• IBMA Chief Pledges Focus on Finances

    IBMA President and Chairman of the Board Stan Zdonik says improving IBMA’s financial health “will be the driving criterion” behind all decisions by the group’s board of directors “until we are again running in the black.” Zdonik’s comments came in a

  • The Gospel Side of Dailey & Vincent

    When it comes to contemporary bluegrass Gospel, the standards against which all others get measured are Paul Williams and the Victory Trio, the Isaacs and Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver. With The Gospel Side of Dailey &Vincent, Jamie Dailey and Darrin

  • Stetson & Cia Pare It Back

    There are a couple of broad hints that suggest listeners are in for something different on the new EP from Stetson Adkisson and Cia Cherryholmes, which is titled Stetson & Cia. The first is a quotation on the CD jacket from

  • Intrepid Jim Hurst Flies Solo

    When I met Jim Hurst for the first time last summer, I was almost surprised to discover he has just two hands. He sure plays guitar like he has a couple of extras, using a blend of flat picking and

  • Herschel Sizemore tribute

    In a long day of great music and great moments at Sunday’s benefit concert in Roanoke for Herschel and Joyce Sizemore, two backstage discussions captured the spirit of the man being feted and the music community that supported the event. One

  • IBMA at the Crossroads

    Editor’s Note: This is the first in a series of occasional articles about the future of IBMA. This story contains many more numbers than the one-four-five usually associated with bluegrass, and a more serious approach than we usually take at

  • Introducing the Clay Hess Band

    Clay Hess has his new band in place and is booking shows for the upcoming festival season. Clay handled lead guitar duties for Sierra Hull and Highway 111 until last month. Joining him to tour in support of his solo album,

  • The Education of Bryan McDowell

    Like any good student, Bryan McDowell worked hard on his lessons before Monday’s big test. And like many of the best and brightest, as soon as it was over he lamented that he should have done better. “I studied hard, but