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Three ReFlecktions on Béla and Abigail in Frederick

| November 19, 2014 | 0 Comments
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This set of reflections on a Béla Fleck/Abigail Washburn concert is a first contribution from Jen Hughes, a new writer we hope to feature semi-regularly at Bluegrass Today. Perfectionism I have always thought Béla Fleck is a perfectionist. I came to this notion not only […]

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Huber introduces the Classic 58

| November 6, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Huber Banjos, whose Truetone series has been patterned after vintage prewar instruments, has introduced a model styled after the classic Bow Tie banjo introduced when widespread production resumed after WWII. In this case, it’s The Classic 58, what most connoisseurs view as the definitive example of this style […]

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Straight Up Strings announces distribution plans

| November 5, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Roger Siminoff’s Straight Up Strings has announced Elderly Instruments as the exclusive online retailer for their new banjo and mandolin string sets. These are the sets that Roger designed to ensure that each string – or set of pairs for mandolin – exerts equal downward tension on […]

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Free Bluegrass Backing Tracks

| November 3, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Banjo player Simon Mitchinson has launched a new web site offering free backing tracks for bluegrass musicians who need a resource for practicing their instruments. At present he has 72 jam favorites posted, mostly banjo and fiddle tunes, in a variety of keys. He has also […]

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The Day The Banjo Dies from Roni Stoneman

| October 30, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Roni Stoneman has released a single from her upcoming bluegrass album, which answers the autobiographical question, “Have you ever thought about retiring?” Written by her long time guitarist, Ronnie Buff, The Day The Banjo Dies makes it plenty clear that Roni doesn’t plan on slowing […]

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Avenue of the Giants – Russ Carson

| October 21, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Kentucky Thunder banjo player Russ Carson might not yet be recognized among the giants of the five string community, but it seems likely from his latest Patuxent CD, Avenue of the Giants, that he’ll soon be counted in their number. This talented young picker excels at both 3-finger […]

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Thalia Capos coming soon

| October 17, 2014 | 0 Comments
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How many times have you thought up an idea for a “better mousetrap,” envisioning a new product or a product enhancement that might find a niche in the marketplace? Perhaps you were out fishing when a design for a better lure popped up… or working in […]

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Glenn Gibson says goodbye to Flamekeeper

| October 16, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper have announced that Glenn Gibson, who has played banjo with the band this past three years, is leaving the group. He will do his last show tonight at the Festival of the Riverboats in Louisville, KY. In addition to be being a […]

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Mike Holmes leaves Music Camps North

| October 16, 2014 | 0 Comments
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After 15 years at the helm, Mike Holmes has stepped down from the directorship of Music Camps North, who have hosted both Banjo Camp North and Mandolin & Fiddle Camp North in Massachusetts this past decade and a half. Hundreds of New England residents have […]

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Banjo flash mob at 2:00

| October 4, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Calling all banjo players! At least all banjo players down in Raleigh, NC. This afternoon (10/4) at 2:00 p.m. all banjo players are invited to congregate at the Sir Walter Raleigh statue outside the Raleigh Convention Center for a big group photo.We don’t really care […]

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