• Avett Brothers and the Legendary Giveback

    Last Friday at Charlottesville, VA's nTelos Pavilion, two legends joined forces for a huge benefit concert billed as the Legendary Giveback. The show was sponsored by Cheerwine, a popular soft drink promoted as an alternative to the wide world of soda,

  • High on a Mountain – Compost Mountain Boys

    Many of today’s bluegrass bands have somewhat unusual names. Previous Bluegrass Today columns by Chris Jones have even discussed this phenomenon, suggesting that bands sometime simply open the refrigerator to find inspiration for their band name. However, other bands use

  • Grascals in black and white

    The Grascals have a new video from their recent release, Dance Til Your Stockings Are Hot and Ravelin', their Andy Griffith Show tribute project. It includes an album's worth of songs made famous on the Griffith show during the 1960s,

  • Mitch Jayne passes

    Born July 5, 1930, Mitch Jayne passed away Monday, August 2, 2010 in Columbia, MO, after being diagnosed with cancer only recently. In the 1960's, The Dillards were introduced to a larger American audience as the Darlin' Family on the Andy

  • Mitch Jayne to receive humanities award

    Former Dillard and current fiction writer Mitch Jayne has just learned that he will be receiving the 2008 Governor's Humanities Book Award from the Missouri Humanities Council. The award is in recognition of his book, Fiddler's Ghost, published in 2007.

  • Fiddler’s Ghost tops in St Lou

    Fiddler's Ghost, the most recent novel from former Dillard's funny man Mitch Jayne, has been selected as among the Best Books of 2007 by The St. Louis Post-Dispatch. The book, released this summer by Wildstone Media, tells the tale of a

  • Mitch Jayne – Fiddler’s Ghost

    Former Dillards bass player Mitch Jayne has just released his latest book of fiction. Fiddler's Ghost is the story of a young couple who move to a small Ozark town where the locals folks live by customs that seem generations out

  • Dillards reissue on Rounder tomorrow

    Many a current bluegrass fan first encountered the music watching The Andy Griffith Show on television. During the early-to-mid 1960s, The Dillards appeared on this hit show in regular guest spots as The Darling Boys, hillbilly musicians who would come