• Kaz Inaba remembers Ralph Stanley

    The tributes to Ralph Stanley this past week have been both numerous and poignant, demonstrating how deeply his music and his kindness have touched others over a 70 year career. One that we just received shows that it wasn't just in his

  • KazCamp 2016 photos from Japan

    Kaz Inaba sent along this brief report with photos from his annual KazCamp, a premiere annual event for bluegrass fans in Japan. I'd like to report that the 5th annual Kazuhiro Inaba Bluegrass Camp (KazCamp) was held successfully in Minoh, Osaka on

  • Photos from KazCamp 2015

    Kaz Inaba sent along this batch of photos from his 3rd annual Kazuhiro Inaba Bluegrass Camp, hosted in the Japanese town of Mino, Osaka on May 17. From the name, you might think this was an instructional event, but it's actually a

  • Far Western to document Japanese bluegrass

    The passion that many Japanese people have for bluegrass and country music was a shocker for filmmaker James Payne when he first experienced it in 2007. He was traveling with US Americana act Horseshoe Road for a live concert video, and was amazed

  • Jon Glik fiddlin’ in Tokyo

    We heard this week from Kaz Inaba, who shared some photos and a few words about a show this week in Tokyo where he welcomed famed Maryland-based fiddler Jon Glik to the stage. "A few days ago, on May 14, my

  • Kaz Inaba honors Earl Scruggs

    Noted Japanese bluegrass artist Kazuhiro Inaba sent along this video tribute to the late Earl Scruggs. I played “The Scruggs Medley” with my great respect and appreciation for Earl Scruggs last night at Mister Kelly’s in Osaka. Since I started to play