• Notes and Nuggets from IBMA

    Get ready for some great, new music. While many of us will slow down a bit after IBMA’s World of Bluegrass and Fan Fest, some major bands are in the studio or will heading there shortly. Dailey and Vincent’s new one, due

  • New Song-Selling Service Debuts

    The continuing shift to digital music opens new possibilities for artists, but it also presents some marketing challenges. Fans who hear a song at a show and want to buy a digital version on the spot usually have two options –

  • After Hours With Junior Sisk

    Is there any better singer in bluegrass today than Junior Sisk? When he’s at his best, maybe not. But even when he’s not at his best, he’s very, very good. Tuesday night was one of those times when Junior wasn’t at his

  • A Tribute to Hazel Dickens

    It’s only Wednesday, and early Wednesday at that, but I’m willing to bet the best music of the week has already been played and sang at IBMA’s World of Bluegrass. To be sure, many terrific bands will roll through the Nashville

  • From Song Circle to Carnegie Hall

    One of the best parts about IBMA’s World of Bluegrass conference is you never know who you’ll meet around the next corner, or who will show up playing in a throw-together band. Two years ago, I dropped by an after-hours showcase

  • Slidin’ around at IBMA

    This evening, World of Bluegrass featured a special event for slide players, billed as a Slidegrass Extravaganza. David Morris happened upon Chad Graves from The Hillbenders warming up before the show.  

  • A Tag-Team Call for Diversity

    Get over it, already. Missy Raines and Chris Jones didn’t say it quite so bluntly, but that was the underlying message of their keynote address to kick off IBMA’s World of Bluegrass Conference Monday in Nashville. Using humor, a bit of self-deprecation

  • A New Frontier for Missy Raines

    There’s a lot going on in Missy Raines’ life these days. She’s in the studio with her band, The New Hip, working on a new album called New Frontier. Plus, she’s in the middle of a Kickstarter campaign to help pay

  • Leave the Bottle – Town Mountain

    I’m not sure what the definition of bluegrass would be in words alone, but if that definition was set to music, it would probably sound something like Town Mountain’s new Pinecastle Records release, Leave the Bottle. The dozen songs here are

  • Pure & Simple From Robert Hale

    My friend Stacy Grubb, a West Virginia singer-songwriter, sometimes muses that her music is too bluegrass for country and too country for bluegrass. That’s a perfect description for Pure & Simple, the first solo release from Robert Hale, the former