Category: Reviews

Seldom Scene…Long Time

| April 22, 2014 | 1 Comment

Until the rich history of the Seldom Scene is laid down in book form, the band’s newest CD, Long Time…Seldom Scene will serve as a terrific Cliff’s Notes version of the story and music. Long Time, released today by Smithsonian Folkways, is the band’s first […]


Everlasting Faith – Loose Strings

| April 21, 2014 | 0 Comments

While none of the young ladies of the Loose Strings Band are even out of college yet, they’re already making a name for themselves around their home base of Galax, Virginia. In the past year, they not only placed 13th out of over 100 groups […]


Captivated – Ashley Lewis

| April 15, 2014 | 0 Comments

Fans of Sierra Hull and Alison Krauss who have been waiting impatiently for new albums from their favorite ethereal-voiced songstresses may be able to find a fix in the new album from Ashley Lewis. Lewis, a mandolin player and singer whose combination of delicate yet […]


Dancin’ Annie – Bill Emerson & Sweet Dixie

| April 14, 2014 | 0 Comments

A couple of things come quickly to mind while listening to Dancin’ Annie, the new Rural Rhythm release from Bill Emerson & Sweet Dixie. The first is that the passage of time hasn’t slowed one of bluegrass music’s steadiest banjo pickers. He still covers the […]


Here Comes Feller & Hill… Again!

| April 9, 2014 | 0 Comments

“If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” That’s the type of approach Tom Feller and Chris Hill took on their sophomore album, Here Comes Feller & Hill… Again! Following the success of their self-titled debut, Feller & Hill are back, with more of the same. Tom […]


Motley – Andy Lowe

| April 9, 2014 | 0 Comments

For his debut solo album, North Carolina banjo man Andy Lowe could have taken the easy route and released a solid collection of Scruggs tunes, mixed in with a few originals and vocal numbers. He certainly has the banjo skills to handle it. Instead, Lowe […]


Randy Cook & Commonwealth Bluegrass Band

| April 7, 2014 | 0 Comments

There’s a certain satisfaction in pressing play and hearing straightforward, modern traditional bluegrass music. While boundary-stretching can certainly open doors to new fans and it’s always interesting to hear new innovations and styles, it’s also nice to come across a band that knows their way […]


Appalachian Angel – Holly Norman

| April 3, 2014 | 0 Comments

Holly Norman is a bluegrass singer/songwriter from East Tennessee near Knoxville. And what a Southern gal she is! Her bio reads like something from central casting. At the University of Tennessee, she was a featured twirler for the UT Southland Marching Band where she performed before […]


Nickel Creek Comes Back Strong

| April 2, 2014 | 0 Comments

Now comes a perfectly named CD: Nickel Creek’s A Dotted Line. The 10-song project and tour is the band’s first since taking what was called “an indefinite hiatus” in 2007. Think of that dotted line as an ellipsis – three little dots that represent a […]


Staggerin’ Blues – Grayson County Daredevils

| March 31, 2014 | 0 Comments

Few places in the United States are more associated with traditional music than southwest Virginia. It’s the home of the Stanleys and the Carters, with a rich history of old time fiddlers and string bands. One of the latest “new” groups to embrace these historic […]