Tag: Bill Monroe

The Railsplitters

| January 16, 2014 | 0 Comments

There’s quite an interesting progressive bluegrass scene in and around the Rocky Mountains these days, thanks in part to Planet Bluegrass and its festivals like Telluride and Rockygrass. One of the most recent bluegrass-tinged bands to emerge from the Colorado Rockies is the Boulder-based group […]


The Twelve Days of Bluegrass Christmas

| December 24, 2013 | 3 Comments

The Twelve Days of Christmas A song most people love to hate. It is never picked when church groups go Christmas caroling. Whether it’s because it’s too long or because no one knows all of the words is irrelevant. If it were a person, it […]


Byron Berline – A Fiddler’s Diary

| December 5, 2013 | 0 Comments

While it is a known fact that Blue Grass Boy Doug Green keeps a diary recording his activities, it isn’t so well known that another bluegrass musician did so. Well, in fact, this book is based on journal entries by Byron Berline’s wife Bette and […]


13 Essential Halloween “BOO!-grass” Tunes

| October 31, 2013 | 4 Comments

It’s Halloween, and all of the little ghosts and goblins are going to be knocking on neighborhood doors with a list of demands which we so easily meet. Most costumes these days require a lack of effort or creativity. There’s too many Justin Bieber and […]


Bill Duncan Passes

| October 19, 2013 | 1 Comment

West Virginian William Denver Duncan, two-time Blue Grass Boy and life-long grasser, passed away this morning just after noon at his home in Liberty, WV. Known professionally as Bill, as he was to family and friends, Duncan was 84 years of age. Bill played guitar […]


Noam Plays Kenny Plays Bill… oh my!

| October 17, 2013 | 7 Comments

You don’t have to be a banjo or fiddle nerd to love Noam Pikelny Plays Kenny Baker Plays Bill Monroe, but if you are… oh my! One of the most admired five stringers in the world these days, noted for his discipline, vision and technical […]


Jim Shumate – Bluegrass Fiddler Supreme

| October 14, 2013 | 3 Comments

James Fred ‘Jim’ Shumate grew up hearing the sounds of his uncle playing fiddle at a neighboring farm and as his wife Naomi said, “He picked up the fiddle when he was a boy and hasn’t put it down”. Born on Chestnut Mountain, Pisgah National […]


Jim Shumate has passed

| October 10, 2013 | 2 Comments

Legendary bluegrass fiddler Jim Shumate has died at 91 years of age. As a young man, he served as a member of Bill Monroe’s Blue Grass Boys in the early 1940s, just prior to the addition of Flatt & Scruggs to the band. When Lester […]


Clyde Moody’s last guitar in Raleigh

| October 3, 2013 | 5 Comments

While we were in Raleigh last week for the IBMA’s World of Bluegrass convention, we had a lovely visit with Connie Matthews, nephew of the great Clyde Moody. Connie had recently acquired Uncle Clyde’s last guitar, a Martin D-28 which was custom made for him […]


Jerusalem Ridge Bluegrass Music Foundation wins court ruling

| October 3, 2013 | 1 Comment

The Kentucky Supreme Court has declined a request to review the case over how the name of legendary bluegrass musician Bill Monroe can be used. This means that the Kentucky Court of Appeals ruling stands, and that the Jerusalem Ridge Bluegrass Music Foundation can continue […]