Category: Reviews

For a Season – Matt Wallace

| July 8, 2014 | 0 Comments

One of the latest sidemen to make a solo debut is bass player Matt Wallace. A Knoxville, TN native who has done stints with Newton & Thomas, Paul Williams & the Victory Trio, David Parmley & Continental Divide, and Audie Blaylock & Redline, among others, […]


Remedy – Old Crow Medicine Show

| July 3, 2014 | 2 Comments

No Appalachian string band has ever reached the popularity of Old Crow Medicine Show (OCMS). Few artists can entertain thousands of young rockers at a Mumford & Sons concert and still preserve tradition on the Grand Ole Opry stage. Following in the footsteps of Uncle Dave Macon […]


Turn This Heart Around – Missy Werner

| July 1, 2014 | 1 Comment

Missy Werner’s new album, Turn This Heart Around, feels like two albums in one. Roughly half of the tracks feature the singer/mandolinist in a contemporary bluegrass setting with her road band, and the balance finds her singing modern acoustic country with a bevy of Nashville […]


Homestretch – Gary Brewer & The Kentucky Ramblers

| June 26, 2014 | 0 Comments

Kentuckians are notoriously proud of their home state. The innumerable odes to the Bluegrass State sung by bluegrass musicians can testify to that. However, there are perhaps few prouder than Gary Brewer, a native of the Louisville area. On the latest release with his band […]


The Road That Brings You Home – Jim and Lynna Woolsey

| June 20, 2014 | 1 Comment

After performing together for the past several decades in and around their home base of southern Indiana, husband and wife duo Jim and Lynna Woolsey have released their first album together. The record, The Road That Brings You Home, is somewhat unique for a debut, […]


Five – Balsam Range

| June 17, 2014 | 1 Comment

Over the past few years, North Carolina’s Balsam Range has established itself as one of the most consistent hit-producing and award-winning bands in bluegrass music. Now, coming off of the success of 2012’s Papertown (last year’s IBMA Album of the Year), the five-man group has […]


Cut to the Chase – Kathy Kallick

| June 13, 2014 | 1 Comment

Story songs have a long history in bluegrass and other forms of traditional music. From murder ballads to train songs, from lost love to the Civil War, bluegrassers love to tell and hear a good story. On Kathy Kallick’s latest release, Cut to the Chase, […]


The Hayloft Gang, the Story of the National Barn Dance

| June 10, 2014 | 0 Comments

This terrific documentary aired on PBS in 2011. Producer Stephen Parry’s Hayloft Gang Productions now offers it for sale at It includes never-before-seen footage of pre-WWII country music. Although Chicago’s WLS National Barn Dance isn’t known for bluegrass, it is interwoven with bluegrass history. […]


Down on the Farm – The Stevens Family

| June 4, 2014 | 0 Comments

Family bands are nothing new in bluegrass music, although in recent years it seems the focus has been on siblings who have shown musical prowess at a young age, rather than on the entire family unit. West Virginia’s The Stevens Family takes a slightly more […]


Dream Big – Darrell Webb

| June 3, 2014 | 0 Comments

If you get a good look at Darrell Webb, he doesn’t appear to be old enough to have spent 20 years working professionally in bluegrass. In fact, he won’t turn 40 until later this month, and got his start touring with Lonesome River Band back in […]