• Blue Mafia takes a breather

    Blue Mafia is pulling off the bluegrass highway for at least the rest of 2018, while guitarist and founder Tony Wray enjoys his ride with Tyminski and fiddler Kent Todd takes on a full-time job and focuses on his family. The

  • Epilogue: A Tribute to John Duffey

    It’s early to start thinking about the 2019 IBMA awards, given that the finalists for this year haven’t been selected yet. But I already have a frontrunner for next year’s recorded event of the year, the award that goes to a

  • Unbroken – Trinity River Band

    It no longer surprises me when drums show up on a bluegrass record. When everybody from Irene Kelly to the Lonesome River Band and Joe Mullins and the Radio Ramblers is using percussion on their projects, it’s clear their use

  • More money for IBMA in Raleigh extension

    IBMA and Raleigh have been very good for each other since they started working together on World of Bluegrass in 2013, so it doesn’t come as a surprise that the relation is being extended for three years. The conference’s move from

  • 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

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