Category: Reviews

Hillbilly Gypsies Sing of Home in West Virginia

| January 12, 2015 | 0 Comments

If you ever get the chance, see the Hillbilly Gypsies live. You’ll want to hear them, too, of course, but you’ll be in for a real treat when you watch them. They are masters of the single microphone style, with the awards to prove it. […]


Laurie Lewis and Kathy Kallick Sing the Songs of Vern & Ray

| January 7, 2015 | 0 Comments

Hard-core bluegrass duo Vern Williams and Ray Park, from Arkansas, were a tremendous influence on bluegrass music in California. Ever since meeting in 1959 they brought the sounds of the Ozarks to the west coast playing concert and dance halls, radio and television. They played […]


Richie and Rosie Bring Down the House

| December 30, 2014 | 0 Comments

There is nothing like a house concert. Be warmly greeted by excited hosts, nab some cheese and crackers, grab a seat (heck, the staircase can be prime real estate) and settle in for a casual, intimate musical retreat. On December 6th in a Washington, D.C. living […]


Going My Way – Johnny Williams

| December 30, 2014 | 0 Comments

When the top traditional bluegrass singers are named, you expect to hear Larry Sparks mentioned, and James King. Perhaps Danny Paisley as well, and Junior Sisk. But a name you don’t hear often enough is Johnny Williams, who can throw down the lonesome with the […]


Bourbon Barrel Congress

| December 29, 2014 | 0 Comments

On their website. Staunton, Virginia-based band Bourbon Barrel Congress describes their sound as one that “blurs the lines between bluegrass, old-time, folk and country music.” It’s a good description, at least of their debut, self-titled album, which bounces from old-time fiddle tune to mournful Americana […]


On A Winter’s Night – John Reischman & The Jaybirds

| December 24, 2014 | 0 Comments

John Reischman & The Jaybirds are among the most unique and distinctive string bands working on the bluegrass scene today. Part of that comes the many folk and old time influences that are apparent in their music, as opposed to the impact that pop and country have […]


J.D. Crowe Tribute Band in KY

| December 22, 2014 | 0 Comments

Although I was able to see most of the 1990s and 2000s versions of J.D. Crowe & the New South, I never got the chance to attend a performance by what many people consider the classic lineups of the New South – the 1970s groups […]


Blue – Mountain Faith

| December 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

It’s a plain fact that Gospel music has always been a part of the bluegrass tradition. From the earliest days, Bill Monroe, Flatt & Scruggs, and The Stanley Brothers incorporated spirituals and hymns into their stage and radio shows, typically performed without banjo or fiddle […]


In the Wind Somewhere – Richard Bennett

| December 16, 2014 | 0 Comments

Although I’ve heard quite a few great albums this year, from both new and established artists, one of the strongest and most enjoyable is the newest release from Richard Bennett, In the Wind Somewhere. On this, his second project for eastern Kentucky’s Lonesome Day Records, […]


Nashville – The Osborne Brothers

| December 11, 2014 | 0 Comments

Although today, the Osborne Brothers are often recognized as symbols of traditional bluegrass, during much of their recording career, they were some of the most adventurous artists in the bluegrass world. They were using country instruments – electric bass, drums, steel guitar, piano – before […]