Category: Reviews

Carroll Best and the White Oak String Band

| January 23, 2015 | 0 Comments

I love discovering new music. The majority of the time, that music is just new to me: an early J.D. Crowe & the New South album I’ve never heard before, a Jimmy Martin concert from the mid-1990s streaming on YouTube, a new country artist that […]


Voices – Volume Five

| January 22, 2015 | 0 Comments

Volume Five is one of those acts that consistently turn out headliner-quality music, but have seemed to be stuck in a second tier status. Their original music is clever and compelling, they can pick with the best of them, and their vocals are top tier. What […]


The Farm – Buddy Merriam & Backroads

| January 20, 2015 | 0 Comments

Buddy Merriam has been recognized for decades as among the most authentic practitioners of the mandolin style pioneered by Bill Monroe in the 1940s. For 34 years now Buddy has traveled with his band, Back Roads, across his native New England, along the eastern seaboard, and across […]


Wood, Wire & Words – Norman Blake

| January 20, 2015 | 0 Comments

Norman Blake is the Zelig of roots music, popping up at key moments over the decades, just like the title character in the Woody Allen film. He played guitar on pivotal recordings by Johnny Cash and Bob Dylan, teamed up with John Hartford on Aereo-Plain […]


Man Of Constant Sorrow – Ralph Stanley & Friends

| January 19, 2015 | 0 Comments

For much of the past decade, rumors of the retirement of the great Ralph Stanley have been rampant – some of them coming directly from his organization. But despite the rumors, and the challenges of recording and touring into his eighties, Dr. Ralph has endured […]


The Condition of Your Heart – Thomas Family Band

| January 15, 2015 | 0 Comments

The family band is experiencing a renewal in bluegrass music, with talented kids and their supportive parents popping up everywhere these days. While family bands are a great vehicle to launch careers of young instrumental prodigies, it’s also nice to see a group where the […]


I Wanna Sugar Baby – The Moore Brothers

| January 13, 2015 | 0 Comments

Everywhere you look these days, there’s a talented group of kids popping up in bluegrass music. They pick, they sing, and they’re all over YouTube. Some are more traditional, some are fabulous at the contemporary grass sound, and many mesh influences from a number of […]


Hillbilly Gypsies Sing of Home in West Virginia

| January 12, 2015 | 0 Comments

If you ever get the chance, see the Hillbilly Gypsies live. You’ll want to hear them, too, of course, but you’ll be in for a real treat when you watch them. They are masters of the single microphone style, with the awards to prove it. […]


Laurie Lewis and Kathy Kallick Sing the Songs of Vern & Ray

| January 7, 2015 | 0 Comments

Hard-core bluegrass duo Vern Williams and Ray Park, from Arkansas, were a tremendous influence on bluegrass music in California. Ever since meeting in 1959 they brought the sounds of the Ozarks to the west coast playing concert and dance halls, radio and television. They played […]


Richie and Rosie Bring Down the House

| December 30, 2014 | 0 Comments

There is nothing like a house concert. Be warmly greeted by excited hosts, nab some cheese and crackers, grab a seat (heck, the staircase can be prime real estate) and settle in for a casual, intimate musical retreat. On December 6th in a Washington, D.C. living […]