• Kirby Parker, RIP

    Kirby Parker, a two-time president of the Alabama Bluegrass Music Association and widely known ambassador of bluegrass music, died Monday after suffering from ALS. Parker led the Log Cabin Band, named after his home in Leeds, AL, where he hosted a

  • Breakin’ Easy from Donna Ulisse

    The latest Mountain Home Music CD from Donna Ulisse is one of those “on the one hand, on the other hand” propositions. On the one hand, Ulisse’s Breakin’ Easy is a textbook example of top-notch traditional bluegrass songwriting. Every listen unveils

  • Aaron Bibelhauser joins the Wooks

    The Wooks - Arthur Hancock, Aaron Bibelhauser, Roddy Puckett, and C.J. Cain Aaron Bibelhauser, who has made quite a splash as a bluegrass songwriter in recent years, has a new outlet for his music. He’s joining The Wooks, a Kentucky-based bluegrass

  • Bluegrassers step in to help Ernie Thacker

    Like many of us, Rhonda Vincent was deeply moved by Ernie Thacker’s poignant video disclosing that a widespread infection would take his life, and seeking donations to help pay for his funeral and medical expenses. But while just about everybody else

  • Balsam Range Rings In Christmas

    I read a shocking statistic the other day: 56 percent of Americans have started their Christmas shopping. Shocking because I hadn’t even ordered a Thanksgiving turkey yet, let alone given a single thought to Dec. 25. Well, I still haven’t ordered

  • Ron Stewart lands with Seldom Scene

    Ron Stewart’s search for work didn’t last long after the Boxcars disbanded a few weeks back. Next Saturday, he’ll officially join the Seldom Scene at a show in Cincinnati, transferring his stout banjo and fiddle skills from one Grammy-nominated bluegrass

  • Flatt Lonesome Brings Beauty to the Darkness

    Flatt Lonesome’s outstanding new Mountain Home Music release, Silence in These Walls, should come with a warning label: “Proceed with caution if you’ve just had a fight with your significant other, are lonely or feeling lost in the world. You

  • IBMA Set to Stay In Raleigh

    When IBMA’s World of Bluegrass business conference kicked off Tuesday in Raleigh, attendees were welcomed to “the bluegrass capital of the world.” But one question was left hanging? For how much longer, since the agreement making Raleigh the host city is

  • Sonny and Bobby, Together Again

    No matter how smoothly tonight’s awards show goes at the International Bluegrass Music Association’s World of Bluegrass, the finale is pretty much guaranteed to be rocky. On a night that organizers promise will have a number of noteworthy moments, the biggest

  • Rhiannon Giddens: Bluegrass in Black and White

    Rhiannon Giddens remembers being shocked when an aunt from what she calls “the black side of the family” called herself a hillbilly. Hillbillies, in the stereotyped definitions of the media and television entertainment, were white. And as the daughter of a