Tag: banjo

Navy Band still hunting a banjo picker

| September 20, 2016 | 0 Comments

We heard again this week from our friends with US Navy Band Country Current, saying that they are still on the hunt for a banjo player to join their group. The position also requires that the successful applicant double on rhythm guitar and harmony vocals, […]


2016 winners at Walnut Valley Festival

| September 19, 2016 | 0 Comments

Winners were chosen over this past weekend at the 45th Annual Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield, KS. Over the years, their National Flat Pick Guitar Championship and their National Bluegrass Banjo Championship have come to be recognized as among the most prestigious competitions of their kind […]


Kristin Scott Benson’s Stringworks Sings

| September 19, 2016 | 0 Comments

Don’t get me wrong, I love the Grascals. And while I love a lot of things about Kristin Scott Benson’s new solo project, Stringworks, one of the things I love best about it that it doesn’t sound like the band that she’s such an integral […]


Don Parmley remembered 

| September 15, 2016 | 0 Comments

Notable banjo player and distinguished baritone singer Freeman D. “Don” Parmley passed away on July 30, 2016, after experiencing complications related to Alzheimer’s disease. Parmley was born on October 19, 1933, in Monticello, Kentucky. As a 12-year-old he began learning claw-hammer/drop thumb banjo from his […]


James McDowell to Carolina Blue

| September 15, 2016 | 0 Comments

A few weeks ago, we posted that Carolina Blue, a traditional bluegrass band in western, NC, was in need of a banjo player. They have now announced that they found him, living right amongst them in Etowah. The band has welcomed James McDowell into the fold, a young […]


J. D. Crowe and Deering Banjos enter Banjo Hall of Fame

| September 13, 2016 | 0 Comments

This report on the Hall of Fame weekend at the American Banjo Museum is a contribution from Alan Tompkins, a Dallas area bluegrass musician, radio host, and founder of the Bluegrass Heritage Foundation. Alan also serves on the Board of the IBMA and is integral […]


2016 Steve Martin Prize goes to Rhiannon Giddens

| September 12, 2016 | 0 Comments

In a surprising twist, the 2016 Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass Music has been awarded to Rhiannon Giddens, founding member of The Carolina Chocolate Drops. Along with banjo scholar and musicologist Dom Flemons, Giddens has been at the forefront of a movement of […]


Drew Long back to Canaan’s Crossing

| September 7, 2016 | 0 Comments

Alabama’s Canaan’s Crossing has announced their reunion with a former bandmate, Drew Long, who has returned to the banjo position following the recent departure of Collins Miller. Miller, who had played with the group the past two years, is the son of Tina Miller who plays fiddle and sings with the […]


Roan Mountain Suite from Jens Kruger

| August 31, 2016 | 0 Comments

Jens Kruger, celebrated North Carolina banjoist, by way of Switzerland, will be premiering a new composition of his with The Kruger Brothers and The Kontras Quartet, on October 15. The concert is scheduled at The Paramount Center in Bristol, TN. Titled Roan Mountain Suite, the piece […]


20 Questions with Katy Daley – Sammy Shelor

| August 29, 2016 | 0 Comments

With this post we introduce a new feature, which will appear sporadically at Bluegrass Today. The column may be new, but you all know the contributor, Katy Daley, a familiar voice from the Katy Daley Show each weekday morning at WAMU’s Bluegrass Country. As the situation […]