Tag: mandolin

Strum Machine brings an accompanist to you

| November 29, 2016 | 0 Comments

Most anyone who has worked to learn a musical instrument knows how useful it would be to have a buddy who would sit with you and strum along while you practice new songs. Often small errors in timing and meter can slip by before you […]


David Benedict to Mile Twelve

| November 25, 2016 | 0 Comments

When I caught Boston’s Mile Twelve live during World of Bluegrass in Raleigh this year, there were a number of impressions I came away with. First off, it was immediately clear that these talented young artists, with the bloom of the music conservatory still on […]


Chad Hurley to Cumberland Gap Connection

| November 8, 2016 | 0 Comments

Mike Bentley has announced that Chad Hurley will be the new mandolinist with Cumberland Gap Connection. He takes the spot vacated by Matthew Hiser, who is leaving to take advantage of an opportunity with his day job, one which leaves him without the time to commit […]


Custom embossing available from Musicians Belt

| October 27, 2016 | 0 Comments

Musicians Belt, who for years has been offering high-quality no-scratch leather belts for string musicians, has announced a new program. The company now has a laser engraver in the shop, allowing them to cut custom logos into plain leather belts, and even add color to the […]


Introducing Dr Arm for mandolin

| October 26, 2016 | 0 Comments

After seeing success with their handmade, wooden armrests for banjo players with nickel allergies, the Banjolit company has introduced a version of Dr. Arm for mandolin. Armrests for mandolin have become quite popular of late, patterned almost exactly on the sort of chin rests that […]


Innisfree video from Joe Walsh

| October 12, 2016 | 0 Comments

Northeastern US mandolinist Joe Walsh has released a live performance video of one of the songs on his new solo project, Borderlands. The album features a mix of Joe’s original songs and tunes, along with a number of classics from the old time repertoire. Bluegrass […]


Brian Aldridge departs Sideline

| October 10, 2016 | 0 Comments

Sideline has announced the departure of their mandolinist and a primary vocalist, Brian Aldridge. He has been with the band this past two years. North Carolina bluegrass fans had watched Brian grow up on stage. His dad, Mike Aldridge, was a member of the Bass Mountain […]


Herb Lambert passes

| September 30, 2016 | 0 Comments

Herb Lambert, master mandolinist and teacher from western North Carolina has died at 88 years of age. He was known for his ability to play in the Bill Monroe style, and for carrying those techniques forward to songs other than one Monroe had himself recorded. […]


2016 winners at Walnut Valley Festival

| September 19, 2016 | 0 Comments

Winners were chosen over this past weekend at the 45th Annual Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield, KS. Over the years, their National Flat Pick Guitar Championship and their National Bluegrass Banjo Championship have come to be recognized as among the most prestigious competitions of their kind […]


Adam Steffey talks Here To Stay

| September 12, 2016 | 0 Comments

Here To Stay, Adam Steffey’s new album from Mountain Home Music, is one his fans have been hoping for this past ten years or so. We had a chance to discuss the new record with him last week while he was traveling to a show. Steffey […]