Category: Reviews

Southern Crescent – Town Mountain

| March 29, 2016 | 0 Comments

Asheville’s Town Mountain finds some Louisiana groove on their new release, Southern Crescent. It’s hard to find a list of “Best Places To Live” that does not have Asheville, NC on it. The people, the community, the arts, the Blue Ridge Mountains: all combine to keep […]


Last Night, Tomorrow – The Dappled Grays

| March 28, 2016 | 0 Comments

The Dappled Grays, an Atlanta-based band that has been together for just over sixteen years, is the kind of group that doesn’t let stylistic boundaries confine them. They call themselves a bluegrass band, and they are a bluegrass band – traditionalists, be sure to note […]


Bright Star – Love, Loss, Laughs, and Bluegrass?

| March 25, 2016 | 0 Comments

One hot new Broadway musical, complete with banjos, mandolins, fiddles and the like, is called Bright Star. It incorporates old timey and bluegrassy music and instruments in a story that takes place in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. Weaving between 1945 and 1923, the play examines the interconnectedness of […]


Back to the Mountains – Po’ Ramblin’ Boys

| March 23, 2016 | 0 Comments

The debut album from the Po’ Ramblin’ Boys, Back to the Mountains, is music for people like my dad. Old school bluegrass fans, who grew up on Flatt & Scruggs and the Stanleys, who believe that Bill Monroe set the rules for bluegrass music and […]


Audience wins at 2016 Mid-Atlantic Bluegrass Band Contest

| March 22, 2016 | 1 Comment

Colebrook Road from Camp Hill, Pennsylvania, took top prize at Sunday’s D.C. Bluegrass Union’s Mid-Atlantic Bluegrass Band Contest: a fantastic event held at the Strathmore’s Amp just outside of the District of Columbia. Colebrook Road won over the judges and the packed house with their […]


Once Upon A Time – Circa Blue

| March 21, 2016 | 0 Comments

Once Upon A Time, the latest release from West Virginia’s Circa Blue on Orange Blossom Records, is without question their most ambitious and artistically successful recording to date. And it’s a testament to the dedication and perseverance of Steve Harris, guitarist and vocalist with the […]


Tony Trischka and “The Green Flash Banjo” Illuminate Hilo, Hawaii

| March 21, 2016 | 0 Comments

This review of a recent Tony Trischka concert is a contribution from Jack Tottle. When Tony Trischka steps into the spotlight at the East Hawaii Cultural Center in Hilo, Hawaii, the first thing that grabs the audience is his banjo. The entire length of the fingerboard blazes […]


Bridging The Tradition – Lonesome River Band

| March 18, 2016 | 0 Comments

How do keep a band sounding fresh after nearly 35 years as a bluegrass institution? Strong new material certainly helps, as does bringing in some youth from time to time. That seems to be the formula Lonesome River Band is following, based on their strong new […]


Familiar with the Ground – The Boxcars

| March 17, 2016 | 0 Comments

A new release from The Boxcars is, for many bluegrass fans, a time to celebrate. The group is one of the most talented collections of artists currently on the bluegrass circuit, and they generally release extremely tasteful albums with well-rounded selections of songs – many […]


Cold rain comes to Lake Havasu

| March 16, 2016 | 0 Comments

This report on the 14th annual Bluegrass On The Beach festival in Lake Havasu, AZ is a contribution from David VanGelder. While the blizzards and cold from back East may have risen to more spring-like temperatures, there was still no comparison to the mid-eighties breezes and […]