• 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

  • IBMA, Foundation for Bluegrass Music Announce Merger

    Two premier bluegrass organizations, the International Bluegrass Music Association and the Foundation for Bluegrass Music will merge. The announcement, made Tuesday at the start of IBMA’s annual business conference, is aimed at strengthening the educational and fundraising efforts of the two