• University of Illinois Press Bluegrass E-books

    For a limited period only the University of Illinois Press (UIP) is making available in an E-book format three top quality bluegrass titles. Beginning on September 24, the date on which the International Bluegrass Music Association’s World of Bluegrass event in

  • Bluegrass Bluesman earns major award

    Bluegrass Bluesman: A Memoir, the autobiography of Josh Graves (edited by Fred Bartenstein) has been awarded a Certificate of Merit by the Association for Recorded Sound Collections. Since 1991, the ARSC has sought to preserve and study historical sound recordings of,

  • Blue Yodel #56 – Mr. Blue Grass Smarty Pants

    Our guest smarty pants this week has been called the Father of Bluegrass History—okay, I just called him that, but it’s apt. Neil Rosenberg is Professor Emeritus of Folklore at Memorial University of Newfoundland, a chair formerly held by Gandalf. Neil

  • Blue Yodel #51 – Bluegrass Bluesman

    I spent yesterday with Josh Graves by reading Bluegrass Bluesman: Josh Graves A Memoir, a collection of transcribed interviews given in the '90s by the resonator guitar master. Expertly edited by Fred Bartenstein with help from a lot of good folks,

  • Celebrate Josh Graves’ birthday at IBMA

    Thursday, September 27 is the 85th anniversary of Josh Graves's birth in Tellico Plains, Monroe County, TN. To mark the occasion the University of Illinois Press is hosting a birthday party, launching their new book about Graves - Bluegrass Bluesman:

  • I’m Going Back To Old Kentucky #69

    From October 1, 2010 through to the end of September 2011, we will, each day, celebrate the life of Bill Monroe by sharing information about him and those people who are associated with his life and music career. This information

  • Andy Hall remembers Uncle Josh

    Here is another remembrance of Uncle Josh Graves, who passed away last Saturday in Nashville. This one is from Andy Hall, dobro player with The Infamous Stringdusters. His influence on me, and all Dobro players can't be overstated. I've spent many hours

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