Category: Reviews

Adkins & Loudermilk

| March 18, 2015 | 0 Comments

Adkins & Loudermilk hit with a bang when they announced their partnership back in November of 2013, with reverberations sounding across bluegrass music. Edgar Loudermilk left his position on bass and harmony vocals with IIIrd Tyme Out, and Dave Adkins dissolved his own band to […]


Band of Ruhks: Old Pals, New Music

| March 17, 2015 | 0 Comments

Who cares that geezer rocker Steven Tyler is making a country record? We’ve got real reason to celebrate: Ronnie Bowman made a new bluegrass record! Bowman, who has spent most of his time in country music since leaving the Lonesome River Band in 2001, has […]


Never Just A Song – Shannon and Heather Slaughter

| March 16, 2015 | 0 Comments

Twice before we have raved about recordings from Shannon and Heather Slaughter. The first was actually for Shannon’s solo album, The Sideman Steps Out, on which she was prominently featured, and the second, One More Road, their first duet album with their band, County Clare. […]


Photos from Newell Lodge

| March 16, 2015 | 0 Comments

The March edition of the Newell Lodge Bluegrass Festival in Folkston, GA kicked off Thursday evening with an open stage which featured Clint Wilson and Brandon Bostic. The evening’s show was given by two popular local bands – The King Family and Big Cypress Bluegrass. Harvin […]


Rail River & Road – Nightflyer

| March 12, 2015 | 0 Comments

Ohio-based band Nightflyer has named their second album Rail River & Road – a fitting name that neatly sums up the themes of the majority of the thirteen songs within. They sample from a number of popular bluegrass songwriters here, choosing tracks that lean pretty […]


180 Proof – Grandpa’s Cough Medicine

| March 11, 2015 | 0 Comments

The last we heard from Grandpa’s Cough Medicine was with their 2012 album, The Murder Chord. It’s title track suggested that a heavy metal chord existed that could induce suburban teens to knock off their parents. They take a similarly irreverent, impertinent and even somewhat […]


Victor Furtado – young old time banjo master

| March 4, 2015 | 0 Comments

Despite the textual paradox, 15 year old Victor Furtado is indeed a master of old time, or clawhammer banjo. He has the various trophies from instrumental competitions within reach of his northern Virginia home to prove it. And if you may infer that contests don’t always […]


The Music of the Stanley Brothers – Gary B Reid

| March 2, 2015 | 0 Comments

I have to declare upfront that I had a peek at an early draft of this book. Also, over the years (from about 1981), I have watched Reid gather together the building materials that have gone towards the writing of The Music of the Stanley Brothers.  […]


Pray For Rain – Blue Mafia

| February 27, 2015 | 0 Comments

Blue Mafia really caught my attention with their 2013 debut CD, My Cold Heart. It boasted of three strong lead singers, and a powerful new songwriting voice, plus the sort of dynamic guitar playing that sets the tracks on fire. Over the past two years, the […]


Brotherhood – The Gibson Brothers

| February 24, 2015 | 0 Comments

In debates surrounding regional chauvinism in the roots of bluegrass music, New York’s Gibson Brothers are often posited as modern exemplars of a sound that isn’t dominated by cultural and musical conventions of the American south. It’s true that their music is based on a brother […]