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Stan Jay passes

| October 22, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Stan Jay, who had managed Mandolin Brothers music store in Staten Island, NY since 1971, has died. He was 71 years old. Mandolin Brothers became known as one the nation’s top brokers of vintage fretted instruments, mandolins in particular. Stan started the business with a […]

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Welcome Samuel McKendree

| October 22, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Jason McKendree, the talented banjo player who worked several years with Josh Williams before Josh returned to Rhonda Vincent, and his equally talented wife, Carolyn, are today celebrating the birth of their second child, Samuel Ryan Jude McKendree. He arrived at 2:58 a.m. at 6 lbs 5.9 […]

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Mando record to be recaptured at Galax ’15?

| October 22, 2014 | 0 Comments
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It’s official. A second attempt will be made in August 2015 to return the Guinness World Record for Largest Mandolin Ensemble to the United States during the Galax Old Fiddlers Convention. A group under the direction of Tara Linhardt set a new record at Galax […]

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Rob Ickes and Trey Hensley

| October 22, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Rob Ickes and Trey Hensley joined us during the World of Bluegrass convention to talk about their upcoming album together, Before The Sun Goes Down, which offers a mix of traditional bluegrass and country music. The pair have a show tomorrow (10/23) at Nashville’s Station Inn, […]

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6 weeks in Myanmar, and other folk tales

| October 22, 2014 | 0 Comments
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I’m in Scotland at the moment, and I’m taking a couple of Wednesdays off to clear my head and think of new jokes involving banjos, haggis, and curling. Meanwhile, though, during a recent seminar at the IBMA World of Bluegrass on the subject of “gigging […]

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Bluegrass Weather Report – 10/21/14

| October 21, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Here’s our Special Bluegrass Correspondent with this week’s Bluegrass Weather Report, looking at South Carolina’s Mostly Bluegrass Festival in Edisto Island.  

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Hey Frank Solivan: What’s in your case?

| October 21, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Lisa Jacobi caught up from Frank Solivan backstage at the Station Inn not long ago to ask the famous bluegrass question.  

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Avenue of the Giants – Russ Carson

| October 21, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Kentucky Thunder banjo player Russ Carson might not yet be recognized among the giants of the five string community, but it seems likely from his latest Patuxent CD, Avenue of the Giants, that he’ll soon be counted in their number. This talented young picker excels at both 3-finger […]

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Mark Simos talks songwriting

| October 21, 2014 | 0 Comments
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During the IBMA’s World of Bluegrass convention in late September, David Morris sat down with Berklee College of Music professor of songwriting, Mark Simos to discuss his new book, Songwriting Strategies: A 360 Degree Approach.   We’ll have a complete review of Mark’s book in […]

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‘Tween Earth and Sky – Becky Buller

| October 21, 2014 | 0 Comments
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In baseball, a five-tool player comes along once every decade or two. Anyone who hits for average and power, has speed, is terrific defensively and has a rifle arm is revered. In bluegrass, the best of the best are three-tool players. They play at a […]

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