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  • California Report: Jeremy Darrow

    Jeremy Darrow is a frequent bluegrass blogger, IBMA board member, and bass player for the roots pop band Front Country. Originally from North Carolina, Jeremy now resides in Nashville and though he is not California based, he qualifies as next of kin, given the band’s San Francisco roots. I’m happy

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  • Whitey Shafer passes

    Famed Nashville Country music song-writer Sanger D. ‘Whitey’ Shafer passed away this past Saturday, January 12, 2019, following a long illness. He was aged 84 and had struggled with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease for a few years.  Born in Whitney, Texas, on October 24, 1934, Shafer grew up in a Gospel-singing family,

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  • Thursday at the 2019 Yee Haw Music Fest

    Scattered Grass leads a moment of silence for Les Sears at the 2019 Yee Haw Music Fest - photo © Bill Warren Jo Odom brought her MC skills to the Yee Haw Music Fest main stage Thursday. She led the crowd in a moment of silence and reflection in honor of

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  • Colby Laney to leave Volume Five

    Guitarist and vocalist Colby Laney has announced his departure from Volume Five. He had toured with the band this past four years, which was his second stint with them. Colby made a name for himself while still a very young man, performing with members of his family as a teen, and

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  • Medical fund for Tom Adams dystonia treatment

    For many years, Tom Adams was at the top of the heap in the banjo world. He spent a few years honing his skills with Jimmy Martin, but it was his work with The Johnson Mountain Boys that made five string fans first sit up and take notice. Tom also

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  • 2019 applications open for IBMA Bluegrass Ramble showcases

    It may be only January, but plans and schemes are already being laid for the 2019 World of Bluegrass convention, hosted by the International Bluegrass Music Association in Raleigh, NC in late September. Artists interested in showcasing at this industry-wide event can now submit applications to participate in the Bluegrass Ramble.

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