• Friday at Christmas in the Smokies ’17

    Friday at Christmas in the Smokies combined young bluegrass musicians and a legend in the music. The day opened with Salt and Light, the Moore Family Band. The siblings range from twenty one years of age down to eleven. They

  • Thursday at Christmas in the Smokies

    Lorraine Jordan opened Thursday at Christmas in the Smokies as the MC. She and Tim White have been sharing the duties. Lorraine’s father, Royce, is usually the emcee, but is home with a case of pneumonia. We all need to

  • Christmas in the Smokies 2016

    The fires in Gatlinburg have been extinguished, but the flame of hope still burns brightly. This year’s edition of Christmas in the Smokies, presented by Lorraine Jordan and Carolina Road, kicked off Wednesday afternoon. Lorraine announced that the festival will

  • Al Ras Bluegrass Festival 2016

    This review of the Al Ras Bluegrass Festival is a contribution from Spanish banjoist, educator, and composer, Lluis Gomez. The fifteenth edition of Al Ras Bluegrass Festival took place this November in Barcelona and Mollet del Vallès (Barcelona, Spain). Al Ras is the

  • Heidi & Ryan… worth the wait

    For this reviewer, the most anticipated album of 2016 has been this self-titled, debut project from Heidi & Ryan on Mountain Fever Records. It's been on my mind since I first saw them perform live at the SPBGMA convention in

  • Colors & Crossroads – Sideline

    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

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