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Stringworks coming soon from Kristin Scott Benson

| June 27, 2016 | 0 Comments
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Watching Kristin Scott Benson on stage with The Grascals, it’s easy to imagine her as the shy and retiring type. She rarely if ever speaks, and doesn’t often even smile. Just a little lady and her banjo quietly driving the band forward song after song. But when […]

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Ralph Stanley at MerleFest 2014

| June 24, 2016 | 0 Comments
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We heard this morning from R. B. Powell,from Lewistown, PA, a banjo picker and promoter of scholarships for young musicians.   He shared this video he had shot of Ralph Stanley during MerleFest 2014 at the Creekside Stage as part of the festival’s special Banjorama segment that […]

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Wilson Banjo picks up Dale Perry

| June 17, 2016 | 0 Comments
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The bluegrass festival season is just getting underway in earnest for 2016, and already the big news is the return of David Parmley to the circuit with his stellar band, Cardinal Tradition. Standing on stage with David on the five is Dale Perry, as he […]

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XXX banjo celebrates Nechville anniversary

| June 14, 2016 | 0 Comments
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Tom Nechville and his Nechville Musical Products company is celebrating 30 years of banjo building with a new limited production model they are dubbing XXX. Representing the Roman numerals for 30, the XXX is constructed with very high grade curly maple stained with what they call […]

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Fire destroys Romero Banjos

| June 7, 2016 | 0 Comments
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Sad news from British Columbia for fans of J. Romero Banjos and old time musicians Pharis and Jason Romero. Fire destroyed the instrument shop adjacent to their home in Horsefly, BC located in a remote rural area well away from emergency services. The couple was awakened by […]

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Tyler Smith passes

| June 1, 2016 | 0 Comments
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Surely there is no greater shock in life than the sudden, tragic loss of a young person. The bluegrass world lost one this past Memorial Day weekend when Tyler Smith, a young banjo picker from Knoxville, TN, died while on vacation in Florida. He was […]

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Deering introduces the Smile banjo bridge

| May 31, 2016 | 0 Comments
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Deering Banjo Company has introduced a new banjo bridge design, so new that they have applied for a patent. Their Smile Bridge is so named for it’s unique shape, which does resemble a smile. The idea is to restrict the amount of stress on the […]

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Ray Hesson passes

| May 27, 2016 | 0 Comments
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Ray Hesson, renowned banjoist from southern Maryland, died on Tuesday (May 24) after a long illness. He was 74 years of age. Born Raymond David Hesson on December 14, 1941, Ray was a fixture in the DC-area bluegrass scene since the 1960s when he taught […]

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Free Bright Star banjo tabs from Steve Martin

| May 23, 2016 | 0 Comments
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To help promote his new Broadway musical, Bright Star, written with Edie Brickell, Steve Martin has created and is giving away a free iOS app with banjo tabs for all the songs in the show. The Bright Star app will work on iPhones and iPads and […]

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Fine Times At Our House video from Kaia Kater

| May 10, 2016 | 0 Comments
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A good many serious bluegrass fans were surprised by some of the names on the list of IBMA’s 2016 World of Bluegrass Showcase artists invited to perform at their convention in Raleigh, NC later this year. Some were new acts understandably unfamiliar to bluegrass followers, with others coming […]

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