Tag: guitar

A Richard Bennett tasting

| April 8, 2014 | 0 Comments

In advance of its May 27 release, Lonesome Day Records has offered a taste of the music from In The Wind Somewhere by Richard Bennett to our readers at Bluegrass Today. After several years off the road, working at a variety show in Pigeon Forge, TN, […]


James Alan Shelton remembers George Shuffler

| April 7, 2014 | 0 Comments

This remembrance is a contribution from James Alan Shelton, guitarist with Ralph Stanley & the Clinch Mountain Boys. Today marks the passing of a true bluegrass legend and a personal guitar hero to many of us who have aspired to learn the Shuffler down-down-up crosspicking roll. […]


George Shuffler passes

| April 7, 2014 | 0 Comments

Another leading light of the first generation of bluegrass artists has passed. George Shuffler, long time member of both The Stanley Brothers and Ralph Stanley & the Clinch Mountain Boys, passed away earlier today (4/7/14), just short of his 89th birthday. Shuffler’s distinctive crosspicking guitar […]


Ataman from Ondra Kozák

| April 1, 2014 | 0 Comments

From the Czech Republic comes Ataman, a new album of guitar and mandolin music, written, arranged, recorded and performed by Ondra Kozák. Kozák is a busy man in the Czech bluegrass scene. He performs with a number of groups, including Fragment, G-Runs & Roses, and East-West. […]


Thomas Vinci Strings support Tony Rice Foundation

| April 1, 2014 | 0 Comments

As more and more folks learn about Tony Rice’s health issues, more ways to help are popping up. Though he never was officially an endorser, Tony very publicly used Thomas Vinci strings for many years. He was quick to answer questions about his string preference […]


Jesse Smathers to Nothin Fancy

| March 20, 2014 | 0 Comments

Nothin Fancy has a new look for the 2014 season. They have brought Jesse Smathers on to play guitar and sing tenor. He hails from Eden, NC and had worked previously with James King, on both mandolin and guitar. Mike Andes, mandolinist and founding member […]


College Guitars – perfect for March Madness

| March 19, 2014 | 0 Comments

Our President has filled out his NCAA bracket – how about you? People all over the US are going crazy for the college basketball tournament, just as they do every this time every year, and a clever music company has found a new way to […]


Wyatt Rice teaching guitar at ETSU

| March 4, 2014 | 0 Comments

Wyatt Rice has been working as a professional musician since he joined older brother Tony’s band in the late 1970s. He’s a master of what has come to be known as the “Rice style” of lead and rhythm guitar, as one might expect, and has spent most […]


Janet Davis Music grand opening celebration

| February 27, 2014 | 0 Comments

Janet Davis Music has been among the top retailers of bluegrass instruments, accessories and music for almost four decades now, starting as a small family business run by banjo teacher Janet Davis and her husband, Jim. Last year, the Davis’s handed over operations to new […]


Hardest Kind of Memories from Brandon Lee Adams

| February 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

Bluegrass singer, songwriter, and guitarist Brandon Lee Adams has released his first full-length album, Hardest Kind Of Memories. 10 of the 11 tracks are Brandon’s, and he is assisted in the studio by top grassers like Scott Vestal on banjo, Randy Kohrs on resonator guitar, […]