Tag: Dillards

Avett Brothers and the Legendary Giveback

| October 24, 2012 | 1 Comment

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, and featured The Avett […]


High on a Mountain – Compost Mountain Boys

| October 12, 2012 | 0 Comments

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 their name to reflect the […]


Doug Dillard: Bluegrass Banjo Giant, Country-Rock Pioneer

| May 22, 2012 | 4 Comments

After the death of Earl Scruggs and the announced retirement of J. D. Crowe, the banjo world suffered another loss last week with the passing of Doug Dillard. Having been seen by millions, perhaps 100 million, through nearly 50 years of Andy Griffith Show reruns, […]


Rodney Dillard – Don’t Wait For The Hearse

| July 15, 2011 | 0 Comments

Rodney Dillard, he of The Dillards and the Darlin’ Family fame, has a new Gospel CD set for an August 16 release on Rural Rhythm Christian. Titled Don’t Wait For The Hearse To Take You To Church, the album features Rodney on vocals, guitar and […]


Grascals in black and white

| April 26, 2011 | 0 Comments

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, primarily as performed by The […]


Mitch Jayne passes

| August 3, 2010 | 7 Comments

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 Griffith Show. Mitch Jayne […]


Mitch Jayne to receive humanities award

| September 9, 2008 | 0 Comments

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. It has been widely praised […]


Fiddler’s Ghost tops in St Lou

| December 11, 2007 | 0 Comments

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 young schoolteacher and his […]


Mitch Jayne – Fiddler’s Ghost

| July 27, 2007 | 0 Comments

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 of date. As they […]


Dillards reissue on Rounder tomorrow

| June 26, 2006

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 to town from time to […]