Category: Music

WDON Recordings from Frank Wakefield and Red Allen

| January 6, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Patuxent Music has released an absolutely classic set of recordings from Red Allen and Frank Wakefield. The WDON Recordings contain 22 tracks cut in 1963 when Red and Frank had a recurring radio program at WDON AM in Wheaton, MD. This was at a time when […]

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Ryan Cavanaugh exits Soulgrass

| January 5, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Jazz and progressive 5 string banjo player Ryan Cavanaugh has announced his exit from Bill Evans Soulgrass, a hybrid effort by noted sax man Evans to blend funk, jazz and bluegrass grooves. “After 9 years, over 25 countries, and thousands of airline miles logged, I […]

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Artist2Artist: Meaning Beyond The Verse

| January 5, 2015 | 0 Comments
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“Right now, I think we need writers who know the difference between the production of a market commodity and the practice of an art.” – Ursula Le Guin There are lyrics which transcend the words that are chosen, rising above the ink used and the […]

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The Final Sessions of The Dixie Bee-Liners

| January 2, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Though the band is no more, Dixie Bee-Liners have released a final project, one they were in the process of recording when the band broke up in 2011. At the time, they thought of the break more as a hiatus, but it turned out to […]

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2014’s Best: Daniel Mullins vs. Billboard

| December 31, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Billboard, who publishes the (supposedly) quintessential music charts, have released their year-end chart of the Top 25 Bluegrass Albums of 2014. Based solely on Nielsen SoundScan sales numbers, the Billboard bluegrass charts can sometimes be a misrepresentation of what is actually popular in bluegrass music. […]

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Ernest Ferguson remembered

| December 31, 2014 | 0 Comments
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A death that we have only recently learned of is that of Ernest Ferguson, mandolin player with the Bailes Brothers. Ernest Charlton Ferguson (96) passed away in his sleep on the morning of October 19, 2014. He had been in declining health the past few years […]

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Music That Makes Me Happy for 2014

| December 30, 2014 | 0 Comments
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As a Bluegrass Today reviewer – not to mention as a bluegrass fan in general – I listen to a lot of music throughout the year. Most of it’s good, some of it’s not so good, but a few albums have been great. There’s twelve […]

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One Critic’s Picks: The Best of 2014

| December 29, 2014 | 0 Comments
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One of the best parts of this job is finding new music in my mailbox on a regular basis. But the fun turns into work at the end of the year, when I wade back through all of that music and try to come up […]

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Delmore Dedication Vol 3: Blues Stay Away From Me

| December 25, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Early country stars, the Delmore Brothers were huge influences on not only bluegrass and country music, but blues, folk, rock and roll, and more. The Delmore Brothers received a long overdue Distinguished Achievement Award from the International Bluegrass Music Association in 2014, recognizing their lasting […]

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Delmore Dedication Vol 2: Will You Be Lonesome, Too?

| December 24, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Early country stars, the Delmore Brothers were huge influences on not only bluegrass and country music, but blues, folk, rock and roll, and more. The Delmore Brothers received a long overdue Distinguished Achievement Award from the International Bluegrass Music Association in 2014, recognizing their lasting […]

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