Category: Reviews

All Over the Map – James Leva

| May 15, 2015 | 0 Comments

Traditional musician James Leva has quite an eclectic background. According to his website, he holds a Ph.D. in French Literature, has composed music for and performed in plays around the world, and has performed and recorded with artists from almost every traditional style imaginable, including […]


Heartstrings – The Trinity River Band

| May 13, 2015 | 0 Comments

Family bands have long been a staple in bluegrass music. From Lewis to Cherryholmes, family harmony has always been celebrated in our genre of music. Much of the fascination with musical families begins pre-bluegrass with Bill Monroe and his brother, Charlie Monroe. The Monroe Brothers […]


Old Pal – Jamie Harper

| May 12, 2015 | 0 Comments

The sideman project has become a staple of the bluegrass recording world, in a way that doesn’t even exist in most of the popular music industry. Can you imagine Miranda Lambert’s bass player expecting her to sing a couple of songs on his solo project, […]


Baby Blue Eyes – Ashley Lilly with The Songcatchers and Friends

| May 6, 2015 | 0 Comments

Young song thrush Ashley Lilly has gradually eased herself to the forefront of The Songcatchers and this is even more apparent with the release of the band’s new CD Baby Blue Eyes on Friday, May 1, 2015. Ashley describes what’s on offer, “It is pretty […]


The Coast – Wood & Wire

| April 22, 2015 | 0 Comments

Austin, Texas-based band Wood & Wire, which has recently released its second full-length album, The Coast, is one of the most energetic young bluegrass bands I’ve heard recently. Their music is an interesting combination of rough and polished, where solid instrumentation mixed with frenetic picking […]


Traveling Show – Songs From The Road Band

| April 21, 2015 | 0 Comments

Traveling Show is the third album from the aptly-named Songs From The Road Band, which is a side project led by Charles Humphrey III, the bassist for Steep Canyon Rangers. This project is a testament to one of the unique traits that makes bluegrass so […]


How To Write A Banjo Concerto comes to VOD

| April 20, 2015 | 0 Comments

Finally! The 2014 film How To Write A Banjo Concerto, which follows Béla Fleck through the process of conceiving and composing The Imposter, is being released to video on demand. Starting tomorrow, April 21, viewers will be able to watch the movie through iTunes, Amazon, Vimeo […]


Purely Instrumental – Johnny Warren & Charlie Cushman

| April 17, 2015 | 0 Comments

So what appears in my mailbox this week but a pre-release copy of Johnny & Charlie’s latest salute to the great instrumental sound of Flatt & Scruggs! Glory Hallelujah Land! Same band as their 2011 Tribute to Paul Warren Vol. 2:  Del McCoury, Jerry Douglas, […]


reNew – Pat Flynn

| April 16, 2015 | 0 Comments

Every so often a recording gets by us. It may be that we didn’t receive a copy, or sometimes one just gets lost in the shuffle among the dozens of CDs we get each month. One such case is reNew, the 2014 project from Pat Flynn. Most […]


Different Shade of Blue – New River Bluegrass

| April 13, 2015 | 0 Comments

Since their beginnings a decade ago, upstate South Carolina’s New River Bluegrass has focused on bluegrass Gospel music, even hitting number one on the Singing News bluegrass chart in 2013 with When I Look Back Down the Road from their Pisgah Ridge-released album Heart on […]