Category: Reviews

Croweology – Rickey Wasson

| September 2, 2016 | 0 Comments

Has bluegrass music gotten better over its somewhat brief 70 year history? I’m not talking about how the music that is categorized as bluegrass has expanded over this time, and how people may feel about that, but about the core essence of what seminal artists […]


Deep Waters – Lonely Heartstring Band

| August 19, 2016 | 0 Comments

Deep Waters, the debut Rounder project for The Lonely Heartstring Band, may well be a precursor of what bluegrass music will sound like in the future. In a way I’ve yet to see accomplished as successfully before, they manage to incorporate a more complex harmonic […]


Dig In The Dirt – The Farm Hands

| August 18, 2016 | 0 Comments

Even if you’re not that familiar with The Farm Hands, you’ve probably heard their recent single, Dig in the Dirt, which has one of the catchiest choruses I’ve heard lately. The song, which is the title track from the group’s latest album, has found quite […]


Hi-Fi Bluegrass – High Fidelity

| August 16, 2016 | 0 Comments

Awake, ye lovers of traditional bluegrass music and take heed. For released to you this year is High Fidelity, a young band that plays and sings it in the old time way. Few things are more remarkable to me than a group of musicians who […]


Georgia Maple – Edgar Loudermilk

| August 15, 2016 | 0 Comments

To many bluegrass fans, Edgar Loudermilk is likely best known for his solid bass skills, particularly thanks to his long tenure with bluegrass favorites IIIrd Tyme Out. However, over the past few years, Loudermilk has begun to come into his own as a vocalist and […]


Susie’s Cause Bluegrass-Folk Festival takes care of us

| August 11, 2016 | 0 Comments

The Susan Cohan Colon Cancer Foundation takes care of people. That’s what it does. And, that is what it did on July 30th during the Susie’s Cause 2nd Annual Bluegrass-Folk Festival at Oregon Ridge Park in Cockeyesville, Maryland. The venue could not have been better. […]


Intellitouch PT10 and PT40 tuners

| August 10, 2016 | 0 Comments

OnBoard Research has sent us two of their new tuners to check out, and they are marvelous little devices. If you’ve been around stringed instruments twenty years or so, you’ll recall the excitement when they introduced the clip-on Intellitouch tuner concept in 1997. These slender, rectangular tuning […]


Kristy Cox’s Part of Me

| August 8, 2016 | 0 Comments

Every once in a while, a music project catches me completely off guard. Kristy Cox’s Part of Me, on Pisgah Ridge Records, is one of those projects, stacking up so far as one of my favorite recordings of the year. Part of the attraction is […]


RockyGrass 2016 – Day 1

| August 4, 2016 | 0 Comments

The 44th annual RockyGrass festival was held last weekend in Lyons, CO. Surrounded by the beautiful Rocky Mountains, fans enjoyed the best in bluegrass for three straight days. These are my reflections and opinions as a first time RockyGrass attendee. RockyGrass!! One of the items […]


David Parmley & Cardinal Tradition

| July 29, 2016 | 0 Comments

He’s baaaaaaaack……. David Parmley, a hero to fans of the Flatt & Scruggs style of traditional bluegrass music, has finally returned to touring and recording. As the lead singer for The Bluegrass Cardinals in the 1970s and ’80s, David helped establish a standard for baritone […]