Category: Reviews

The Gospel Side of Bill Emerson & Sweet Dixie

| February 2, 2016 | 0 Comments

As a follow-up to 2014’s well-received Dancin’ Annie, Bill Emerson & Sweet Dixie has released a compilation album of the group’s favorite Gospel tracks from their previous albums. The Gospel Side of Bill Emerson & Sweet Dixie pulls from the group’s three previous albums for […]


Weighted Mind – Sierra Hull

| January 29, 2016 | 0 Comments

Can we really be talking about a major artistic shift by an established artist who is only 24 years old? I guess we can if the artist has been recording since she was 12, already has a pair of major label releases under her belt, […]


Got Myself Together (10 years later) – Danny Barnes

| January 27, 2016 | 0 Comments

Texas-born, Seattle-based banjo pioneer Danny Barnes is coming off a good year. Being the sixth person to win the prestigious Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass award—along with its $50,000 —brings the name Danny Barnes up from his dedicated and nearly-cultish underground […]


And Then There’s This… The Grascals

| January 19, 2016 | 0 Comments

It’s always interesting to see what will happen when new members enter a longstanding band that has previously had a relatively static lineup. Will they pick someone who sounds and plays just like the former member? Will they go in an entirely new direction? Or […]


Down Memory Lane – Mark Kuykendall, Bobby Hicks, & Asheville Bluegrass

| January 18, 2016 | 0 Comments

Though western North Carolina has long been known as a hotbed of traditional music, much of the attention has focused on the old-time, mountain styles – ballad singers, string bands, and the like – found throughout the region’s hills and valleys. However, the first release […]


I Want to Go Home – Kevin Pace & the Early Edition

| January 15, 2016 | 0 Comments

One of the most universal themes in bluegrass music is home – particularly, missing it once it’s no longer what it once was. With their latest project, Spokane, Washington-based group Kevin Pace & the Early Edition has built an entire album around that theme. I […]


Leaving Auburndale – Hank Smith

| January 14, 2016 | 0 Comments

Hank Smith, a banjo player from Raleigh, is a busy man. If playing gigs, keeping a steady stream of banjo students, forming a Béla Fleck tribute show, traveling to Wilkes County to study with Jens Kruger, and recently forming a newgrass super-group wasn’t enough, he […]


Miles Between – Unspoken Tradition

| January 12, 2016 | 0 Comments

Miles Between is the second release from Unspoken Tradition, who describe themselves as a working class bluegrass band from North Carolina’s western Piedmont. Like their first album, Simple Little Town, this one offers a blend of original material written within the band, and songs from […]


Charm City Junction

| January 6, 2016 | 0 Comments

I’m not sure I’ve ever encountered a record I enjoyed this well, where I’ve had so much trouble quantifying the sound. It’s all joyfully conceived and brilliantly played, but running counter to so many stylistic norms… and yet it works perfectly on all levels. Charm […]


Pickin’ Friends – Red Wine

| December 29, 2015 | 0 Comments

I have to admit, I don’t keep up with the international bluegrass scene as much as I should. However, thanks to Bluegrass Today, I’ve had the opportunity to review quite a few strong albums from groups based outside of the United States, and in doing […]