Tag: JD Crowe

What a difference two decades make!

| February 4, 2015 | 0 Comments

Phil Leadbetter sent along a pair of photographs of J.D. Crowe & The New South, taken twenty years apart. The first is a band promotional photo taken in 1995 when he was in the group with Crowe, Richard Bennett, Don Rigsby, and Curt Chapman. The guys are […]


Jim Mills introduces the Clanger

| January 6, 2015 | 0 Comments

In this video, top picker and prewar banjo enthusiast Jim Mills proudly introduces his latest find, a Gibson Mastertone PB-3 conversion from 1929-30. After giving a brief overview of the banjo’s history (almost without taking a breath), Jim goes on to play J.D. Crowe’s arrangement of […]


Flashback reunion band booking for 2015

| December 23, 2014 | 0 Comments

Don Rigsby and Josh Williams aren’t the only ones with a J.D. Crowe Tribute Band taking shows for next year. The actual band from the Flashback album era, with the actual J.D. Crowe, will be doing a limited number of appearances in 2015. That would be […]


J.D. Crowe Tribute Band in KY

| December 22, 2014 | 0 Comments

Although I was able to see most of the 1990s and 2000s versions of J.D. Crowe & the New South, I never got the chance to attend a performance by what many people consider the classic lineups of the New South – the 1970s groups […]


J.D. Crowe Tribute Band playing this weekend

| December 18, 2014 | 0 Comments

Keith Whitley fans in Nashville and northeastern Kentucky are in for a special treat when Don Rigsby and Josh Williams take their J.D. Crowe Tribute Band out for a spin this weekend. The band was assembled for a performance at the Musicians Against Childhood Cancer […]


Crowe, Lawson, & Williams are still Standing Tall and Tough

| August 29, 2014 | 0 Comments

Standing tall. A classic idiom we have all heard and probably used. By definition, the phrase means “being proud of yourself and confident in your abilities.” Different from boasting, standing tall exudes self-assurance, often in the face of adversity. When discussing the music of three members […]


The Old Friends Are Back!

| August 6, 2014 | 0 Comments

One of my favorite releases of the past several years has been Old Friends Get Together from J.D. Crowe, Doyle Lawson, and Paul Williams. The successful album served as a de facto tribute to the Gospel music of Jimmy Martin, as all were members of Jimmy’s Sunny […]


The Boxcars with J.D. Crowe

| May 14, 2014 | 0 Comments

Here’s a bluegrass match made in heaven, for those of you unable to attended the first annual Five String Fest in North Carolina earlier this month. J.D. Crowe sat in with The Boxcars, and the folks at Mountain Home Music captured them on video backstage, […]


Benefit concert for Rick Bartley

| May 5, 2014 | 0 Comments

Kentucky’s Bartley Brothers have been involved in bluegrass since they were youngsters, adding up to more years than they may want to admit. Shayne and Rick have worked with a number of top touring bands, including their own Bartley Brothers band. Rick is also known […]


Jim Mills interviews J.D. Crowe

| March 5, 2014 | 1 Comment

For fans of Scruggs style banjo playing, there aren’t many pickers more esteemed than J.D. Crowe and Jim Mills. Of course, in a relationship between these two, Crowe would be the teacher and Jim the student, though their professional accomplishments are similar. Both are serious followers […]