Category: Music

The Roys hunting a banjo player

| September 7, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Just as they celebrate the release of their latest album, The View, The Roys are on the hunt for a new banjo player. Daniel Patrick, who has spent the past year and a half on the road with the band, has told Lee and Elaine […]

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Po’ Ramblin’ Boys at Ole Smoky

| September 5, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Ole Smoky Moonshine Holler in Gatlinburg, TN has embraced bluegrass music in a big way. Situated in the thick of the tourist attractions in Gatlinburg, Ole Smoky includes both a legal distillery for taxed, clear moonshine, and an entertainment venue where live bluegrass is performed […]

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Jason Davis, Dwayne Anderson and Nate Olson to ETSU

| September 4, 2014 | 0 Comments
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The Bluegrass, Old Time and Country Music degree program at East Tennessee State University has announced three new faculty members starting this Fall 2014 semester. Nate Olson has been hired as an Assistant Professor, a lecturer position. Growing up in the Western US, Nate has pursued […]

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Jim & Jesse, Wiseman and Fairchild reissues from Rural Rhythm

| September 4, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Rural Rhythm Records has three new re-issues in its Heritage Collection, which brings back long out-of-print titles from the back catalog. When Sam Passamano acquired Rural Rhythm in 1987, one of his chief interests was the wealth of material the label had from the 1950s forward. Since […]

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Bluegrass Banjo in 10 Easy Steps

| September 4, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Eddie Collins has taken advantage of all the multimedia options offered by the iBook format in his latest instructional offering, Bluegrass Banjo in 10 Easy Steps. The package is available for iPads or Apple MacIntosh computers running OS 10.9 with the iBook software for $15.99. […]

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Scott Napier to KY School of Bluegrass and Traditional Music

| September 3, 2014 | 0 Comments
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The world of a professional musician is all too often not the glamorous and luxurious lifestyle one might expect. This is especially true for bluegrass musicians—traveling long hours from gig to gig with a less than minimal salary. Some performers literally go bust, but hard-working, […]

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Free pre-release stream for Bass & Mandolin

| September 3, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Nonesuch Records has made free streaming audio available prior to next week’s release of Bass & Mandolin, the aptly-named new album from Chris Thile & Edgar Meyer. It’s a recording of this virtuoso pair’s original instrumental music, and is as free-spirited and adventurous as you might […]

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Tom Riggs passes

| September 3, 2014 | 1 Comment
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Thomas W. Riggs, founder of Pinecastle Records and a long time bluegrass entrepreneur and impresario, died on Saturday (8/30) with his family by his side. He was 78 years of age, and had been in declining health this past four years. Riggs came to the bluegrass […]

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Colby Laney back to Volume Five

| September 3, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Guitarist, vocalist and songwriter Colby Laney has returned to Volume Five, where he worked while attending ETSU a few years ago. For the past two years he worked with The Larry Stephenson Band, but Laney tells us that when the position opened up again with […]

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Feeling Blue from Mountain Faith

| September 2, 2014 | 0 Comments
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As promised, here is the new single from Mountain Faith. It’s the “sort of” title track from their upcoming Mountain Fever release, Blue, which is due in November. Feeling Blue is a somewhat different sound for the band, with an old timey vibe and clawhammer […]

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