• IBMA 2009

    The International Bluegrass Music Association has begun the marketing campaign for this year's World of Bluegrass event in Nashville, TN. As usual, the week long event will include the IBMA business conference/trade show, the International Bluegrass Music Awards Show, and

  • Del Fest in photos

    Photographer Bill Merlavage was at the recent Del Fest. The festival persevered through much rain and mud, and so did Bill. He's posted over 300 photos of the event on his website, and they are great photos. If you were

  • Dailey & Vincent: video update

    After posting last week about the recently wrapped video shoot for Dailey & Vincent, John and I had the chance to speak with Jamie and Darrin on the phone, and ask them about the video. The duo tells us the video

  • Steve Martin on Billboard 200

    Reuters reported last night that Steve Martin has landed on the Billboard 200 this week. Martin has not had an album chart since his 1981 LP The Steve Martin Brothers. That LP featured comedy cuts on side one, with banjo

  • Dailey & Vincent: On The Other Side – video

    The award winning bluegrass duo Dailey & Vincent have just wrapped filming on a music video for the song On The Other Side. The song comes from their most recent album Brothers From Different Mothers. The video was directed by Julian

  • Tune up with your iPhone

    If you'd like to train yourself to tune your instrument by ear, your iPhone can help. Stanton Studio, LLC has recently released a new iPhone App called ToneTune for just this purpose. With over 60 unique tunings for an impressive list

  • Lewis Family lays it down

    The news (here and here) this morning out of Georgia is that the First Family of Bluegrass has decided to call it quits. The Lewis Family has been playing Bluegrass and Gospel music for over half a century, but with family

  • EWOB Winners

    May is Bluegrass month and accordingly, the European Bluegrass Music Association held its 12th annual EWOB Festival in Voorthuizen, The Netherlands. One of the highlights of the EWOB festival is the voting for European Bluegrass Band of the Year. There

  • Peaceful Bend Americana Music Fest

    The Peaceful Bend Americana Music Fest took place last weekend, outside St. Louis, MO. Due to other commitments, I wasn't able to attend the entire weekend, but I was on hand for the opening ceremonies on Thursday evening. The festival is

  • What’s in a name?

    According to Craig Bickhardt, It's All (Almost) In A Name. The subject is songwriting. More specifically, it's the naming of songs. Craig discusses the value of a compelling song title, and the disappointment of a bland one. He argues that far