Category: Reviews

Section House – A Collection of Instrumentals

| April 7, 2016 | 0 Comments

Back in 1995, an unexpected event triggered one of the most successful instrumental bluegrass series in history. Guitarist Clay Jones recorded an album of scorching fiddle tunes with a group of his friends for Pinecastle Records. But after it was completed, he slipped into one of his periodic […]


Banjo Concerto No. 2: Juno by Béla Fleck

| April 4, 2016 | 0 Comments

Somewhere in the midst of an album and EP with Abigail Washburn (with full-time touring and winning a Grammy), an album and touring with Chick Corea, performing his concerto, The Impostor, dozens of times, and being a father, the indefatigable Béla Fleck found time to write a […]


Modern Day Man – Josh Williams

| March 31, 2016 | 0 Comments

So, is Josh Williams a bluegrass singer or a country crooner? People who have enjoyed his silky smooth voice this past twenty five years might well wonder. Williams has made his living in the bluegrass world, currently holding down the guitar spot with Rhonda Vincent […]


Southern Crescent – Town Mountain

| March 29, 2016 | 0 Comments

Asheville’s Town Mountain finds some Louisiana groove on their new release, Southern Crescent. It’s hard to find a list of “Best Places To Live” that does not have Asheville, NC on it. The people, the community, the arts, the Blue Ridge Mountains: all combine to keep […]


Last Night, Tomorrow – The Dappled Grays

| March 28, 2016 | 0 Comments

The Dappled Grays, an Atlanta-based band that has been together for just over sixteen years, is the kind of group that doesn’t let stylistic boundaries confine them. They call themselves a bluegrass band, and they are a bluegrass band – traditionalists, be sure to note […]


Bright Star – Love, Loss, Laughs, and Bluegrass?

| March 25, 2016 | 0 Comments

One hot new Broadway musical, complete with banjos, mandolins, fiddles and the like, is called Bright Star. It incorporates old timey and bluegrassy music and instruments in a story that takes place in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. Weaving between 1945 and 1923, the play examines the interconnectedness of […]


Back to the Mountains – Po’ Ramblin’ Boys

| March 23, 2016 | 0 Comments

The debut album from the Po’ Ramblin’ Boys, Back to the Mountains, is music for people like my dad. Old school bluegrass fans, who grew up on Flatt & Scruggs and the Stanleys, who believe that Bill Monroe set the rules for bluegrass music and […]


Audience wins at 2016 Mid-Atlantic Bluegrass Band Contest

| March 22, 2016 | 1 Comment

Colebrook Road from Camp Hill, Pennsylvania, took top prize at Sunday’s D.C. Bluegrass Union’s Mid-Atlantic Bluegrass Band Contest: a fantastic event held at the Strathmore’s Amp just outside of the District of Columbia. Colebrook Road won over the judges and the packed house with their […]


Once Upon A Time – Circa Blue

| March 21, 2016 | 0 Comments

Once Upon A Time, the latest release from West Virginia’s Circa Blue on Orange Blossom Records, is without question their most ambitious and artistically successful recording to date. And it’s a testament to the dedication and perseverance of Steve Harris, guitarist and vocalist with the […]


Tony Trischka and “The Green Flash Banjo” Illuminate Hilo, Hawaii

| March 21, 2016 | 0 Comments

This review of a recent Tony Trischka concert is a contribution from Jack Tottle. When Tony Trischka steps into the spotlight at the East Hawaii Cultural Center in Hilo, Hawaii, the first thing that grabs the audience is his banjo. The entire length of the fingerboard blazes […]