Category: Reviews

Purely Instrumental – Johnny Warren & Charlie Cushman

| April 17, 2015 | 0 Comments

So what appears in my mailbox this week but a pre-release copy of Johnny & Charlie’s latest salute to the great instrumental sound of Flatt & Scruggs! Glory Hallelujah Land! Same band as their 2011 Tribute to Paul Warren Vol. 2:  Del McCoury, Jerry Douglas, […]


reNew – Pat Flynn

| April 16, 2015 | 0 Comments

Every so often a recording gets by us. It may be that we didn’t receive a copy, or sometimes one just gets lost in the shuffle among the dozens of CDs we get each month. One such case is reNew, the 2014 project from Pat Flynn. Most […]


Different Shade of Blue – New River Bluegrass

| April 13, 2015 | 0 Comments

Since their beginnings a decade ago, upstate South Carolina’s New River Bluegrass has focused on bluegrass Gospel music, even hitting number one on the Singing News bluegrass chart in 2013 with When I Look Back Down the Road from their Pisgah Ridge-released album Heart on […]


Another Bristol Spring Fest remembrance

| April 2, 2015 | 0 Comments

One of my favorite things to do – something I like better than almost anything else – is to attend bluegrass festivals. The great performances, the jamming, the chance to catch up with friends I haven’t seen since the last festival… it all combines for […]


Larry Sparks is the man!

| March 30, 2015 | 0 Comments

Driving home yesterday from the Bristol Bluegrass Spring Fest, I was struck by one overwhelming sentiment. What a joy it is to live in a world where Larry Sparks is a superstar. It may not be true everywhere, everytime – I’m sure Mr. Sparks can make it […]


Friday at Bristol Bluegrass Spring Fest

| March 28, 2015 | 0 Comments

No matter where you may live, it’s always good news when a new bluegrass event launches, just as it feels like the loss of a friend when one closes down. Here in Bristol, Virginia this weekend, we’re watching the first iteration of a new festival, the […]


Wherever I Wander – Snyder Family Band

| March 27, 2015 | 0 Comments

How often do we discover bright young talent in family bands? The dynamic seems to entice and encourage the growth of budding pickers, who often develop rapidly in this supportive environment. It seems we never lack for examples, and here’s another. The Snyder Family has […]


Adkins & Loudermilk

| March 18, 2015 | 0 Comments

Adkins & Loudermilk hit with a bang when they announced their partnership back in November of 2013, with reverberations sounding across bluegrass music. Edgar Loudermilk left his position on bass and harmony vocals with IIIrd Tyme Out, and Dave Adkins dissolved his own band to […]


Band of Ruhks: Old Pals, New Music

| March 17, 2015 | 0 Comments

Who cares that geezer rocker Steven Tyler is making a country record? We’ve got real reason to celebrate: Ronnie Bowman made a new bluegrass record! Bowman, who has spent most of his time in country music since leaving the Lonesome River Band in 2001, has […]


Never Just A Song – Shannon and Heather Slaughter

| March 16, 2015 | 0 Comments

Twice before we have raved about recordings from Shannon and Heather Slaughter. The first was actually for Shannon’s solo album, The Sideman Steps Out, on which she was prominently featured, and the second, One More Road, their first duet album with their band, County Clare. […]