• Ernie Thacker passes

    Ernie Thacker could have quit a hundred times since that awful April night 12 years ago, when a car crash cut short his solo bluegrass career and left him paralyzed below the waist. But he didn’t. He sang when he could,

  • Crepe Paper Heart – Becky Buller

    I have a problem with Becky Buller. There I said it. My problem: After a couple of earlier reviews of Becky’s music, I’m running out of adjectives to describe her latest Dark Shadow Recording project, Crepe Paper Heart. How many ways are

  • Steve Mandell passes

    Steve Mandell, who played one of the most recognizable guitar parts in bluegrass history, died today. Mandell, who stayed active in the Baltimore-area bluegrass community until his death, had prostate cancer. If you live away from the Baltimore-Washington D.C. area, you might

  • Joe Mullins: The Stories We Tell

    When new music arrives from Joe Mullins and The Radio Ramblers, you can pretty much guarantee hearing traditional bluegrass songs about love, regret and hope, with a bit of Gospel added for good measure. You’ll hear tight harmonies and clean

  • Kirby Parker, RIP

    Kirby Parker, a two-time president of the Alabama Bluegrass Music Association and widely known ambassador of bluegrass music, died Monday after suffering from ALS. Parker led the Log Cabin Band, named after his home in Leeds, AL, where he hosted a

  • Breakin’ Easy from Donna Ulisse

    The latest Mountain Home Music CD from Donna Ulisse is one of those “on the one hand, on the other hand” propositions. On the one hand, Ulisse’s Breakin’ Easy is a textbook example of top-notch traditional bluegrass songwriting. Every listen unveils

  • Aaron Bibelhauser joins the Wooks

    The Wooks - Arthur Hancock, Aaron Bibelhauser, Roddy Puckett, and C.J. Cain Aaron Bibelhauser, who has made quite a splash as a bluegrass songwriter in recent years, has a new outlet for his music. He’s joining The Wooks, a Kentucky-based bluegrass

  • 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

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