It captures the two old friends backstage before the show, and during soundcheck, trading quips and licks all the while.
The Bluegrass Situation site is an online outgrowth of funnyman and banjo picker Ed Helms’ annual music event of the same name. They primarily cover the LA acoustic and bluegrass scene, but hope to expand this year into other markets under the able direction of Amy Reitnouer.
John had served as primary author and editor for The Bluegrass Blog from its launch in 2006 until being folded into Bluegrass Today in September of 2011. He continues in that capacity here, managing a strong team of columnists and correspondents.
Those of us who are self-employed players of bluegrass music do something on a regular basis that Lester Flatt, Carter Stanley, and Ernest Granham never had to bother with (don’t feel bad if you don’t recognize that third name; I just made it up): we […]
Claire Lynch has had two projects on her wish list for a while – a CD of holiday songs and one filled with swing tunes. If the festive CD – Holiday! – is any indication of what happens when her musical wishes come true, I […]
Junior Sisk has been one of the most popular voices in traditional bluegrass over the past several years. Winning IBMA’s for Song of the Year and Album of the Year in 2012, named Male Vocalist of the Year in 2013, and being nominated for a host […]
Attention young bluegrass bands trying to figure out what is missing in your sound… Have a listen to Leaving This Town, the stellar new release from Tommy Brown and the County Line Grass on Randm Records. If you can generate a small portion of the passion and […]
An album which begins with the vocal quartet of Larry Stephenson, Jimmy Fortune, David Parmley, and Dale Perry can’t help but be good, and Pull Your Savior In, the newest effort (and fifth all-Gospel project) from the Larry Stephenson Band, doesn’t disappoint. It serves as […]
James Ray Edwards was born in Wilmington, Delaware, on April 16, 1954. His family moved to Winston-Salem, North Carolina, which is a hotbed for bluegrass music, when he was 10 years old. As they say, you can shake a tree in North Carolina and a […]
Okay, before some of you go all-diesel on me, I am aware that many of our bluegrass music bands have a bus (and some have two) for their performance tours along the bluegrass ribbon of highway. In my recorded interview with Frank Solivan below, my reference to a bus as it relates to bluegrass music is […]
Call it what you want–bluegrass, country, or inspirational–it’s clear that The Roys are in a trajectory to be one of the top bands in the business. Lee and Elaine Roy talked about their roots, milestones and their current success just before an October 18 performance […]
On This Day ….. On October 24, 1951, Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs recorded ‘Tis Sweet to Be Remembered and Earl’s Breakdown. During an afternoon session at the Castle Studio set up at The Tulane Hotel, 206 8th Avenue North, Nashville, Flatt and Scruggs recorded […]
Close your eyes and imagine this: an upright radio with a big round dial on the front, with fiddle tunes coming through the speakers. A family gathered around it in the living room, waiting for their favorite song to come on so they can roll […]
Most, if not all, bluegrass DJs have a serious, longstanding love of the music they spin on the radio. They’re devoted to the music and the musicians, and sometimes even a certain style of bluegrass. However, for many broadcasters, the listeners come first. Tim “Doc” […]
One of the few places you can hear bluegrass music on the radio today in many cities is on college or university radio stations that are generally staffed by students, professors, and community volunteers. DJ Richard Gordon has a lot of experience with this format. […]