• Gettysburg Festival Reaches Milestone

    If, for some awful reason, I could only attend one bluegrass festival each year outside of IBMA’s big bash in Raleigh, I would most likely pick one of the twice-a-year extravaganzas at Gettysburg. The music, of course, is terrific, with enough

  • DC Bluegrass Union sets instrumental contest

    Here’s an idea that’s long overdue: A writing contest that focuses on instrumental numbers in the bluegrass and old-time traditions. The DC Bluegrass Union opened entries today for the inaugural Mike Auldridge Instrumental Contest, which will go hand-in-hand with the organization’s

  • Hooray for Hazel, and Other Musings

    A few decidedly subjective thoughts about yesterday’s awards announcement. These sentiments may or may not be shared by anyone else at Bluegrass Today, or maybe even by anyone else in bluegrass today.First and foremost, congratulations to the newest members of

  • IBMA Honors Bluegrass Today

    It started as a lark. John Lawless and Brance Gillihan would find themselves talking about politics and the 2004 presidential election during their spare time working on bluegrass music teaching videos for John’s company, AcuTab. Sometimes the conversation drifted to

  • Rock Guitarist finds bluegrass

    If you had stumbled across Trey Alexander nine months ago, chances are he would have been shredding an electric guitar in a manner befitting someone who was named one of the top 10 electric players and was Guitar Player magazine’s

  • Keith Arneson’s final gig

    Twenty-four years after Keith Arneson and his banjo walked out of boot camp, he played his final gig in uniform Friday night with the U.S. Navy band, Country Current. It was a bittersweet moment for Arneson, and for a few dozen

  • Foxhounds and Fiddles from Flashback

    J. D. Crowe is gone from the stage, but his music and his influence remain constant, both in terms of songs that remain in regular rotation on the bluegrass airwaves and of ex-band members who continue to make music shaped