Category: Music

David Benedict to Mile Twelve

| November 25, 2016 | 0 Comments
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When I caught Boston’s Mile Twelve live during World of Bluegrass in Raleigh this year, there were a number of impressions I came away with. First off, it was immediately clear that these talented young artists, with the bloom of the music conservatory still on […]

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Henhouse Prowlers flying to Kyrgyzstan

| November 23, 2016 | 0 Comments
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What are you doing after Thanksgiving? Well The Henhouse Prowlers will be hopping a jet for an impromptu trip to central Asia. The guys have been invited by the US Embassy in Kyrgyzstan to play at the Dostuk Music Festival in the capital of Bishkek. The Prowlers have made […]

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Tom Ratliff passes

| November 23, 2016 | 0 Comments
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Tom Ratliff, a fixture in the bluegrass scene in east Tennessee for many years, passed away on October 30. He was 79 years of age and died from the effects of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Tom was a passionate bluegrass fan and dobro player who […]

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Al Batten passes

| November 22, 2016 | 0 Comments
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Alton Tharse Batten, known widely as Al, passed away on Sunday, November 20. He was 68 years of age. Al was born and raised in Selma, NC where he lived his entire life. He led the popular bluegrass group, Al Batten & Bluegrass Reunion for more […]

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Singing Fundamentals from Dede Wyland

| November 21, 2016 | 0 Comments
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I’ve been fortunate enough to take singing lessons from Dede Wyland at music camps in two different years. Both times, after absorbing as much as could in five days, I came home energized and excited, only to find a few weeks later that some of […]

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Jim Greer remembered 

| November 21, 2016 | 0 Comments
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Ohio banjo player Jim Greer passed away on Tuesday, September 13, 2016, at Logan Acres Care Center, Bellefontaine, Ohio.  He was 74 years old and he had been battling cancer. James Marvin ‘Jim’ Greer was born in West Liberty, Logan County, Ohio, on September 3, […]

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On Top Of Old Smoky wins Independent Music Award

| November 17, 2016 | 0 Comments
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On Top of Old Smoky: New Old-Time Smoky Mountain Music, a collection of new recordings of classic mountain music produced by the Great Smoky Mountains Association, has been named the Best Tribute Album at the 15th Annual Independent Music Awards. The album features versions of folk songs and tunes collected […]

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Merry Christmas Everybody from The Spinney Brothers

| November 15, 2016 | 0 Comments
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The Christmas releases for 2016 are coming in hot and heavy this month, including this new offering from The Spinney Brothers, appropriately titled Merry Christmas Everybody. The boys, Canadian by birth, counter the charge of “too soon!” by noting that Canadian Thanksgiving was celebrated last month, […]

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Announcing The Dave Adkins Trio

| November 15, 2016 | 0 Comments
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Here is a fascinating “power of social media” story regarding bluegrass vocalist Dave Adkins and an impromptu video he posted on Facebook over the weekend. Dave had decided to put together a low-key trio with a couple of his friends, Richie Rose and David Taylor, to sing Gospel […]

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Bibey & Grasstowne to Wilson Pickins

| November 14, 2016 | 0 Comments
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Wilson Pickins Bluegrass Promotions is taking over the world! It seems that Melanie Wilson adds a new band to her roster every few days. Today she has announced the signing of Alan Bibey & Grasstowne to the agency for representation and publicity services. The band has […]

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