• Heidi Brooke marries love of bluegrass and art

    Heidi Brooke is no stranger to music. Her mother, Jennifer Brooke, is married to songwriting fiddler and band leader Mike Mitchell. Together they run the Floyd Music School in Floyd, VA, and host occasional house concerts. And Heidi, 18, often accompanies

  • The Legacy of the Red Shoes

    Lucy Khadder and David Morris with their red Chucks at World of Bluegrass (9/28/22) - photo © Jeromie Stephens Dr. Bobby Jones died 10 years ago. But his spirit lives on at IBMA's World of Bluegrass, in the hearts of many

  • IBMA announces 2022 Momentum Award winners

    Full Cord Bluegrass performs at the 2022 IBMA Momentum Awards (9/28/22) - photo © Frank Baker IBMA's annual Momentum Awards luncheon always serves as a powerful reminder that the future of bluegrass is in good hands. This year, as the pain

  • New IBMA Keynote format is a hit

    Craig Havighurst with Dale Ann Bradley and C.J. Lewandowski at the WOB Keynote Address - photo © Frank Baker Dale Ann Bradley grew up in a Primitive Baptist Church where her father was the preacher and musical instruments were not allowed. Then

  • Imaginary Lines – Unspoken Tradition

    Like so many of us, in and out of bluegrass, the members of Unspoken Tradition had big plans for 2020, touring in support of, and planning their follow-up to, 2019's superb Myths We Tell Our Young. But COVID interrupted those plans,

  • Black Banjo – Tray Wellington

    Sometimes you can look at the name of an artist or a producer and be pretty sure what's coming. Song after song in the same style, often at similar tempos and mostly in one or two keys. Needless to say,