Category: Music

Stan Jay passes

| October 22, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Stan Jay, who had managed Mandolin Brothers music store in Staten Island, NY since 1971, has died. He was 71 years old. Mandolin Brothers became known as one the nation’s top brokers of vintage fretted instruments, mandolins in particular. Stan started the business with a […]

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Brandon Bowles passes

| October 20, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Brandon “BB” Bowles, a well-known face in the North Carolina/Virginia bluegrass scene, died Sunday, October 19, in a car accident in Davie County, North Carolina. Bowles, 32, of Rural Hall, NC, was returning home from a friend’s house about 1:00 a.m. when he was struck by another […]

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Peghead Nation hits its stride

| October 20, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Online learning has become the most recent revolution in the education world. Over the past few years it is possible to obtain a college degree studying on your computer, and home school families have embraced cyber classrooms to bring expertise in more advanced subject matter to […]

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Shelby Means departs Della Mae

| October 19, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Shelby Means, who has been playing bass with Della Mae this past two and a half years, has announced this weekend that she will be leaving the group. She will accompany the Dellas on their upcoming State Department tour as her final hurrah. Her absence […]

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Paul Craft passes

| October 18, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Nashville songwriter Paul Craft, who had a brief career in bluegrass, died this morning after being ill the past few weeks. Craft had been hospitalized just hours after being inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame on October 5. He was 76 years old. As […]

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Norman Wilson passes

| October 16, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Norman Wilson, mandolinist and tenor vocalist with Primitive Quartet, died yesterday while hunting with friends in North Carolina. It is presumed that he had a heart attack, and he died in the woods. He was 70 years old. On October 15 at roughly 2:30 p.m., Norman […]

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Glenn Gibson says goodbye to Flamekeeper

| October 16, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper have announced that Glenn Gibson, who has played banjo with the band this past three years, is leaving the group. He will do his last show tonight at the Festival of the Riverboats in Louisville, KY. In addition to be being a […]

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Mike Holmes leaves Music Camps North

| October 16, 2014 | 0 Comments
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After 15 years at the helm, Mike Holmes has stepped down from the directorship of Music Camps North, who have hosted both Banjo Camp North and Mandolin & Fiddle Camp North in Massachusetts this past decade and a half. Hundreds of New England residents have […]

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Lonesome Day launches Dry Lightning

| October 13, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Randall Deaton and Lonesome Day Records have announced the launch of a new label imprint to be known as Dry Lightning Records. Its purpose is specifically to offer their non-bluegrass projects a separate brand identity in the market. At the same time, Deaton has announced […]

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David Long back to Big Country Show

| October 10, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Karl Shiflett has announced that David Long has returned to play mandolin with The Big Country Show. Long has a well-earned reputation as a master of traditional and early bluegrass mandolin styles, and is resuming a position with Karl he had held previously. He is […]

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