Category: Reviews

Pre War Dobros examined in new book

| July 21, 2014 | 0 Comments

As is true for most students of the bluegrass instruments, resonator guitarists are especially enamored of the instruments made just prior to the US entry into WWII. In the late 1930s and early ’40s, almost all of the reso-guitars were being made by a pair of […]


Country Livin’ – The Easy Ramblers

| July 21, 2014 | 0 Comments

As much as the popular media might want us to, all bluegrass fans don’t live in an old homeplace in the Blue Ridge Mountains. However, that doesn’t mean that those images don’t stay popular in this style of music. Some of the best bluegrass songs […]


Flatt Lonesome, Too

| July 18, 2014 | 3 Comments

The bluegrass world was turned on its ears last January following the debut album of a bunch of young people from Florida. Flatt Lonesome won SPBGMA’s band competition in 2012,  and nabbed a nomination for IBMA’s Emerging Artist of the Year in 2013, an impressive feat […]


Rachel Burge & Blue Dawning

| July 18, 2014 | 0 Comments

West Virginia singer, songwriter, and mandolinist, Rachel Burge, first came to our attention as a member of No One You Know, a bluegrass group formerly based in the Mountaineer State. Their clever band name served them well in generating curiosity, one that may have been based on the […]


Somewhere Far Away – Bradford Lee Folk

| July 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

In the 1960’s, country star Hank Snow sang “I’ve been everywhere, man.” Although Bradford Lee Folk didn’t include that song on his recent album Somewhere Far Away, his background gives him a legitimate claim to it. Folk was born in Louisiana, raised in Missouri, moved […]


Tim Stafford Steps Out

| July 15, 2014 | 0 Comments

So much of Tim Stafford’s identity is wrapped up in Blue Highway, his musical home for the last two decades. He’s one terrific songwriter, singer and picker, but in that setting he’s surrounded by a bandful of them who share the spotlight. On Just to […]


Sunday Morning Revelations – A Room for Jesus

| July 13, 2014 | 0 Comments

Tom Travis is a long-standing and very well respected member of the British bluegrass music fraternity. He is also a practicing Christian who specializes in the traditional styles of the genre.  So, it is natural for Travis to sing and record bluegrass Gospel music. A […]


Hard Core Bluegrass – Al Jones

| July 9, 2014 | 0 Comments

I’m not sure if a bluegrass album has ever been more appropriately titled than Hard Core Bluegrass, the latest project from Al Jones & The Spruce Mountain Boys on the Patuxent Music label. Jones is the remaining portion of the famed duo, Al Jones and Frank […]


Bright Munde from Alan Munde and Billy Bright

| July 8, 2014 | 0 Comments

New music from Alan Munde is always good news for followers of adventurous five string banjo playing, and his latest, Bright Munde, a set of banjo/mandolin duets with Billy Bright, is another cause for rejoicing. It’s not likely that many readers spent hundreds of hours […]


For a Season – Matt Wallace

| July 8, 2014 | 0 Comments

One of the latest sidemen to make a solo debut is bass player Matt Wallace. A Knoxville, TN native who has done stints with Newton & Thomas, Paul Williams & the Victory Trio, David Parmley & Continental Divide, and Audie Blaylock & Redline, among others, […]