Category: Bluegrass band news

Russ Carson gets the nod

| May 20, 2014 | 0 Comments
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When we reported in March that Russ Carson had been picked as the new banjo picker with Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder, we noted that he officially was coming on board on a 90 day trial basis. Those of us well familiar with his playing and […]

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Damion Kidd to Canaan’s Crossing

| May 13, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Canaan’s Crossing has welcomed reso-guitarist Damion Kidd into the band, filling the spot vacated by mandolinist Josh Palmer. Bassist Tim Maze says that the band has had their eye on Kidd for some time, and recently decided to try replacing a mando with a reso, as […]

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High Ground on the hunt

| May 9, 2014 | 0 Comments
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High Ground, a contemporary bluegrass band in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley, is on the hunt for a new rhythm guitarists and vocalist. Larry Taylor, who is a founding member, is leaving the group after ten years. The guys have released four albums during their time together, […]

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Downtown Ramblers say goodbye

| May 7, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Sad news for fans of Swedish bluegrass group, Downtown Ramblers. The band has announced today that they will no longer be performing together after an eight year run that found them touring across Europe and in the US. In recent years, the band has been […]

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New day job for Darrell Webb

| May 5, 2014 | 0 Comments
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It’s not uncommon for popular bands you see on festival stages to be made up of pickers who work a “day job” during the week, and play bluegrass on the weekends. Many of these “weekend warriors” can end up doing well, even with two seemingly […]

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Jamie Harper to Junior Sisk

| April 30, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Well, that didn’t take long. Just a few days after coming onboard to fill in, Jamie Harper has been welcomed as the newest member of Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice. Jamie stepped in this past weekend when long time Ramblers Choice fiddler Billy Hawks left […]

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Joe Zauner to Patent Pending

| April 24, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Washington, DC area banjo player Joe Zauner has joined Patent Pending. Zauner, who has been playing banjo since 1973, is like several of his new bandmates in Patent Pending, in that he cut his bluegrass teeth playing in Washington, DC-area clubs in the late 1970s, […]

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Billy Hawks leaving Junior Sisk

| April 24, 2014 | 0 Comments
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We have learned that Billy Hawks, fiddler with Junior Sisk & Rambler’s Choice, will be leaving the band after today’s performance at MerleFest. Junior says that Jamie Harper will be filling in with the band the rest of this weekend, and shared this brief statement. […]

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Jeff Austin exits YMSB

| April 23, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Yonder Mountain String Band has announced the departure of mandolinist/vocalist Jeff Austin, who is leaving the group to pursue his solo career, and support his upcoming solo project which he discussed with us several months back. In a statement issued this afternoon, the remaining members […]

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Jim VanCleve exits Mountain Heart [updated]

| April 15, 2014 | 0 Comments
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It’s the end of an era. Fiddler Jim VanCleve has announced his departure from Mountain Heart, a group he helped found some years ago. At its onset, Jim, Barry Abernathy, and Steve Gulley started the band when they left Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver in 1998. […]

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