Category: Reviews

Burden Bearer – Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver

| July 6, 2016 | 0 Comments
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Anthropologists believe that complex language skills are what has enabled humans to share information across generations, building a vast database of knowledge stored in the culture of different peoples. Countless studies of human behavior have shown that adding melody to words makes them easier to recall, […]

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Bright Star Soundtrack tugs at emotions

| July 5, 2016 | 0 Comments
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The musical Bright Star didn’t have a long run on Broadway, but the soundtrack is grassy enough to deserve a spot on the playlist of anyone who loves bluegrass and story songs, or who just wants to thank Steve Martin for all he does for […]

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Power Pins 2.0

| July 1, 2016 | 0 Comments
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Generally speaking, there are two different camps when it comes to instrument modification: those who wish to remain true to time honored traditions and the way things were done in years past, and those who seek new ways of improving upon what has become the […]

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Foggy Mountain Troubadour – The Life and Music of Curly Seckler

| June 30, 2016 | 0 Comments
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Those who are interested in the history of bluegrass and old country music must buy and read this wonderful book, Foggy Mountain Troubadour – The Life and Music of Curly Seckler, by Penny Parsons. Much like in the earlier Mac Wiseman autobiography, you’ll enjoy the extremely […]

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ROMP rocks out for the 13th time

| June 30, 2016 | 0 Comments
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Hosted by the International Bluegrass Music Museum, ROMP Fest 2016 delivered another fine round of bluegrass music for its 13th year. The music and the weather in Owensboro, KY was best described as hot! Thursday music kicked off with two Hall of Famers on the […]

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Weiser 2016 report

| June 28, 2016 | 0 Comments
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Another great year has just concluded at the National Oldtime Fiddler’s Contest and Festival in Weiser, Idaho. New this year, folks all over the world could tune in on their computers and watch the main stage as it happens since the Festival has teamed up […]

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The State of American Acoustic Music

| June 28, 2016 | 0 Comments
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My fellow Americans: the state of acoustic music in our country is strong. Earlier last week in our Nation’s capital many were sitting down for principle. By week’s end, throngs were standing up in repeated ovation for American Acoustic music, recognizing it as a national […]

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Drifter – Volume Five

| June 23, 2016 | 0 Comments
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Over the past few years Volume Five has been quietly releasing some of the most consistently entertaining contemporary bluegrass you can find. I say quietly because they are rarely mentioned as among the top tier acts in our business, and they certainly deserve to be in that […]

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Blue Sky and Bluegrass – Wayne Henderson Festival

| June 23, 2016 | 0 Comments
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The Wayne Henderson Festival in Grayson County, Virginia featured a brilliant, blue sky and a full day of bluegrass, old time and Cajun music. The festival featured Lonesome River Band, Michael and David Doucet of BeauSoleil, Terry Baucom & the Dukes of Drive, and the Yates […]

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Poor Boy’s Pleasure – Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice

| June 20, 2016 | 0 Comments
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The opening track of Junior Sisk’s new album, Poor Boy’s Pleasure, kicks of with a moonshining song. I know! I’m as shocked as you are. Sisk, the bluegrass pride of Franklin County, VA is among the most renowned vocalists in our music, and has been […]

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