• Jens Kruger back in action

    The Kruger Brothers at the May 2018 Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival - photo by Frank Baker After six weeks off, three surgeries and two hospital stays, banjo stylist Jens Kruger is back on the road with the Kruger Brothers. Their day-night doubleheader of

  • Ryan Lester joins Kevin Prater Band

    A guitarist with long-time ties to Kevin Prater and Danny Stiltner will be joining them in The Kevin Prater Band. Ryan Lester, of Hurley, VA, replaces Tom Timberlake, who had to leave the road for health reasons after a long affiliation

  • Gibson Seeks Bankruptcy Protection

    Gibson Brands, makers of legendary guitars, mandolins, banjos and other instruments, filed for bankruptcy protection Tuesday, a move designed to keep the company afloat while it tries to fix its finances. The Nashville-based company, founded in 1894, will refocus on its

  • Carter Stanley’s Eyes from Peter Rowan

    Peter Rowan has paid his dues, spending more than 50 years in and around bluegrass, sharing the stage with everyone from Bill Monroe and Jerry Garcia. Now, he’s paying tribute. His new CD on Rebel Records is called Carter Stanley’s Eyes.

  • Kristy Cox scores with Ricochet

    When I reviewed Part of Me from Kristy Cox two years ago, I ended with these words about her work with songwriter and producer Jerry Salley: “I can’t wait to hear what Cox comes up with next. And here’s hoping she

  • Ted Lehmann: An Appreciation

    I’m going do something I’ve never done before. And I may never do it again. At the end of this post, I’m going to ask that you click on a link that will take you to another site that writes a bit

  • Ernie Thacker passes

    Ernie Thacker could have quit a hundred times since that awful April night 12 years ago, when a car crash cut short his solo bluegrass career and left him paralyzed below the waist. But he didn’t. He sang when he could,

  • Crepe Paper Heart – Becky Buller

    I have a problem with Becky Buller. There I said it. My problem: After a couple of earlier reviews of Becky’s music, I’m running out of adjectives to describe her latest Dark Shadow Recording project, Crepe Paper Heart. How many ways are

  • Steve Mandell passes

    Steve Mandell, who played one of the most recognizable guitar parts in bluegrass history, died today. Mandell, who stayed active in the Baltimore-area bluegrass community until his death, had prostate cancer. If you live away from the Baltimore-Washington D.C. area, you might

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