Category: Bluegrass Songwriting News

Rodgers Remembrance XV: California Blues (Blue Yodel No. 4)

| May 27, 2015 | 0 Comments

Yesterday, May 26th, it has been 82 years since the passing of Jimmie Rodgers. A titan of American music, Jimmie Rodgers is considered an influence in country, bluegrass, folk, jazz, blues, rock, pop, Americana, and more. In six short years, “The Father of Country Music” […]


Ray Edwards battling cancer

| May 6, 2015 | 0 Comments

Bluegrass songwriter and performer Ray Edwards has shared the news that he is undergoing treatment for prostate cancer. Fortunately, tests show that the cancer is isolated in one side of his prostate, and that it is a small and very slow-growing tumor. As soon as […]


Winners announced in 2015 Chris Austin Songwriting contest

| April 24, 2015 | 0 Comments

It may be a bit chilly at MerleFest this year, but the competition was hot for the 2015 Chris Austin Songwriting Contest this afternoon at the festival. Three finalists in four categories performed their songs live on stage for the judges, who included Peter Rowan, […]


150 Years of Civil War Music

| April 10, 2015 | 0 Comments

Yesterday was the 150th anniversary of General Robert E. Lee’s surrender to General Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox courthouse, essentially ending the Civil War. The bloody war which ravaged the United States touched every aspect of our nation. Geography, agriculture, business, industry, politics, and even popular […]


Another award for Niall Toner

| April 6, 2015 | 0 Comments

Irish bluegrass singer and songwriter Niall Toner has accepted yet another award for his music. He was named Songwriter Of The Year for 2015 at the Leinster Entertainment Awards Show, held at the Kilashee House Hotel, near Naas, in County Kildare. Toner performed on the show with his band, […]


MerleFest 2015 Chris Austin finalists

| April 2, 2015 | 0 Comments

MerleFest has announced the finalists in their 2015 Chris Austin Songwriting Contest, an invitational competition being held for the 23rd time this year during the festival on April 24. Three finalists are selected in four categories from among the hundreds of entries recevied, to vie […]


The Story Behind the Song – Am I A Fool

| April 1, 2015 | 0 Comments

Am I A Fool was written by Keith Tew and then-spouse Danette Gilley and recorded by the Lonesome River Band. The song won the 2000 SPBGMA Song of the Year award. Born in 1966, Tew is a native of Florida who started playing guitar and […]


Cedar Hill – Miss Dixie, Tom T & Me 

| March 23, 2015 | 0 Comments

Frank Ray, the leader of Cedar Hill, has contributed many songs to theband’s stage and recorded repertoire. However, about two years ago, Ray lost his son, Scott, and his father, Dallas, and he has experienced a song writer’s block ever since. No amount of effort […]


Hazel Dickens Song Contest winners announced

| February 16, 2015 | 0 Comments

The DC Bluegrass Union has posted the winners of their inaugural Hazel Dickens Song Contest, just ahead of their big DC Bluegrass Festival later this month. They were delighted to receive more than 80 entries in this first year, all of which were judged by John Starling, […]


Sweet Miss Dixie Deen

| February 5, 2015 | 0 Comments

Now that Dixie Hall has gone on to her reward, her many friends in and around Nashville feel less constrained about sharing the love and admiration they feel for her. While she was with us, Miss Dixie would have considered it “making a fuss” to hear folks […]