Category: Reviews

Brotherhood – The Gibson Brothers

| February 24, 2015 | 0 Comments

In debates surrounding regional chauvinism in the roots of bluegrass music, New York’s Gibson Brothers are often posited as modern exemplars of a sound that isn’t dominated by cultural and musical conventions of the American south. It’s true that their music is based on a brother […]


Snapshots – Darin & Brooke Aldridge

| February 20, 2015 | 0 Comments

Largely thanks to cheerful love songs like Corn, Lonely Ends Where Love Begins, and That’s Just Me Loving You, husband and wife duo Darin and Brooke Aldridge have become known as the “Sweethearts of Bluegrass.” While there are a few love songs on their latest […]


That Was Then – Springfield Exit

| February 18, 2015 | 0 Comments

One of my biggest gripes as a lover of bluegrass music is to hear terrific picking and singing on a CD only to hear that the band in question can’t replicate that sound – or even come close – on the stage. Such bands would […]


Times Are Not What They Used To Be – Poor Valley Girls

| February 13, 2015 | 0 Comments

The Carter Family is almost ubiquitous in every variety of traditional music – and even some more mainstream genres. It’s difficult to find a bluegrass, folk, or old-time musician who hasn’t recorded a song the Carters made famous, and artists like Carter in-law Johnny Cash […]


Fiddlin’ Billy Hurt – all the fiddle you can handle

| February 12, 2015 | 0 Comments

I suppose I should admit to a bias right up front. Billy Hurt, Jr. is a good friend of mine, and one of my favorite fiddlers in all of bluegrass and old time music. We’ve played a lot of music together, talked a lot more, […]


Introducing Cardboard Fox

| February 11, 2015 | 0 Comments

Bath, England is the latest foreign locale to contribute a group to the international bluegrass scene. Acoustic quartet Cardboard Fox has recently released its debut, self-titled EP. A collection of four band originals, the EP offers listeners a brief taste of the band’s bluegrass-tinged folk […]


Live at the Old Feed Store – Chris Jones & the Night Drivers

| February 10, 2015 | 0 Comments

Live albums usually fall in one of two camps. Sometimes, even with the most talented bands, the songs come off flat and lifeless, perhaps thanks to the musicians taking too much care to sound ‘perfect.’ Other times, the recording perfectly captures the energy and groove […]


The School of Bluegrass is ‘In Session’

| February 5, 2015 | 0 Comments

Contrary to popular belief, East Tennessee State University and other centers of higher learning which feature academic courses in bluegrass music are not “The School of Bluegrass.” That distinction undoubtedly belongs to hall of famer, Doyle Lawson, and his band, Quicksilver. Many of the top bluegrass […]


Daniel Greeson – 15 Fiddle Tunes

| February 2, 2015 | 0 Comments

The latest release from Patuxent Records’ astounding youth movement is a self-titled fiddle album from Jamestown, NC bowman Daniel Greeson. For a musician not yet 18 years old, Mr. Greeson displays a remarkable command of bluegrass fiddle, and of the classic tunes and sterling players […]


Grass Roots Project – Eric and Ben Marshall

| January 28, 2015 | 0 Comments

It’s probably pretty safe to say that many of today’s bluegrass musicians first learned to play, or at least to appreciate, bluegrass music from a family member. Some of the latest evidence of this is the father-son duo of Eric and Ben Marshall, who hail […]