• Remembering Willie Kerr

    Willie Kerr died last week and a part of bluegrass died with him. Unless you played or attended the two annual festivals at Gettysburg or shows in and around York, PA, you probably didn’t know Willie. But artists and fans alike

  • The Stanley Brothers: Hall of Fame Oversight

    There’s a glaring omission at the Country Music Hall of Fame. The Stanley Brothers deserve to be there, and every year that goes by without their induction devalues those who are enshrined. “I’ve been angry about it. I’ve been perplexed about it.

  • What IBMA Can Learn from Merlefest

    Leaders of IBMA and the city of Raleigh can breathe a little easier now that another year of MerleFest is in the books. The annual four-day roots music extravaganza in Wilkesboro, NC, was the first major music festival held in the

  • Southport – A Festival with a Twist

    Louisa Branscomb knows a thing or two about songwriting, for sure. And she has two Grammys, two Song of the Year trophies (IBMA and SPBGMA), nearly 200 cuts, and a long list of hits to prove it. But her newest venture,

  • IBMA Keeping Eye on ‘Toilet Bill’

    Controversial legislation in North Carolina has IBMA stuck between the proverbial rock and a hard place, a development that makes the usual arguments about the definition of bluegrass seem quaint. On one side are some members, musicians and fans who say

  • Williamson Family Band Branchin’ Out

    One of the fun parts of writing for Bluegrass Today is watching young artists mature, as individuals and musicians, and watching some family bands graduate from the cute stage to genuine top-tier acts. I’ve watched it happen with The Bankesters, Flatt

  • Frank Solivan Cooks Up a Good One

    Frank Solivan just keeps getting better, as a songwriter, arranger, singer and, not the least, instrumentalist. Recent years have seen a string of solid recordings, IBMA nominations and awards, and growing recognition for Solivan and his band. His newest recording is,