Category: Reviews

LIVE! at Capon Crossing Farm – Bluegrass in the Barn

| July 3, 2015 | 0 Comments

It’s a pretty hefty undertaking for a bluegrass band – especially an independent group – to release one album per year. Bud’s Collective, a relatively new group based out of the northern Virginia/eastern West Virginia area, upped the ante for their debut release, putting out […]


When I’m Free – Hot Rize

| July 1, 2015 | 0 Comments

One of – if not the – most anticipated albums of the past year was the return of Hot Rize after twenty-odd years with When I’m Free. Since its release in late 2014, the group has embarked upon a popular tour and received a significant […]


Lonesome Road – Evan Maynard

| June 26, 2015 | 0 Comments

Alex Hibbitts’ Depression Lies Studio in Sevierville, TN is quickly becoming a go-to spot for up-and-coming bluegrass artists whose music leans toward the popular country-tinged modern traditional style. Recent solo projects by Matt Wallace, Cody Shuler, and Hibbitts himself were all recorded there, and the […]


Songs Of Lost Yesterdays – Laura Orshaw

| June 24, 2015 | 0 Comments

Laura Orshaw might be the busiest bluegrass fiddler in Boston, Massachusetts. The Pennsylvania native performs with five different bands in and around Beantown – including her own New Velvet Band – and seems to fill in from time to time with all the others. This […]


Ocooch Mountain Home – The Yellow-Bellied Sapsuckers

| June 19, 2015 | 0 Comments

Winning the award for unique traditional music band name of the month is Wisconsin-based duo The Yellow-Bellied Sapsuckers. Nikki Grossman and Joe Hart bill themselves as “a brand-new take on old-time country,” and their newest release, a twelve song (plus one bonus track) collection titled […]


SteelDrivers Deliver, Again

| June 16, 2015 | 0 Comments

When Chris Stapleton left the SteelDrivers a few years back, I was skeptical that the band could recapture the magic with someone else in front of the microphone. His let-it-all-hang-out style defined the band and made its recordings instantly recognizable. So let me say this […]


One Thing To Tell – Ruben & Matt and The Truffle Valley Boys

| June 12, 2015 | 0 Comments

This review is a contribution from Ivor Trueman. Italy’s Ruben & Matt and The Truffle Valley Boys, play 1950’s style bluegrass, and they pretty much replicate the original bluegrass ‘sound’ and ‘look’ perfectly. On stage they perform in hats and ties, sharply dressed in baggy trousers and […]


From the Barroom to the Steeple – Stacy Grubb

| June 11, 2015 | 0 Comments

Bluegrass fans may recognize the name Stacy Grubb from her work with the Clay Hess Band, including a popular tour several years ago, or perhaps from her husband’s bluegrass management and booking service, Jason Grubb Artist Management. Though Grubb’s first album, released in 2009, utilized […]


I Firmly Promise You – Feller & Hill

| June 10, 2015 | 0 Comments

It’s a bluegrass Gospel CD… It’s a Southern Gospel CD… It’s two CDs in one! That was my reaction after giving a thorough listen to Feller & Hill’s new release, I Firmly Promise You. The guys clearly have one foot firmly planted in each camp, […]


2015 Mt. Airy Bluegrass and Old-Time Fiddlers Convention

| June 9, 2015 | 0 Comments

This past weekend (June 5 and 6) was the 44th Annual Mt. Airy Bluegrass and Old-Time Fiddlers Convention, which is located in Mt. Airy, North Carolina. I arrived in Mt. Airy late Wednesday evening and was quite excited to get to Veterans Memorial Park where […]