• Lynn Morris wins DCBU Award

    Lynn Morris, a national champion banjo player and award-winning vocalist, is this year’s winner of the Washington Monument Award, presented by the D.C. Bluegrass Union. Lynn is best known as the leader of the Lynn Morris Band and as a first-rate

  • SteelDrivers put the Hammer Down

    Listening to music from the SteelDrivers is a lot like watching an episode of NCIS. You know it’s only a matter time until a body turns up. With its third release on Rounder Records, Hammer Down, the band doesn’t waste any

  • Sing Me Home from Dawn Kenney

    The first time I heard Dawn Kenney sing, at an IBMA song circle two years ago, I so desperately wished I wasn’t next to perform. I don’t remember what I played or sang that night, but I guarantee I didn’t

  • In the Presence of Titans

    After a long night of picking and watching the sun come up on 2013, I was talking with a friend about the state of bluegrass music. It was far too easy to fall into a funk. Good bands led by talented musicians

  • A Few of My Favorite Things

    As a Bluegrass Today correspondent, I get to listen to a lot of music during the year. Some on CDs, some live. Some traditional bluegrass, some most definitely not. Some of it terrific, some of it, well, not so much. But

  • RIP Mike Auldridge

    The word “legend” gets tossed around pretty casually these days, but it does apply to Mike Auldridge, who died of cancer Saturday morning, one day short of his 74th birthday. Mike was a founding member of the Seldom Scene, a band

  • The Outliers Fit In

    The Outliers, as the name of this North Carolina band might suggest, aren’t afraid to stray beyond the bounds of bluegrass for their self-titled debut CD. It’s evident in the song selection, especially on Shout – a pop hit for Tears

  • Giving Thanks (Bluegrass Edition)

    While we count our many blessings, I want to take a couple of minutes to note some of the things I’m thankful for in the bluegrass world. For starters, I’m grateful that folks like Bill Monroe, Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs

  • Del and Sam Make a Dynamic Duo

    Whoever came up with the idea for Del McCoury and Sam Bush to leave their bands behind and tour briefly as a duo should become an instant candidate for Bluegrass sainthood. For song after song Sunday night, the dynamic duo blended