Category: Reviews

Mike Bentley & Cumberland Gap Connection

| May 13, 2016 | 0 Comments

In recent years, country music fans who can’t stand today’s rap-infused “bro-country” sound have found a home in bluegrass. Many modern traditional groups sample from both the songs and sounds of ’80s and ’90s country, while many male and female vocalists alike have adopted the […]


Right Beside You – Jeff White

| May 2, 2016 | 0 Comments

I’ve been grinning like a possum when I hear Stringbean’s Run Little Rabbit Run on Sirius/XM, from Jeff White’s Right Beside You. It’s a blistering traditional bluegrass treatment of one of String’s “big hits”. The CD arrived in the mailbox, and as I hoped, the […]


Into the Blue – Davis Bradley

| April 29, 2016 | 0 Comments

For every headlining, nationally touring, IBMA Award-winning group out there, there are a dozen local or regional bluegrass acts keeping the roads hot and the little clubs and community centers packed. In the northern Virginia area, one of those groups is Davis Bradley, a new-ish […]


Ashleigh Caudill soars with Looney Bird

| April 25, 2016 | 0 Comments

If you don’t know the music of Ashleigh Caudill or know her mostly as an upright bass player with impeccable timing, her new CD Looney Bird will come as a pleasant surprise. If you already know the work of the Nashville picker and songwriter, you’ll […]


What Goes Up – Deer Creek Boys

| April 20, 2016 | 0 Comments

The Deer Creek Boys may appear to be 2016’s overnight success story, based on the likely success of their Mountain Fever debut project, What Goes Up, but this energetic and youthful group has been together now going on 18 years. And despite periods of relative […]


Corea and Fleck Sear the Sky and Leave Their Mark

| April 18, 2016 | 0 Comments

Like two comets, tails a-blazing, chasing each other around the galaxy, dancing, jousting, and matter mixing to create something totally anew, Béla Fleck and Chick Corea jolted the Earth further upright on its axis and stunned the Boston crowd on April 10th with their mesmerizing […]


Del and Woody – a review

| April 18, 2016 | 0 Comments

Great songwriting teams are an alchemy of negotiated creativity. Regardless of how the team works, an agreement must be struck between the two as to what aspect of a song takes precedence: words or music. Sometimes the teams easily agree on where to strike the […]


Becky Buller at The Emelin Theater

| April 12, 2016 | 0 Comments

If Becky Buller is modern bluegrass, then I approve. I attended her show at the Emelin Theater in Mamaroneck, NY last Friday (4/8) with a friend, out of curiosity. I like Becky’s new album ‘Tween Earth and Sky. I wondered if she could do those […]


Something Out of the Blue – The Rice-Menzone Alliance

| April 11, 2016 | 0 Comments

I’m usually excited to see new groupings of my favorite musicians, if just for the chance to hear what artists who normally don’t play together sound like when they do. The Rice-Menzone Alliance, a new duo from Mountain Fever’s ever-growing roster of artists, pairs well-known […]


Section House – A Collection of Instrumentals

| April 7, 2016 | 0 Comments

Back in 1995, an unexpected event triggered one of the most successful instrumental bluegrass series in history. Guitarist Clay Jones recorded an album of scorching fiddle tunes with a group of his friends for Pinecastle Records. But after it was completed, he slipped into one of his periodic […]