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  • Ashokan Bluegrass Camp launches this fall

    Not long ago we reported on the Ashokan Center in New York's Catskill Mountains celebrating 50 years operating as a locus for arts and traditional music education in the region. Formerly a campus of the State University of New York, it was purchased as a spillway for a nearby reservoir,

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  • Me And The Stars video from The Wooks

    Kentucky's The Wooks have released a new music video, for their new single, highlighting their new look and sound, as exemplified by their newest member. It's all new today from The Wooks!  Actually Aaron Bibelhauser has been with the band since last fall on banjo, but their first studio work together is

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  • Don Sowards passes

    Don Sowards, leader of the Laurel Mountain Boys, an excellent song-writer, singer and fine mandolin player, passed away at his home in Charleston, West Virginia, on Friday, January 26, 2018. He was 87 years old. Donald Ray Sowards, Sr. was born on December 4, 1930. He loved bluegrass music from an

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  • Thursday at Palatka Bluegrass Festival 2018

    The 14th February Palatka Bluegrass Festival kicked off with a bang on Thursday afternoon. The day turned warm and sunny with the temperature reaching 80 degrees. Sherry Boyd is once more handling the MC duties, She keeps the bands and the audience happy. Blue Ridge Sound’s own John Holder had everything

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  • Tommy Long back with Carolina Road

    It's been almost exactly a year since Tommy Long stepped away from his position as guitarist and lead vocalist for Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road. The move was necessitated by a diagnosis of throat cancer last March, with treatment specified that ruled out running the road singing bluegrass. But now, 12

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  • More on last weekend’s Ernie Thacker benefit

    Audience at the February 10 benefit for Ernie Thacker in Ohio. Organizer Ernie Evans shared some further details about the benefit concert he put on with his company, Evans Media Source, last Saturday, and about which we posted on Monday. They raised $10,000 for Ernie and his family, and had provided

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