Category: Music

Bluegrass Christmas 2015

| November 13, 2015 | 0 Comments

Well, I guess it’s time to have a look at some of the special Christmas offerings available this year. Chris Jones got things started this week by pulling back the curtain on how holiday recordings are made. So we will try to make note of […]


Mike Kropp passes

| November 11, 2015 | 0 Comments

Mike Kropp, life-long banjo player and cherished friend of the banjo and bluegrass community in the northeastern United States, died yesterday (11/10) in a hospital near his home in Rhode Island. He was 70 years old, and had been suffering from pancreatic cancer. It was actually pneumonia that […]


Jake Workman joins Ricky Skaggs

| November 11, 2015 | 0 Comments

Wasting no time after yesterday’s announcement that Cody Kilby was leaving Kentucky Thunder, Ricky Skaggs has announced today that Utah flatpicker Jake Workman has joined the band. Like many young guitarists, Jake came to bluegrass sideways, having started with an interest in rock guitar in his […]


Cody Kilby leaves Skaggs for The Travelin’ McCourys

| November 10, 2015 | 0 Comments

After 14 years slinging hot licks on guitar for Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder, Cody Kilby is moving to The Travelin’ McCourys. The popular band, which is in effect, The Del McCoury Band absent the Del, has never had a full time guitarist, relying instead […]


Debut single from Amanda Fields

| November 6, 2015 | 0 Comments

Amanda Fields has released a debut single from her upcoming EP, a lovelorn ballad she wrote with former AKUS bassist John Pennell called Sad Eyed Blue Ridge Girl. Based now in Nashville, Amanda can lay claim to the Blue Ridge Girl moniker, as she was raised […]


Danny Booth leaving Dirty Kitchen

| November 5, 2015 | 0 Comments

It looks like married life agrees with Danny Booth, who has been touring on bass this past four years with Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen. He was wed back in August to Amanda Kerr, a fiddler and music teacher in northern Virginia whom he has known […]


Edgar Loudermilk to Pinecastle

| November 5, 2015 | 0 Comments

Pinecastle Records has signed Edgar Loudermilk to the label, with plans for a new album to be released next year. Of late, Edgar had been touring and recording with Dave Adkins in the Adkins & Loudermilk band, but both partners are now working on solo […]


The Buck Stops Here

| November 4, 2015 | 0 Comments

Gailanne Amundsen has been making a name for herself in bluegrass and old time music for much of her short life, winning fiddle competitions as a child in Florida, and more recently as a member of Jubal’s Kin. Her musical efforts now center around The […]


Bluegrass delegation to Kazakhstan

| November 3, 2015 | 0 Comments

Among the many interesting people we met this year at the World of Bluegrass convention were Damon Postle and Danny Bermel, a pair of doctoral students at the University of Georgia. They are in the process of developing pre-service teacher training in bluegrass music for students at […]


Nightflyer to Echo Mountain

| November 2, 2015 | 0 Comments

More news from Echo Mountain Entertainment… Following last week’s announcement that she would be responsible for booking Corey Hensley comes news that Bella Johnson and Echo Mountain Entertainment will be handling representation for Nightflyer. The band hails from southern Ohio, with Richard Propps on guitar […]