Category: Reviews

Ladies & Gentlemen – The Infamous Stringdusters

| February 11, 2016 | 0 Comments

The Infamous Stringdusters have always done things their own way. Even in their pre-Dusters days, when they performed as Wheel Hoss, this accomplished group of young pickers had a knack for taking things in a different direction. When their sound began to drift away from […]


Mountain Faith at SPBGMA ’16

| February 8, 2016 | 0 Comments

We had the chance to catch a set from Mountain Faith in their new stage configuration this past weekend at SPBGMA. It was a fast-paced, high-energy show that ran through a combination of the songs from their various albums, the grassified pop songs from their time […]


The Gospel Side of Bill Emerson & Sweet Dixie

| February 2, 2016 | 0 Comments

As a follow-up to 2014’s well-received Dancin’ Annie, Bill Emerson & Sweet Dixie has released a compilation album of the group’s favorite Gospel tracks from their previous albums. The Gospel Side of Bill Emerson & Sweet Dixie pulls from the group’s three previous albums for […]


Weighted Mind – Sierra Hull

| January 29, 2016 | 0 Comments

Can we really be talking about a major artistic shift by an established artist who is only 24 years old? I guess we can if the artist has been recording since she was 12, already has a pair of major label releases under her belt, […]


Got Myself Together (10 years later) – Danny Barnes

| January 27, 2016 | 0 Comments

Texas-born, Seattle-based banjo pioneer Danny Barnes is coming off a good year. Being the sixth person to win the prestigious Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass award—along with its $50,000 —brings the name Danny Barnes up from his dedicated and nearly-cultish underground […]


And Then There’s This… The Grascals

| January 19, 2016 | 0 Comments

It’s always interesting to see what will happen when new members enter a longstanding band that has previously had a relatively static lineup. Will they pick someone who sounds and plays just like the former member? Will they go in an entirely new direction? Or […]


Down Memory Lane – Mark Kuykendall, Bobby Hicks, & Asheville Bluegrass

| January 18, 2016 | 0 Comments

Though western North Carolina has long been known as a hotbed of traditional music, much of the attention has focused on the old-time, mountain styles – ballad singers, string bands, and the like – found throughout the region’s hills and valleys. However, the first release […]


I Want to Go Home – Kevin Pace & the Early Edition

| January 15, 2016 | 0 Comments

One of the most universal themes in bluegrass music is home – particularly, missing it once it’s no longer what it once was. With their latest project, Spokane, Washington-based group Kevin Pace & the Early Edition has built an entire album around that theme. I […]


Leaving Auburndale – Hank Smith

| January 14, 2016 | 0 Comments

Hank Smith, a banjo player from Raleigh, is a busy man. If playing gigs, keeping a steady stream of banjo students, forming a Béla Fleck tribute show, traveling to Wilkes County to study with Jens Kruger, and recently forming a newgrass super-group wasn’t enough, he […]


Miles Between – Unspoken Tradition

| January 12, 2016 | 0 Comments

Miles Between is the second release from Unspoken Tradition, who describe themselves as a working class bluegrass band from North Carolina’s western Piedmont. Like their first album, Simple Little Town, this one offers a blend of original material written within the band, and songs from […]