This year’s World of Bluegrass in Raleigh was chock full of highlights, but few that we experienced in the Bluegrass Today press office can match this delightful interview Tara Linhardt conducted with Yasushi and Hisashi Ozaki on Thursday afternoon following their acceptance of a Distinguished Achievement Award for the East Mountain Boys. Their discussion of learning to play bluegrass in occupied Japan is priceless.
Tara Linhardt is a music educator, recording artist and independent film producer in Loudon County, VA. She has a Masters in Education and has been performing and teaching traditional music for years both privately and in festivals, workshops, and traditional music camps such as the Traditions Week at McDaniel College in Westminster, MD and the Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival. Tara also holds the Guinness Book World's Record for organizing the Largest Mandolin Ensemble in the history of the world!
Fans of Sierra Hull and Alison Krauss who have been waiting impatiently for new albums from their favorite ethereal-voiced songstresses may be able to find a fix in the new album from Ashley Lewis. Lewis, a mandolin player and singer whose combination of delicate yet […]
A couple of things come quickly to mind while listening to Dancin’ Annie, the new Rural Rhythm release from Bill Emerson & Sweet Dixie. The first is that the passage of time hasn’t slowed one of bluegrass music’s steadiest banjo pickers. He still covers the […]
“If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” That’s the type of approach Tom Feller and Chris Hill took on their sophomore album, Here Comes Feller & Hill… Again! Following the success of their self-titled debut, Feller & Hill are back, with more of the same. Tom […]
For his debut solo album, North Carolina banjo man Andy Lowe could have taken the easy route and released a solid collection of Scruggs tunes, mixed in with a few originals and vocal numbers. He certainly has the banjo skills to handle it. Instead, Lowe […]
On This Day …. On 16 April circa 1938, Delia Bell (nee Delia Nowell) was born in Bonham, Texas. As a child Bell relocated to Hugo, Oklahoma, and, inspired by the bluegrass music of the Stanley Brothers and Bill Monroe, she began singing in her […]
Bill Evans and I met up one morning at this year’s Folk Alliance in Kansas City, Missouri. He had just finished teaching beginner banjo to a handful of workshop attendees. Folk Alliance has added a free, and might I add, robust lineup of instrumental workshops to their conference. […]
This month’s edition of Artist2Artist finds Lisa in discussion with vocalist John Cowan of Newgrass Revival fame, who supplements his solo career touring with The Doobie Brothers. Her complete interview can be heard in the podcast below. If you are the type who regularly taps into […]
On This Day …. On February 27, 1967, Carolyn Routh, lead vocalist and bass player for Nu-Blu, was born in Siler City, North Carolina. Ms Routh has loved music for as long as she can remember. She started singing at church and was always involved […]