Category: Music

ClayBank launches in NC

| May 21, 2015 | 0 Comments
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ClayBank is the newest group to emerge from the fertile musical vistas of northwestern North Carolina, playing straight-ahead contemporary bluegrass. Gary Trivette is on bass, serving as the “old hand” among some talented young grassers. Tyler Thompson is on banjo, Jacob Greer on guitar, and Zach […]

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Truck Drivin’ from Cumberland Gap Connection

| May 19, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Mike Bentley & Cumberland Gap Connection have released a debut single ahead of their next album for Union House Records. It’s a new road song by Jeff Brown and Barbara Owens called Truck Drivin’. The recently-reformed band includes Mike Bentley on guitar and lead vocals, Rod Smith […]

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Lizzy Long shares some Blueberry Pie

| May 19, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Elizabeth ‘Lizzy’ Long was introduced to the bluegrass music world in 2007 when she joined banjo legend Earl Scruggs and foster father Little Roy Lewis on the album Lifetimes. Subsequently, Long and Lewis began touring as The Little Roy & Lizzy Show. Earlier this month […]

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Joe Wilson passes

| May 18, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Joe Wilson, who served as the Executive Director of the National Council for the Traditional Arts from 1976 until he retired in 2004, passed away on Sunday (May 17). He was 76 years of age. He had been in ill health in recent years, undergoing […]

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Rhyme & Season – James Reams

| May 18, 2015 | 0 Comments
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“My intention is to embrace a wide range of human emotion from happiness and love to loss and sorrow, and over it all to express the hope I feel about the future. As I listened to some old gems, I was once again amazed at […]

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Bill Birchfield passes

| May 15, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Traditional and old time musician Bill Birchfield has died this morning (May 15), after having suffered a stroke last night. He was known widely as both a banjo picker and fiddler, and for his many years with the Roan Mountain Hilltoppers, with whom he performed […]

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New look for Darrell Webb Band

| May 14, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Darrell Webb has announced new members for his touring band. The three new musicians have actually been working with Darrell this past few months, and have added a real zing to his live shows, which tend be highly energetic to start with. Andy Ruff on reso-guitar […]

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New banjo book from Lluis Gómez

| May 13, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Spanish banjo master Lluis Gómez has a new banjo book which he says was only unintentionally released. He assembled it as a teaching aid for himself, but since students and workshop participants expressed such a strong interest in purchasing a copy, he decided to print […]

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New single from the Slaughters

| May 13, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Shannon and Heather Slaughter have released a new single from their current album, Never Just A Song. It’s one they wanted to make sure people heard before the upcoming Memorial Day weekend. Shannon shared a few words about this song, That’s What’s Good In America. “At […]

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Appalachia Apologia from Lonesome Trio

| May 11, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Ed Helms, the well-known movie and TV comic, and less-well-known banjo picker and acoustic musician, is putting the old band back together, reuniting his college group, The Lonesome Trio, and releasing a new album of original material June 16 on Sugar Hill Records. And he […]

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