• Retired at 35 – with a banjo

    The banjo has always had a unique relationship to television. It has showed up in some likely and unlikely places. We enjoyed the appearance of the banjo on The Office last year. Now it's made another showing in a new

  • Garden & Gun: Bluegrass Nation

    Garden & Gun magazine's newest edition, February/March 2011, is titled Bluegrass Nation: 25 Bands Giving Old-Time Music a Whole New Sound. The issue features Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers as the lead story. Other artists included in the issue

  • Bluegrass with an orchestra in Paris

    It's always fun to see how bluegrass musicians find their way into other realms of musical performance, showcasing the unique skills they've honed in bluegrass to a completely new audience. So we were pleased to read about a collaboration between

  • The Grascals are cooking with their new CD

    The Grascals' new CD isn't about food, it's about Country Classics With A Bluegrass Spin. Nonetheless, The Grascals seem to be finding themselves around food a lot. The CD itself is released on the Grascal's new label BluGrascal Records, in association

  • Peasall Sisters all grown up

    The Peasall Sisters were thrust into the spotlight when they contributed to the soundtrack for the popular movie, O Brother, Where Art Thou?, providing the singing voices of George Clooney's daughters, the Wharvey Girls, in 2000. That was 10 years

  • Extreme Makeover: Bluegrass Edition

    Gary Brewer has been playing bluegrass his entire life. His family is steeped in the genre going back generations. The current line up of his band includes three generations of Brewer men (Gary, his dad, and his two sons). When the

  • Free download from Steve Martin

    Last week we reported about the impending release of a new bluegrass CD by Steve Martin and The Steep Canyon Rangers. Martin has since made the title track available as a free download. The track is titled Rare Bird Alert. It's

  • Help the sound man help you

    As a new year gets underway, many of us are probably working out new arrangements to songs and beginning to think through what our band's show is going to look like during the 2011 season. If you're like me, you're

  • Steve Martin: Rare Bird Alert

    Steve Martin seems to have been enjoying his musical collaboration with the Steep Canyon Rangers. Things have gone well thus far: the fans love the show, his first banjo CD The Crow was well received by the bluegrass community, and

  • Balsam Range: concert series and webcasts

    Western North Carolina bluegrass group Balsam Range, has announced an exciting new concert series. Taking place at the Colonial Theatre, originally built in 1932 and then restored in 1992 and again in 2006, in the band's hometown of Canton, NC, the