• 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

  • It’s time for Hazel in the Hall of Fame

    Is this the year bluegrass pioneer Hazel Dickens is inducted into the bluegrass Hall of Fame? It should be. Then again, last year, she didn’t even make the ballot, a head-scratching development that seems to defy explanation. But just as spring’s

  • Melody Walker, Molly Tuttle offer Bigger Than This

    Sometimes when two songwriters get together to collaborate, the result is more than anyone expected. That was the case recently when Melody Walker and Molly Tuttle, both recent Nashville transplants from California and both award-winning writers and artists, sat down

  • Ned Luberecki’s Take Five Shines

    If I were a casting director looking for someone to play a mad scientist, Ned Luberecki would be my guy. I can picture him in a white lab coat, huddled over an experiment, with an evil grin and a devious

  • Vince Gill has eye on Bluegrass Homecoming

    If digital recording sites had a bin for remainders—products that didn’t live up to the hype or sales—they’d be filled with projects by country stars who, for one reason or another, tried the bluegrass route at some point in their

  • WAMU’s Bluegrass Country Lives On

    Bluegrass Country radio has a new lease on life. A new foundation, using WAMU’s broadcasting license, will take over broadcast and streaming operations for the long-running Washington, D.C., bluegrass institution on February 6. An agreement between WAMU 88.5 and the Bluegrass Country

  • Dave’s Dozen: 2016 Favorites

    One of the favorite parts of my work for Bluegrass Today is the steady stream of music that fills my mailbox and my inbox. A close second is the joy of discovering and testing new products. Hey, it’s a tough job,

  • Deadlines approach for song contests

    There’s still time for songwriters to enter two major contests that honor bluegrass compositions. January 5 is the entry deadline for the DC Bluegrass Union’s Hazel Dickens Song Contest. The contest, in its third year, is strictly for bluegrass (including bluegrass

  • Gillian Welch talks Bluegrass, Bootlegs

    In the perfect vision of hindsight, it’s hard to imagine Gillian Welch struggling to get a foothold in the music business. It’s also difficult to imagine her performing any kind of music other than the bluegrass-inflected Americana that has made her

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