Category: Music

Danny Arms passes

| November 4, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Danny Arms, who played mandolin with Carl Story in the latter years of Carl’s career, died October 14 in Charlotte, NC after a brief illness. He was 48 years old. Arms was a serious student of bluegrass and pre-bluegrass music and had recently devoted a […]

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Free Bluegrass Backing Tracks

| November 3, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Banjo player Simon Mitchinson has launched a new web site offering free backing tracks for bluegrass musicians who need a resource for practicing their instruments. At present he has 72 jam favorites posted, mostly banjo and fiddle tunes, in a variety of keys. He has also […]

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Rob Ickes & Trey Hensley in January ’15

| November 3, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Compass Records has announced January 13, 2015 as the release date for Before The Sun Goes Down, the upcoming CD from Rob Ickes & Trey Hensley. It’s a fun album, that mixes hard driving bluegrass with classic country based around Trey’s strong voice and flatpicking […]

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The Day The Banjo Dies from Roni Stoneman

| October 30, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Roni Stoneman has released a single from her upcoming bluegrass album, which answers the autobiographical question, “Have you ever thought about retiring?” Written by her long time guitarist, Ronnie Buff, The Day The Banjo Dies makes it plenty clear that Roni doesn’t plan on slowing […]

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Fiddle Tunes on Jazz Changes

| October 30, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Matt Glaser has been an important figure in the world of bluegrass and old time fiddle since the 1970s. At that time, he was part of the experimental string music scene in New York and New England, recording with fellow envelope-pushers like Tony Trischka, Andy […]

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Sunnyflower One – Miss Dixie sings

| October 29, 2014 | 0 Comments
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You’re never too old or experienced to have your career take off in a new direction. Miss Dixie Hall, the renowned and award-winning songwriter in bluegrass music, has recorded her first-ever song as a vocalist, and it’s being released this week. It is a message […]

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Hazel McGee passes

| October 28, 2014 | 0 Comments
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There is great sadness among New England bluegrass fans this week, as Hazel McGee of White Mountain Bluegrass has passed away. Although expected for some time, the news was very upsetting to her many fans, and this lovely lady will be sorely missed. Hazel, who performed […]

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Hazel Dickens song contest from DCBU

| October 28, 2014 | 0 Comments
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When the DC Bluegrass Union launched their songwriting competition this year, it was a simple decision to name it in honor of Hazel Dickens, a nearly-native daughter who spent much of her life based in the Baltimore/Washington area. Born in West Virginia in 1935, Hazel […]

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Jason Barie to The Radio Ramblers

| October 28, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Jason Barie has been announced as the new fiddler with Joe Mullins & the Radio Ramblers, taking the spot created by the departure of Evan McGregor. Bluegrass fans will be familiar with Jason from his six years with Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, two before that with Larry Stephenson, […]

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Pray For Rain coming from Blue Mafia

| October 27, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Pinecastle Records has announced February 10, 2015 as the release date for Pray For Rain, the second CD project from Blue Mafia, and their first for the North Carolina-based label. The Indiana band is anchored by the picking and singing of Dara and Tony Wray, a […]

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