• Celebration Of Life available now

    We had posted several weeks ago about an upcoming Skaggs Family Records project called Celebration Of Life, a two CD set recorded live at the Musicians Against Childhood Cancer festival to benefit the St. Jude Children"s Research Hospital in Memphis,

  • Mandolin Cafe: Bass Pro mandolin gear

    Our friends at Mandolin Cafe have a hilarious post available this morning which takes advantage of the reputation of today's date, and a long-standing tradition of news parodies dated 4/1. Theirs is entitled, Bass Pro Enters Mandolin Market, and is

  • Dr. Banjo honored by CBMS

    Pete Wernick, aka Dr. Banjo, has been chosen to be among the first four Coloradans inducted into the Bluegrass Hall Of Honor by the Colorado Bluegrass Music Society. Recipients were chosen for their demonstrated love of the music, and dedication

  • Clear Channel gives Bluegrass a try

    Clear Channel Radio, often cynically portrayed by critics as embodying all that is wrong with corporate radio consolidation, has flipped a property in WV from Gospel to a Bluegrass/Americana format, effective March 30. The station is WCTR-AM, serving the Huntington,

  • Ralph Stanley Does The Carter Family

    The second release of new Ralph Stanley recordings on Columbia is due on May 30, 2006, entitled A Distant Land To Roam - Songs Of The Carter Family. The new project was produced by T. Bone Burnett, whose collaborations

  • Alison Brown on the Opry this weekend

    Banjo player, Alison Brown and her band will be performing this Saturday on the Grand Ole Opry radio broadcast. She will be featured in the 9:30-10:00 p.m. and 12:30-1:00 a.m. segments (all times eastern). Noted not only for her fluid,

  • County Records reissue profiled on NPR

    Last week, All Things Considered on NPR carried a feature on County Records' 3 CD reissues containing field recordings of clawhammer banjo music. Originally released on vinyl in the mid-60s, these recordings were heralded by folklorists, and celebrated by fans

  • Mike Cleveland says “Let ‘Er Go Boys!”

    Fiery fiddler, and three-time IBMA award winner, Michael Cleveland's new CD, Let 'Er Go Boys! is out on Rounder Records. It features 17 tracks, with guest artists Vince Gill, Del McCoury, Dan Tyminski, Larry Sparks, Tim O'Brien, Jeff White, Audie

  • A loss in the family

    Carl Thomas Smith: 1938-2006 We share the sadness and loss felt at the passing of Carl Thomas Smith, who was killed in an accident at his home late last week. His contributions to bluegrass were huge, as he sired and encouraged

  • Ricky Skaggs on Prairie Home Companion 4/1

    This weekend, Garrison Keillor will welcome Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder as his guests on the popular A Prairie Home Companion radio program, broadcast live from The Historic State Theater in Minneapolis on April 1. The show is in its