Category: Reviews

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 […]


Eat the Moon – FY5

| December 28, 2015 | 0 Comments

The group known as Finnders & Youngberg not only has a new album out, but also a new name. On Eat the Moon, their recent release from Swing Fingers Records, the group labels themselves as FY5, a name that perhaps reflects better on the fact […]


Holidays with The High 48s

| December 18, 2015 | 0 Comments

Minnesota’s High 48s have joined the ranks of bluegrass groups releasing Christmas music during the 2015 season. Their 10-track offering is entitled Holidays With The High 48s and represents a lighter look at Christmas classics from this popular Upper Midwest quintet. The selections they’ve chosen […]


Naughty List from Bud’s Collective

| December 16, 2015 | 0 Comments

National Media Services has released its annual Christmas album for 2015. Each Fall, the company chooses one of their loyal customers to record a special holiday record, which NMS uses in its own Christmas gift packages for clients, and also allows the band to market […]


Mandolin Originals with Scott Napier

| December 15, 2015 | 0 Comments

Need one last Christmas present or stocking stuffer for the mandolin player in your life? Consider Scott Napier’s recently released instructional DVD, Mandolin Originals with Scott Napier. Napier, the longtime mandolin player for the Lost and Found and one of the newest instructors at the Kentucky […]


Waltz Collection – Butch Waller

| December 14, 2015 | 1 Comment

Butch Waller’s Waltz Collection (Big Chicken Records, BC 102) is a recently release, an EP length collection of six of his own compositions played by the mandolin ace accompanied by an excellent cast of north Californian bluegrass musicians, some of whom are his band-mates in High […]


Hamilton County Ramblers

| December 14, 2015 | 0 Comments

Hamilton County Ramblers are a relatively new bluegrass group, based in Chattanooga, TN, and composed of veteran bluegrass performers with a wide range in age and interests. What they share is what matters, however: a passion for thoughtful, contemporary bluegrass played with precision and authority. Hearing […]


Doug Flowers and Friends

| December 10, 2015 | 0 Comments

After three decades spent playing with regionally-based artists, and stints with the Little Roy and Lizzy Show and the Clinton Gregory Band, Georgia-based mandolin player Doug Flowers has recently released Doug Flowers and Friends, filled with a number of his own original compositions alongside bluegrass […]


Carter’s Creek Christmas – Ron Block

| December 1, 2015 | 0 Comments

Ron Block has had a productive 2015. In addition to his first-ever full length banjo instrumental CD, Hogan’s House Of Music, he has just released a short-form EP of holiday music, Carter’s Creek Christmas. Here the focus is on familiar carols and hymns, also performed instrumentally, covering […]