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  • Carolina Banjo – Mary Z Cox

    Mary Z Cox’s latest entry, Carolina Banjo, opens with the rousing strains of Foggy Mountain Clawhammer and never lets up in terms of its freewheeling finesse.  The fact that Cox’s main instrument of choice is banjo, the otherwise alluring Got No Use for a Banjo Man seems to make a statement

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  • Dennis Jones passes

    Bluegrass music lost one of its foremost champions Friday when former DJ Dennis Jones died at a hospital in Shelby, N.C., after fighting sepsis for days. He was 62. Dennis was the longtime host of Goin’ Across the Mountain on WNCW Radio until he was taken off the air late in

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  • Dad video from Merle Monroe

    Just in time for Father's Day, Merle Monroe has released a video for the song, Dad, from their debut Pinecastle album, Back To The Country. The album isn't out until June 21, but you can download the single right away with an online pre-order. Merle Monroe is a project started recently by

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  • Kauai Folk Fest bringing bluegrass to the islands

    In amongst the various melodies and rhythms of the Hawaiian islands, the inaugural Kauai Folk Fest in September will include the sounds of bluegrass and old time music from North America. The new festival will be held at the Museum on the historic Grove Farm sugar plantation, with five stages of live music

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  • Ask Sonny Anything… no dancing!

    Ask Sonny Anything will be a recurring feature where our readers pose questions to the great Sonny Osborne, one half of the iconic Osborne Brothers who redefined bluegrass music in the 1960s, and noted banjo maven and collector of fine prewar instruments. Everyone is encouraged to pose queries of your

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  • Luke Thompson passes

    Luke Thompson, bluegrass musician, bandleader, instrument builder and MC, passed away on June 12, 2019, in a Zachary Manor Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Zachary, Louisiana, where he had been for the past few months. He was 91 years old.  He was born on January 8, 1928, in Natalbany, Louisiana, a sawmill

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