Category: Reviews

Metacognition – Joshua Palmer

| November 23, 2015 | 0 Comments

If there is a talented young bluegrass artist out there somewhere, there’s a good chance that Tom Mindte and Patuxent Records has an eye on them. Their catalog contains many a title from the likely who’s who of the next generation of pickers. One such […]


Song Of The Banjo – Alison Brown

| November 20, 2015 | 0 Comments

The Song Of The Banjo is not like any banjo album you have ever heard, even if you’ve listened to Alison Brown’s prior releases. Sure, it features several of her intricate instrumentals, played to perfection, but in addition to guest vocals from a surprising cast […]


The Christmas 45 – Becky Buller

| November 17, 2015 | 0 Comments

2015 has been a good year for Becky Buller. After starting a new career as a solo performing artist, she has found rapid success in that new role, including being selected as Emerging Artist of the Year from her peers in the International Bluegrass Music […]


Lonely Tonight – Bill Runkle & Smith Hollow

| November 17, 2015 | 0 Comments

When you think “Del McCoury’s banjo player,” your mind probably automatically goes to Del’s son, 2015 IBMA Banjo Player of the Year Rob McCoury. However, before there was a Del McCoury Band, there was Del McCoury & the Dixie Pals. The longest serving banjo player […]


Flatt Lonesome on right track with Runaway Train

| November 16, 2015 | 0 Comments

Let’s cut right to the heart of the matter: Flatt Lonesome’s Runaway Train is one of the best CDs I’ve heard this year. Not just the band, which is tight, or the songs, which are stout. Nearly everything about this record is top-notch, making it […]


Elsebound – True North

| November 10, 2015 | 0 Comments

Along the softer edges of bluegrass, where smooth contemporary melodies merge with a folkier, singer-songwriter sensibility, lies Oregon-based band True North. The group’s music is largely gentle and contemplative, guided by the lyrics and lead vocals of Kristen Grainger, an accomplished songwriter whose songs have […]


4 – Alan Bibey & Grasstowne

| November 3, 2015 | 0 Comments

What’s up with Grasstowne? That’s a question I’ve heard more than a few times this past few years. Founder and mandolinist Alan Bibey has seen a lot of changes with this band in the nine years since they formed as a partnership between he, Steve […]


Wandering Again – Chris Burton

| October 27, 2015 | 0 Comments

It’s only been in the past few years that songwriter projects have been a thing in bluegrass music. At one time, the common exercise was for writers to record demo versions of new songs, and send them out to interested artists for consideration. But a […]


The Vickie Vaughn Band

| October 20, 2015 | 0 Comments

The Vickie Vaughn Band has been making the bluegrass rounds over the past few years, racking up appearances at the Station Inn, Music City Roots, and the World of Bluegrass, securing a nomination for an IBMA Momentum Award, and serving as representatives of the International […]


That Which Matters – Mountain Faith

| October 19, 2015 | 0 Comments

As the 2015 bluegrass tour season is winding down and professional acts look back on the year that was, can anyone have a bigger story to tell than Mountain Faith? They appeared repeatedly on national television as contestants on America’s Got Talent, were nominated for […]