…and why does it matter to bluegrass?

That is the obvious question in your mind as you look over this new site. We feel that our bluegrass community can only benefit from an accurate, authoritative and timely source for bluegrass news and comment – and this is exactly what Bluegrass Today is meant to be!

Imagine being able to log on several times each week – or even daily with your morning coffee – and see a roundup of news about the music we love. You might first see an item about a new release date for an upcoming CD, or maybe some European show dates for a favorite bluegrass act. The next could be a notice that a well know act is still looking for tunes for an upcoming recording project, or some “studio notes” about how a project is coming along. It could be an announcement about a new bluegrass radio show coming online, or a new web site or festival being launched.

Most items would include an outbound web link for additional details – one of the chief benefits of the way that blogging combines elements of news gathering with the interconnectedness of the Internet.

Perhaps the greatest potential benefit is the combination of the three elements highlighted above:

    Accurate: We will only include verifiable information, first hand whenever possible, with identification of our sources included. When we pass along unsourced bits, we will do so with the certain knowledge of the veracity of the information.

    Authoritative: Unlike email lists and bulletin boards/chat fora, Bluegrass Today is not published anonymously, but by named individuals who are known in the bluegrass world, and who put their credibility on the line with each edition. Further, a blog like this avoids the chatter and din that make bulletin boards and listserve email groups so cluttered and chaotic.

    Timely: We can post information within minutes of receiving it, and post updates/corrections just as fast when they are indicated.

One of the things that is so special about our music is the fact that almost everyone who works in the industry is a fan as well, and many fans also are involved on an amateur or part time/volunteer basis on the industry side. We are confident that Bluegrass Today will be quickly seen as a valuable resource to both producers and consumers in the bluegrass and acoustic music community – and those who work both sides of the fence.

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About the Author

John Lawless

John had served as primary author and editor for The Bluegrass Blog from its launch in 2006 until being folded into Bluegrass Today in September of 2011. He continues in that capacity here, managing a strong team of columnists and correspondents.