• Leiper’s Fork Christmas from Ron Block

    Ron Block has a new album, Leiper's Fork Christmas, just now released in time for December. For the second year in a row, the noted multi-instrumentalist of Alison Krauss & Union Station fame has recorded a set of instrumental music with his

  • Aaron McDaris does The Voice

    Given our relative obscurity in the mainstream world of pop music, it's always something of a sensation when one of our bluegrass celebrities is asked to appear on television. Tonight it's the banjo players' turn to shine, as Aaron McDaris, banjo

  • Al Batten passes

    Alton Tharse Batten, known widely as Al, passed away on Sunday, November 20. He was 68 years of age. Al was born and raised in Selma, NC where he lived his entire life. He led the popular bluegrass group, Al Batten &

  • Jim Greer remembered 

    Ohio banjo player Jim Greer passed away on Tuesday, September 13, 2016, at Logan Acres Care Center, Bellefontaine, Ohio.  He was 74 years old and he had been battling cancer. James Marvin ‘Jim’ Greer was born in West Liberty, Logan County,

  • The Banjo Files – Jacob Underwood

    The banjo is arguably the core of bluegrass music. For many folks, it’s the key to whether or not a song or album can be considered bluegrass. I’ve heard many a traditionalist despair that it’s been all downhill since Manzanita.

  • Lynwood Lunsford honored in Danville

    This past Saturday, during the 9th Annual Bright Leaf Brew Fest in Danville, VA, bluegrass veteran Lynwood Lunsford was recognized for his lifetime commitment to our music. Each year, someone from this area of south central Virginia is feted during the festival.

  • CA Banjo Extravaganza this weekend

    Bill Evans' rolling banjothon series, The California Banjo Extravaganza, is pushing through northern CA this weekend with four more concerts and a workshop for banjo maniacs on the west coast. Each year Bill grabs two other top names in the banjo world,

  • Curtis Bumgarner to Blue Mafia

    Blue Mafia has announced the departure of banjo player, Calib Smith, and the addition of new five slinger, Curtis Bumgarner, to the band. Bluegrass fans will recall seeing Curtis with Adkins & Loudermilk over the past few years, and more recently working

  • Stringworks tab book from Kristin Benson

    Kristin Scott Benson has released a banjo tab book and CD package for her current solo project, Stringworks. The Grascals banjo picker worked with noted transcriber Russell Sawler to create tab for all the banjo solos and backup from the album, which

  • Custom embossing available from Musicians Belt

    Musicians Belt, who for years has been offering high-quality no-scratch leather belts for string musicians, has announced a new program. The company now has a laser engraver in the shop, allowing them to cut custom logos into plain leather belts, and

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