• Deadlines approach for song contests

    There’s still time for songwriters to enter two major contests that honor bluegrass compositions. January 5 is the entry deadline for the DC Bluegrass Union’s Hazel Dickens Song Contest. The contest, in its third year, is strictly for bluegrass (including bluegrass

  • Petr Vošta to G-runs ‘n Roses

    Czech grassers G-runs 'n Roses have announced some changes in their lineup for next year. Guitarist Ondra Kozak is leaving to focus his energies on his new group, New Aliquot, and banjo player Ralph Schut is moving over to the guitar

  • In The Ground from the Gibsons in February

    Rounder Records has announced February 17, 2017 as the release date for In The Ground from The Gibson Brothers. This will be the first album of all original material written by Leigh and Eric Gibson which the brothers will have released.

  • Gillian Welch talks Bluegrass, Bootlegs

    In the perfect vision of hindsight, it’s hard to imagine Gillian Welch struggling to get a foothold in the music business. It’s also difficult to imagine her performing any kind of music other than the bluegrass-inflected Americana that has made her

  • Bob Redford passes

    Bob Redford, one of the original founders of the Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield, Kansas, died on December 17. He was 78 years of age. A life long Kansan, Bob served as the President of the Walnut Valley Association for more

  • Christmas EP from Barefoot Movement

    Barefoot Movement has created a special EP this year with a holiday theme. Titled simply The Barefoot Movement Christmas Album, it contains a half dozen secular Christmas songs that have become popular over the past 70 years or so, several

  • Jacob Burleson to Volume Five

    Jacob Burleson has been announced as the new mandolinist with Volume Five. He will join the group effective January 28 when they perform at Everett’s Music Barn in Suwanee, GA. Jacob has been around bluegrass music all his life, growing up

  • Heaven and Nature String from Bethany & Joe

    Bethany and Joe Xiques are a pair of young siblings from south Florida with a passion for bluegrass music. They've been studying music since they were young children, but the past two years has found their interests revolving around banjos and

  • Steve Dowdy back to The Bluegrass Brothers

    The Bluegrass Brothers, super hard-driving traditionalists from Catawba, VA, will have a new look for 2017. Well, actually... it's more a return to an older look for the group. John Simmons, who had been playing guitar and singing with the Brothers,

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