Category: Reviews

The Lonesome Trio: Debut at the Birchmere

| June 9, 2015 | 0 Comments

Now, that is what you call a CD release party. Main stage, Birchmere: legendary east coast hub of all things bluegrass. Stand in front of that iconic stage door and come out swinging with a tune as magnetic as Asheville City Skyline and you rightfully […]


Huber Workhorse – a review

| June 8, 2015 | 0 Comments

When Steve Huber introduced his new Workhorse banjo model in 2014, it immediately called Mike Rowe to mind – the guy who’s made a living on TV extolling the virtues of hard work and dirty jobs. The ones that society values – and needs – […]


Cody Shuler’s solo project

| June 2, 2015 | 0 Comments

Bryson City, North Carolina’s Cody Shuler first made his mark in bluegrass with traditionally-based band Pine Mountain Railroad, although his earliest experience was playing mandolin for Raymond Fairchild at the age of 15. His most recent release, a self-titled album from Rural Rhythm, is his […]


Places I’ve Been – Gold Heart

| June 1, 2015 | 0 Comments

Had you been thinking, “I wonder what happened to Gold Heart?” I know I had when I ran into them at the IBMA’s World Of Bluegrass convention last September in Raleigh. Tori Gold, the eldest of the three singing Gold sisters told me that she hears […]


Old Crow Medicine Show in Charlottesville

| May 28, 2015 | 0 Comments

Old Crow Medicine Show showcased some of its roots last Saturday in Charlottesville, where the Nashville based group paid a little homage to their Virginia heritage. This was an early show in Old Crow’s current tour, a tour featuring not only The Devil Makes Three […]


Ralph Peer and the Making of Popular Roots Music

| May 28, 2015 | 0 Comments

Ralph Sylvester Peer is recognized for his part in the July/August 1927 Bristol, Tennessee, recording sessions which introduced Jimmie Rodgers and the Carter Family to the world. In Ralph Peer and the Making of Popular Roots Music, Barry Mazor relates the momentous events of that […]


Chantilly Farm 2015

| May 26, 2015 | 0 Comments

Most bluegrass fans know Floyd, Virginia for its prominence on the Crooked Road music trail, the weekly music shows held at the Floyd Country Store, and for one of the greatest places on earth to buy music, County Sales. However, I predict that very soon […]


2015 Chantilly Bluegrass and BBQ festival

| May 23, 2015 | 0 Comments

While I often attend bluegrass festivals, it’s not often that I’m treated the way I have been this weekend at Chantilly Farm in Floyd, VA. Currently in its 5th year, the Chantilly Bluegrass and BBQ festival is quickly becoming a must-attend for many bluegrass fans […]


Alive! In Concert – Dailey & Vincent

| May 22, 2015 | 0 Comments

The latest release from the Cracker Barrel series of country, bluegrass, and Christian albums is also Dailey & Vincent’s first live album. Alive! In Concert is a fifteen-track collection recorded at the Hylton Performing Arts Center in Manassas, Virginia. The album showcases the duo’s wide […]


All Over the Map – James Leva

| May 15, 2015 | 0 Comments

Traditional musician James Leva has quite an eclectic background. According to his website, he holds a Ph.D. in French Literature, has composed music for and performed in plays around the world, and has performed and recorded with artists from almost every traditional style imaginable, including […]