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  • Dove Award nominees announced for 2017

    The nominees for the 48th Dove Awards have been announced by the Gospel Music Association and, as always, several bluegrass artists have received a nod. The award that generates the most attention from grassers is in the Bluegrass/Country/Roots Album Of The Year. Those nominees are: Call Me Old-Fashioned – Bradley Walker, (producers) Rory

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  • Prucha introduces new lightweight Jason Burleson Spirit banjo

    Jaroslav Prucha, who builds professional grade bluegrass instruments in the Czech Republic, has introduced a new version of his Jason Burleson signature Spirit model banjo with a number of component changes to make the instrument more lightweight. The strikingly attractive gold-plated banjo uses a top tension apparatus to hold the head

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  • Danny Paisley talks about his father’s guitar

    Danny Paisley playing his father Bob's 1949 D-18 - photo by Marla Singleton Katy Daley is starting a new series where she talks with musicians who have been entrusted with the care of an instrument that had already made bluegrass history before coming into their possession. You may be surprised by

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  • The Trailblazers take top spot at Galax 2017

    When the dust cleared in the wee hours of Sunday morning and all the winners had been announced at the 82nd annual Old Fiddlers Convention in Galax, VA, The Trailblazers from Wilkesboro, NC had brought home top honors in the Bluegrass Band competition. This young group wowed the crowd -

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  • Bluegrass analogy… inference… comparison… similitude

    Last week I delved into the bluegrass analogy, which when used properly (adhering strictly to state and local guidelines on bluegrass analogy use), can be used as a method of explaining various things to bluegrass musicians and fans who might just tune you out otherwise. I figured I had offered

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  • Travelin’ McCourys on Jam In The Van

    When The Travelin' McCourys appeared at the High Sierra Music Festival in Quincy, CA last month, they stepped in to the Jam Van and recorded several videos for the Jam In The Van web series. The Van is a solar-powered mobile recording studio that tours the US looking for opportunities

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