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  • Man Who Never Plowed video from Branded Bluegrass

    Bell Buckle Records has a new music video this week for Branded Bluegrass, taken from one of the songs on their current project, Somebody's Child. The Indiana-based bluegrass group includes Larry Norfleet on guitar, his brother, Jesse, on banjo and res0-guitar, Jesse's son, Tristen, on mandolin, and Mike Martin on bass. The

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  • Kerry Hay passes

    Kerry Hay, longtime owner and proprietor of Hay Holler Records, died at home on October 13. He was 89 years of age. He was born in Dickenson County, VA and attended Haysi High School, after which he enlisted in the Air Force where he served from 1949 to 1953. Returning from

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  • Pikes Peak Breakdown from Andy Leftwich

    We all remember Andy Leftwich for his lengthy stint on fiddle with Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder in the early 2000s. Or perhaps from his rich catalog of session work. Wherever we have heard him play, we surely didn't forget it, such is his skill and dexterity with fiddle and

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  • Ask Sonny Anything… can you speak about Kenny Ingram?

    Sonny is again unable to answer questions this week, so we are rerunning one of his classic columns. Let's hope he will be back with us next week. Sonny, If you don't mind, please a few words and thoughts about Kenny Ingram. He was such a wonderful guy and I am

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  • Calib Smith to Caleb Daugherty Band

    Caleb Daugherty has announced a new member of his touring band. Calib Smith has joined the group after Zach Collier departed for a gig with Volume Five. This past few years Caleb has made a name for himself in bluegrass circles for his soulful singing and knack for choosing material that

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  • Phil Leadbetter passes – everyone’s Uncle Phil

    Phil Leadbetter, reso-guitarist and bluegrass businessman, died today after surviving five bouts with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, taken down finally by COVID-19. He was 59 years of age. He began playing the Dobro-style guitar as a teenager in his native Knoxville, TN. A career in bluegrass started at 14 when Phil founded the

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