Category: Reviews

Year Of The Dog – Grant Gordy and Ross Martin

| November 30, 2016 | 0 Comments

Fans of flatpicking guitar are as inclined to find the two guitar duo as the ideal place to practice their art as they are the fuller sound of a full bluegrass band. The lead lines don’t have to fight against a full rhythm section to be […]


Colors & Crossroads – Sideline

| November 21, 2016 | 0 Comments

Though Sideline was originally formed as a side project for several prominent musicians during the winter bluegrass off-season, the group has become a full-fledged touring and recording act. There have been a few changes to the band’s lineup, but they’ve maintained a driving, traditional sound […]


The Banjo Files – Jacob Underwood

| November 18, 2016 | 0 Comments

The banjo is arguably the core of bluegrass music. For many folks, it’s the key to whether or not a song or album can be considered bluegrass. I’ve heard many a traditionalist despair that it’s been all downhill since Manzanita. Fear not, fans of Scruggs […]


Over You – Mark Whitt

| November 16, 2016 | 0 Comments

It could be fairly said that all bluegrass music has roots in Kentucky. Even new music created a thousand miles and 70 years away still traces back to the commonwealth that gave its name to the sound that Bill Monroe envisioned in the 1940s. Though […]


Southern Ohio Indoor Music Festival 2016

| November 15, 2016 | 0 Comments

For over 5 decades, Southern Ohio has been a hotbed for bluegrass music, tracing back to the briarhoppers heading north for the industrial boom of the ’50s and ’60s. Supporting a family sometimes meant leaving your native mountains for the city, but these folks brought […]


Most Welcome – Branded Bluegrass

| November 14, 2016 | 0 Comments

Wilson Pickins Promotions has been adding bands to its roster like wildfire throughout 2016, creating a lineup of up-and-coming groups whose sound falls mostly in the modern traditional vein. Branded Bluegrass signed on with Wilson Pickins earlier this year, just in time for the release […]


Mountain Voodoo – Balsam Range

| November 11, 2016 | 0 Comments

When Balsam Range came onto the scene in 2007, we all knew this Haywood County band would quickly become a major name in our beloved bluegrass world. It wasn’t because they were instrumental and vocal heavyweights—that’s common in our world; it was because they had […]


Somewhere in the Middle – Robert Mabe

| November 10, 2016 | 0 Comments

I wasn’t sure what to expect upon encountering a bluegrass album that featured an “intro” and “outro” on the track listing. Would there be spoken word tracks? Some kind of wild and crazy instrumentation? Was this a bluegrass opera and I just hadn’t realized it? […]


A Distant Horizon – Jeff Brown & Still Lonesome

| November 9, 2016 | 0 Comments

A Distant Horizon, the new album from southwest Virginia’s Jeff Brown & Still Lonesome, proves at least one thing: the band takes its name to heart. Many of the songs here contemplate loss – of chances, of a home, and of life, to name a […]


O’Connor Band at the City Winery

| November 8, 2016 | 0 Comments

Last night, O’Connor Band performed at Nashville’s City Winery, and the stars of Music City’s bluegrass scene came out to enjoy the show. Our own Terry Herd was in the audience, and he sent along a few photos and some comments about the show. It […]