• Kip Martin, RIP

    The last time I talked to Kip Martin on the phone, we were trying to figure out how to get an Epiphone upright bass from my music room in the DC suburbs into his hands near Nashville. Kip was feeling good,

  • Rhonda Vincent’s Only Me

    Rhonda Vincent’s Only Me, released yesterday (1/28), settles a longstanding debate: Is she country or is she bluegrass? The answer found on this delicious recording is a resounding yes. There’s something for everybody: Six bluegrass cuts on one CD, six country

  • Kip Martin feted Sunday afternoon

    Kip Martin's friends filled a church sanctuary Sunday in Crofton, MD, opening their hearts and wallets for the ailing bass player. The former Sunny Mountain Boy was hundreds of miles away, surrounded by family in a hospice setting near Nashville, where

  • Benefit Planned for Kip Martin

    In the face of adversity, the bluegrass community is once again coming together to help one of its own. While bassist Kip Martin lies gravely ill in a Nashville hospital, bluegrass friends hundreds of miles away are planning a benefit to

  • Adkins & Loudermilk Hit the Road

    It’s a good thing Dave Adkins and Edgar Loudermilk just finished putting their new band together. They have a gig today at the Jekyll Island (GA) Bluegrass Festival. The gig came about by accident, a couple weeks before Adkins & Loudermilk

  • A Baker’s Dozen for 2013

    My mailbox and inbox overflowed with music in 2013, as sure a sign as any that bluegrass is alive and well. There’s good news and bad news about that. The good news is that much of that music was very well

  • Ricky Skaggs on the State of Bluegrass

    The good news about bluegrass, Ricky Skaggs said Thursday at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., is that it’s attracting new generations of fans and talented pickers. The bad news, he added, is that those fans are just like younger

  • John Miller Returns to the Stage

    John Miller is back in action after a four-month absence to battle tongue cancer. Miller’s emotional return to the stage came Saturday night when The Travelers played at the Lucketts, Va., community center. If Miller hadn’t talked about his illness from