Category: Reviews

Southern Ohio Indoor Music Festival 2016

| November 15, 2016 | 0 Comments

For over 5 decades, Southern Ohio has been a hotbed for bluegrass music, tracing back to the briarhoppers heading north for the industrial boom of the ’50s and ’60s. Supporting a family sometimes meant leaving your native mountains for the city, but these folks brought […]


Most Welcome – Branded Bluegrass

| November 14, 2016 | 0 Comments

Wilson Pickins Promotions has been adding bands to its roster like wildfire throughout 2016, creating a lineup of up-and-coming groups whose sound falls mostly in the modern traditional vein. Branded Bluegrass signed on with Wilson Pickins earlier this year, just in time for the release […]


Mountain Voodoo – Balsam Range

| November 11, 2016 | 0 Comments

When Balsam Range came onto the scene in 2007, we all knew this Haywood County band would quickly become a major name in our beloved bluegrass world. It wasn’t because they were instrumental and vocal heavyweights—that’s common in our world; it was because they had […]


Somewhere in the Middle – Robert Mabe

| November 10, 2016 | 0 Comments

I wasn’t sure what to expect upon encountering a bluegrass album that featured an “intro” and “outro” on the track listing. Would there be spoken word tracks? Some kind of wild and crazy instrumentation? Was this a bluegrass opera and I just hadn’t realized it? […]


A Distant Horizon – Jeff Brown & Still Lonesome

| November 9, 2016 | 0 Comments

A Distant Horizon, the new album from southwest Virginia’s Jeff Brown & Still Lonesome, proves at least one thing: the band takes its name to heart. Many of the songs here contemplate loss – of chances, of a home, and of life, to name a […]


O’Connor Band at the City Winery

| November 8, 2016 | 0 Comments

Last night, O’Connor Band performed at Nashville’s City Winery, and the stars of Music City’s bluegrass scene came out to enjoy the show. Our own Terry Herd was in the audience, and he sent along a few photos and some comments about the show. It […]


The Road Back Home – Tony Rook

| November 4, 2016 | 0 Comments

With so many subgenres and genre mixes and edge-of-this-or-that’s out there, sometimes it’s nice to just sit back and listen to straight-ahead bluegrass with a prominent five string and songs of heartbreak, hard work, and the mountains. That’s just about exactly what listeners get with The […]


A Life That’s Good – The Hinson Girls

| November 3, 2016 | 0 Comments

There are plenty of brother acts in bluegrass, but sister groups have been a little harder to come by. Enter The Hinson Girls, four sisters in their late teens and early twenties, from Lancaster, SC. The girls have been performing bluegrass and Gospel music together […]


Bluegrass Outlaws debut album

| October 25, 2016 | 0 Comments

Several years ago, a sibling band based out of Florida took the bluegrass world by storm when they won the 2012 SPGBMA Band Competition and set off on a powerful career that recently earned them a number of IBMA Awards, including Song of the Year […]


Here I Am – Rebekah Long

| October 24, 2016 | 0 Comments

Rebekah Long has chalked up an impressive bluegrass resume over the past decade despite often staying behind the scenes. Long was one of the first graduates of Glenville State College’s bluegrass program, and spent time playing bass with both Valerie Smith & Liberty Smith and […]