• 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

  • IBMA Acting On Audit Recommendations

    IBMA is taking steps to implement some of the recommendations noted in the recently released independent audit. Auditors for Collinsworth, Bright and Co. gave the association a relatively clean bill of health in their review of finances from Jan. 1, 2006,

  • Detour’s Helping Hand for Veterans

    The story on the radio stopped Jeff Rose in his tracks. He was shocked to discover there were so many homeless veterans in northern Michigan and many thousands more across the United States. So he did what musicians do. He wrote

  • Songwriter to Songwriter: Mark Brinkman

    This next installment of David Morris' Songwriter to Songwriter features his discussion with Mark Brinkman during World of Bluegrass in Nashville in September. They talk about the upcoming Rural Rhythm project, God Didn't Choose Sides, which features new songs about the

  • A Prayer for Lyric

    Stacy Grubb has long believed in the healing powers of music and prayer. And, as a songwriter and performer, she admires the way members of the bluegrass community pull together to help their own. She’s been on the helping end, including

  • Songwriter to Songwriter: Blake Williams

    This next installment of David Morris' Songwriter to Songwriter features his discussion with Blake Williams during World of Bluegrass in Nashville last month. Blake has a long history in bluegrass, having played banjo with both Lester Flatt and Bill Monroe. These days he

  • Songwriter to Songwriter: David Adkins

    For this next episode of Songwriter to Songwriter, David Morris chats with David Adkins, songwriter and vocalist with Republik Steele. They talk about the band's upcoming record, and some of the songs Adkins wrote for the new project. Be sure to