer an opportunity for today’s audiences to experience […]

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O’Connor Family Band to Rounder

| February 3, 2016 | 0 Comments
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Rounder Records has signed an agreement with The O’Connor Family Band to release their first album as a group. The band boasts the talents of bluegrass, contest, jazz, and classical fiddle virtuoso Mark O’Connor, his lovely and very talented wife, Maggie O’Connor, Mark’s son Forrest […]

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Adam Steffey checks in

| February 3, 2016 | 0 Comments
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We caught up with mandolin ace Adam Steffey over this past weekend, after learning that he had been in the studio tracking for a new solo project. But he didn’t want to talk about that. He’s all fired up about the upcoming Boxcars release, Familiar With […]

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Phil Leadbetter departs Dale Ann Bradley

| February 2, 2016 | 0 Comments
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After three years traveling with Dale Ann Bradley, reso-guitarist Phil Leadbetter has announced that he will be leaving her band to start on a new project. He says departing is especially tough for him, as Bradley was such an encouragement to him when she hired Phil late […]

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