Category: Reviews

Spruce Pine Festival: A Hidden Gem in the North Carolina Mountains

| July 23, 2015 | 1 Comment
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Nestled on a hillside in historic downtown Spruce Pine, N.C., my companion and I enjoyed some of the best bluegrass music, food and small town atmosphere I’ve encountered. Now in its fourth year, the Spruce Pine Barbecue Championship and Bluegrass Festival held July 17–18 featured […]

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Red Wing Roots 2015

| July 22, 2015 | 0 Comments
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When standing beneath the monumental Natural Chimneys (120 foot limestone pillars and the only remaining evidence that this part of the world was once completely undersea) in Mount Solon, Virginia, it’s hard to imagine a more beautiful location for a music festival. That’s just one […]

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Friday at Grey Fox 2015

| July 22, 2015 | 0 Comments
Courtney Hartmann with Della Mae at Grey Fox 2015 - photo by Tara Linhardt

Friday at Grey Fox was another action-packed day. One of the hardest things about this festival is deciding what to do with so many great activities happening at the same time. There were workshops on dance, songwriting, and all kinds of instruments. Then there was the huge […]

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Abby Hollander Band

| July 21, 2015 | 0 Comments
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The Abby Hollander Band is a bluegrass outfit based in Brooklyn, NY. Yes… they have them there. Abby plays bass, sings lead, and writes most of the band’s material. She’s gone the opposite route of many New York musicians, moving from her native Woodstock to […]

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Thursday at Grey Fox 2015

| July 21, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Well, this last weekend was another stupendous Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival in beautiful Oak Hill, New York – one of the best-run festivals in the country, in my opinion. There are plenty of ideas that festivals around the country can learn from this well-oiled machine. It is […]

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Lessons Learned – Ronnie Reno

| July 16, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Fans these days might best recognize Ronnie Reno from his television show on RFD-TV, Reno’s Old Time Music, where he spotlights numerous classic and contemporary bluegrass and country artists, or simply from the fact that he is the legendary Don Reno’s son. However, many folks […]

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Photos from Norris Creek 2015

| July 14, 2015 | 0 Comments
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This report and photos from the inaugural Norris Creek Pig Pickin’ festival is a contribution from Laura Tate Ridge. When I am attending a Bluegrass festival, there aren’t many instances when I roll up to the gate to find the promoter of the festival greeting […]

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Back to the Roots – Rusty Nail Crossing

| July 13, 2015 | 0 Comments
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It’s a familiar story in the bluegrass world: dad gets interested in bluegrass music, then mom joins in, as well. Soon, the kids want instruments of their own, and before you know it, there’s a family band in the works. Sometimes it stays more of […]

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The Road’s Not Easy – Ash Breeze

| July 13, 2015 | 0 Comments
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We’ve had our eye on the talented Smith family from Fayetteville, NC for some time. They captured our attention initially performing as a family group, The Smith Family, when oldest brother Corey released the first of his two Generation Bluegrass films in 2012, highlighting the […]

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Tommy: A Bluegrass Opry – The Hillbenders

| July 9, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Do you have to be a fan of the original rock opera, Tommy, to enjoy The Hillbenders’ bluegrass tribute? After having a good listen to Tommy: A Bluegrass Opry, I’d say, “no,” but it helps. For anyone over 50 years old, the original was an […]

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