Category: Music

Brian Aldridge departs Sideline

| October 10, 2016 | 0 Comments

Sideline has announced the departure of their mandolinist and a primary vocalist, Brian Aldridge. He has been with the band this past two years. North Carolina bluegrass fans had watched Brian grow up on stage. His dad, Mike Aldridge, was a member of the Bass Mountain […]


Andy Leftwich leaving Kentucky Thunder

| October 7, 2016 | 0 Comments

Andy Leftwich, fiddler with Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder since 2001, has announced that he will be leaving the band at the end of the year. He has literally grown up in the group, starting with Skaggs right out of high school at 19 years […]


New album and single from Valerie Smith

| October 6, 2016 | 0 Comments

Valerie Smith has released her latest album with her touring band, Liberty Pike, along with a debut single from the project on Bell Buckle Records. Small Town Heroes is her first new record since The Human Condition in 2014. That last was a full-fledged concept […]


Original Rarely Herd to reunite for Bob Evans

| October 6, 2016 | 0 Comments

For more than 25 years, The Rarely Herd has provided quality bluegrass entertainment in the central US from their home base in Ohio. A lot of pickers and singers have been involved over the years in the Rarely Herd family, which continues to travel and […]


New Balance to Wilson Pickins

| October 5, 2016 | 0 Comments

The Wilson Pickins Bluegrass Promotions agency in Westminster, SC has announced the signing of Indiana’s New Balance to an exclusive publicity and representation services contract. The six-piece group plays a hard-driving style of contemporary bluegrass, with Gospel and vintage country sounds in the mix. Their self-titled, […]


Herb Lambert passes

| September 30, 2016 | 0 Comments

Herb Lambert, master mandolinist and teacher from western North Carolina has died at 88 years of age. He was known for his ability to play in the Bill Monroe style, and for carrying those techniques forward to songs other than one Monroe had himself recorded. […]


Radio Ramblers making their mark

| September 28, 2016 | 0 Comments

In addition to his new position as Chair of the IBMA Board of Directors, Joe Mullins is the fearless leader of his own touring bluegrass band, The Radio Ramblers. Already an experienced stage pro when he launched the group in 2006, Mullins had grown up in a […]


Michael Cleveland talks Fiddler’s Dream

| September 26, 2016 | 0 Comments

With October 7 set as the release date for Fiddler’s Dream, Michael Cleveland’s first solo record in ten years time, we took advantage of an opportunity to speak with Michael about the new album, and what has changed for him artistically over the past decade. […]


Sons of the South win at OBX

| September 26, 2016 | 0 Comments

Congratulations to Sons of the South who took first place in the Mountain Fever bluegrass band contest this past weekend at the Bluegrass Island Festival on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. As winners, they receive a booking at the 2017 festival with a $2,000 fee, plus ten […]


Join The Jam! from Annie Savage

| September 21, 2016 | 0 Comments

Colorado fiddler and string educator Annie Savage has a new book, Join The Jam, designed to help string musicians become more comfortable in the somewhat daunting jam session environment. It is meant both for the string student and their teachers. In the book, Savage seeks […]