Tag: banjo

Song Of The Banjo – Alison Brown

| November 20, 2015 | 0 Comments

The Song Of The Banjo is not like any banjo album you have ever heard, even if you’ve listened to Alison Brown’s prior releases. Sure, it features several of her intricate instrumentals, played to perfection, but in addition to guest vocals from a surprising cast […]


Lonely Tonight – Bill Runkle & Smith Hollow

| November 17, 2015 | 0 Comments

When you think “Del McCoury’s banjo player,” your mind probably automatically goes to Del’s son, 2015 IBMA Banjo Player of the Year Rob McCoury. However, before there was a Del McCoury Band, there was Del McCoury & the Dixie Pals. The longest serving banjo player […]


B-5 from Jacob Underwood

| November 16, 2015 | 0 Comments

Plum River Records has released a debut single from The Banjo Files, an upcoming album from banjo picker Jacob Underwood. It’s a tune of his called B-5, which features Jacob on banjo and guitar, with Ron Stewart on fiddle, Sierra Hull on mandolin, and Matt […]


Mike Kropp passes

| November 11, 2015 | 0 Comments

Mike Kropp, life-long banjo player and cherished friend of the banjo and bluegrass community in the northeastern United States, died yesterday (11/10) in a hospital near his home in Rhode Island. He was 70 years old, and had been suffering from pancreatic cancer. It was actually pneumonia that […]


Ryan Cavanaugh – a banjo anomaly

| November 9, 2015 | 0 Comments

The national popularity of bluegrass music might ebb and flow with social and artistic trends, but the quality of picking and musical ability has stayed on an impressively upward trajectory throughout the decades. Anyone who keeps up with the music knows that this is especially […]


2015 California Banjo Extravaganza

| November 9, 2015 | 0 Comments

The 2015 California Banjo Extravaganza is set to roll across the northern sections of the Golden State later this week. Host and performer Bill Evans has brought top banjo pickers from the eastern and central portions of the country to entertain in his backyard each Fall […]


Banjos and guitars on Craft In America

| November 4, 2015 | 0 Comments

Craft In America is both an organization dedicated to promoting handcrafted art and useables in the United States, and a PBS television series celebrating the best of what is currently being produced. They maintain the Craft In America Center in Los Angeles and have produced […]


Radio Velvet to re-air Bill Keith tribute show

| November 3, 2015 | 0 Comments

Radio Velvet, the online bluegrass radio network based in the Slovak Republic, has announced that Tom Adams’ tribute to the music of Bill Keith will be aired again three more times this week. Adams hosts a recurring weekly program, Adams County Banjo, which mixes prerecorded […]


Congratulations Lynwood and Shelly

| October 26, 2015 | 0 Comments

What could be lovelier than a fall bluegrass wedding? On Friday, October 23, Lynwood Lunsford and Shelly Pugh were married in Virginia. Lynwood is the banjo player with Big Country Bluegrass and, prior to coming on board with them, spent many years with Lost & […]


Bill Keith passes

| October 24, 2015 | 0 Comments

Bill Keith, among the very few three-finger banjo players to discernibly widen the scope of the instrument in bluegrass music since Earl Scruggs, has died at the age of 75. He had been suffering of late from the effects of a cancer that had sapped […]