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!
No one likes negativity except those who dish it out, and even those people only like their own negativity. I also hate to be negative on the last Wednesday of May, because you know the old saying, “He who is negative on the last Wednesday […]
Most bluegrass fans know Floyd, Virginia for its prominence on the Crooked Road music trail, the weekly music shows held at the Floyd Country Store, and for one of the greatest places on earth to buy music, County Sales. However, I predict that very soon […]
While I often attend bluegrass festivals, it’s not often that I’m treated the way I have been this weekend at Chantilly Farm in Floyd, VA. Currently in its 5th year, the Chantilly Bluegrass and BBQ festival is quickly becoming a must-attend for many bluegrass fans […]
The latest release from the Cracker Barrel series of country, bluegrass, and Christian albums is also Dailey & Vincent’s first live album. Alive! In Concert is a fifteen-track collection recorded at the Hylton Performing Arts Center in Manassas, Virginia. The album showcases the duo’s wide […]
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 […]
Mac Wiseman, the Voice with the Heart, celebrates his 90th birthday today, Saturday, May 23, 2015. Malcolm B Wiseman began his working life in radio, on Radio WSVA-AM in Harrisonburg, Virginia, when he was on the cusp of leaving his teenage years. There he sang […]
Most musicians have strong memories about the turning points in their careers, and that’s certainly true for octogenarian Fletcher Bright, who says his came in the late 1980s after he’d been performing professionally for more than 40 years with his band, the Dismembered Tennesseans. It […]
On This Day … On May 14, 2005, Jimmy Martin passed away. Ten years ago today, James Henry Martin passed away in Nashville, Tennessee, having been diagnosed with bladder cancer over a year earlier. He was aged 77. The Toronto Star called him “one of the greatest […]
On This Day…… On May 8, 1995, Carroll Best was shot dead by his brother Sam. He was 64 years of age. Hugh Carroll Best Jr, from the Crabtree community of Haywood County, North Carolina, was a master of the melodic or fiddle-style of playing […]
Being a bluegrass fan can be a curious thing. Some folks are born into it, listening to mom and dad play Flatt & Scruggs before they’re even out of the hospital. Others sort of just fall into it – perhaps they heard it on the radio, […]
It’s hard to keep a good man down in bluegrass music (although we all do like to be lonesome now and then), and radio broadcaster Larry Roberts is a prime example of that. Roberts has been a DJ for almost thirty years, and for the […]
Bluegrass is sometimes viewed as music for old fogies. The emphasis on tradition, the lack of electric instruments, the sheer lonesomeness of it all – it’s not Katy Perry or Justin Beiber, that’s for sure. In the past several years, however, it seems like more […]