Tag: mandolin

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 […]


Bluegrass element to tragic Missouri murder

| February 21, 2014 | 0 Comments

Much of the US followed news this week of the kidnapping and, ultimately the murder of Hailey Owens, a 10 year old girl in Springfield, MO. She was abducted near her home by a man feigning a request for directions on February 18. The kidnapping took […]


Harry West passes

| February 14, 2014 | 0 Comments

Harry West, longtime co-proprietor of Harry & Jeanie West Fine Musical Instruments in Statesville, NC, died on January 25. He was 87 years old. Their store is and has been a destination for both vintage and new bluegrass instruments for several decades now, and will continue […]


New from Washburn for 2014

| February 10, 2014 | 0 Comments

During January’s NAMM Show in Anaheim, CA, Washburn introduced several new instrument models that should be of interest to bluegrass and acoustic musicians. Their R360K offers a resonator guitar with a parlor sized body, with a shaded spruce top and back and sides of Trembesi, a […]


Two new mandolin projects from Patuxent

| January 23, 2014 | 0 Comments

Patuxent Records, based in Rockville, MD, has two new releases celebrating bluegrass mandolin. One involves teaming up a veteran stylist with a newcomer, and the other an exercise of label owner perogative. Frank Wakefield has long been an artist who goes his own way. He […]


Jim Reed passes

| January 22, 2014 | 0 Comments

The members of Ohio’s String Therapy are mourning the loss of their founder and mandolinist. Jim Reed, age 47, passed away on January 3, 2014, in Shelbyville, KY. Jim not only served as mandolinist with String Therapy for the past 15 years, he was also a […]


Jesse McReynolds recuperating at home

| January 22, 2014 | 3 Comments

Mandolin icon Jesse McReynolds is resting at home after undergoing a minor cardiac procedure last Friday. His doctors sent him to St. Thomas Hospital in Nashville for an electrophysiological study to determine the cause of his recurring dizzy spells and accelerated heart rate. The test involves threading […]


30 years for David Davis – and a major award

| January 20, 2014 | 1 Comment

Alabama’s David Davis is celebrating 30 years in bluegrass music during 2014, which he will cap off by accepting an induction into the National Old Time Country Music Hall of Fame in August. Davis, along with his Warrior River Boys, has been running the road playing […]


The Chronicles of Depression – Alex Hibbitts

| January 9, 2014 | 0 Comments

Having performed with such acts as Randy Kohrs and the Expedition Show, Alex Hibbitts is no stranger to the bluegrass music scene. Although he has spent most of his bluegrass career as a sideman, and currently can most often be found working within his Depression […]


Grazztrio from Spain

| January 3, 2014 | 0 Comments

From Barcelona comes Grazztrio, a new experimental string band that performs their own original music. Their approach merges traditional bluegrass instruments and playing styles with rhythms and harmonic concepts common to jazz and classical music. Members include Lluis Gomex on banjo, Oriol Gonzàlez on mandolin, and […]