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  • Wayne Henderson Festival celebrates 25 years

    This past Saturday marked 25 years that southwestern Virginia guitar maker/picker and National Heritage Award recipient, Wayne C. Henderson, held his music festival which features a guitar competition, local and international talent, and a Henderson-built guitar raffle to raise funds for music scholarships. Always held the third Saturday in June at

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  • Photos from 2019 Circa Blue Fest

    The 2019 Circa Blue Fest was held June 7-9 in Martinsburg, WV. The festival got in before the big rains came across the southeast, and enjoyed a beautiful weekend of music, sun, and fun at the Harry D. Shelley Park. Steve Harris, guitarist with the host band, Circa Blue, tells us

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  • IBMA announces new Board members and Executive Committee

    Following their annual 2-day meeting of the Board of Directors, June 10-11, the International Bluegrass Music Association in Nashville has announced 2 new directors joining the Board, and one returning. Recently sworn in as at-large members are Chris Pandolfi, banjoist with Infamous Stringdusters, and Ashley Moyer, press relations with Rounder Records.

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  • Eastman introduces ER-M electric mandolin

    With the ever increasing popularity of the mandolin in contemporary music, and the tendency of alt-bluegrass and Americana groups to plug in on stage, Eastman Guitars has introduced an electric mandolin model to serve those markets. Their new ER-M is built with using a solid maple, lightly arched top that is

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  • Grand Ole Opry at Bonnaroo 2019

    When the 2019 Bonnaroo mega-fest opened last Thursday night, festival-goers were witness to a special treat. The world famous Grand Ole Opry made the trip to Manchester, TN - about 65 miles southeast of Nashville - to broadcast live from the festival site. It is only quite rarely that the Opry

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  • The Spirit of Bill Monroe lives on in his Sons of Bluegrass

    According to Tom Ewing, author of Bill Monroe: The Life and Music of the Blue Grass Man and guitarist for his Blue Grass Boys the last ten years that Monroe performed, the father of bluegrass music had 149 various band members throughout his career. This past weekend, five of those

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