Category: Music

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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Kelly Green battles rare vocal condition

| September 2, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Four years ago, just before her 40th birthday, Kelly’s voice gave out near the end of a weekly gig with her band, Acoustic Endeavors. She’d being singing for years and had sore throats and other vocal issues over the years, so she wasn’t worried. She […]

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Cory Piatt to Mountain Faith

| September 1, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Mountain Faith has announced that Cory Piatt is the new mandolinist with the group. Cory is an exquisitely talented young picker, not yet 20 years old, who already has a professional resume most musicians would envy. He’s performed and recorded with Kenny & Amanda Smith, and […]

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Pocket Lick apps for banjo and guitar

| August 29, 2014 | 0 Comments
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As an instructor in ETSU’s Bluegrass, Old Time, and Country Music Studies program, and having taught several students privately as well, I’m well aware of the struggle many would-be students face when trying to learn to play a musical instrument. Between work, school, family, and […]

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Mac Wiseman – Blue Ridge Mountain Blues

| August 28, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Wrinkled Records has released audio from their upcoming Mac Wiseman album, Songs From My Mother’s Hand. Due September 23, the record includes newly-recorded versions of old country and folk songs which his mother took down the words for by hand, and saved in a composition […]

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Brandon Green to Chosen Road

| August 27, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Jonathan Bucker had several pieces of news about Chosen Road when we caught up recently. He and the band have a new album, Love’s Purest Light, released this Summer on Poor Mountain Records. It’s their first studio project in three years, featuring a set of both […]

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Now The Summer’s Gone from Mullins and the Ramblers

| August 26, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Rebel Records has released a second single from the upcoming Joe Mullins & the Radio Ramblers CD, Another Day From Life. This one is Now The Summer’s Gone, written by Barkley Davis, a young bluegrass writer from Indiana with a pedigree. His dad, Marvin, has […]

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Kyle Murphy to Jeff Brown

| August 26, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Kyle Murphy has been announced as the new fiddler with Jeff Brown & Still Lonesome. He’s a native Californian who grew up playing both fiddle and mandolin with his dad and sister in The Murphy Family Band. Murphy came east to study in the Bluegrass, Old […]

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