• The Grass Cats calling it quits

    To add to the rather tumultuous nature of changes that have been announced in the past few weeks comes the news that the North Carolina-based band The Grass Cats is following decisions by the Spinney Brothers and The Boxcars by

  • Vernon McQueen remembered

    As previously reported, one-time Blue Grass Boy and life-long bluegrass musician and singer Vernon McQueen passed away on March 16, 2017. He was 86 years of age. Vernon McQueen was born on August 6, 1930, in McKee, Jackson County, in Kentucky. Periodically,

  • On This Day #51 – Reno & Harrell 1967

    On this day … On November 2, 1967, Don Reno and Bill Harrell and The Tennessee Cut-Ups recorded two bluegrass Gospel tracks, Stepping Stone to Glory and I’m Just a Little Old Fashioned that were released as a single, King 45-6150. The

  • Ronnie Allen remembered

    Ronald Ray “Ronnie” Allen, the bass-playing eldest son of Harley ‘Red’ Allen, passed away on February 21, 2017. He was 67 years of age. Ronnie Allen was born in Dayton, Ohio, in 1949. He started his involvement in music as a rock

  • Ashokan Center celebrates 50 years

    Jay Ungar and Molly Mason Having heard the haunting tones of Ashokan Farewell, a waltz in D major composed by Jay Ungar in September 1982 and used in the soundtrack to Ken Burns' documentary series Civil War, few of us can

  • Buddy Merriam health update

    We are delighted to report that Buddy Merriam has come successfully through his surgery of yesterday (October 16, 2017). Kathy DeVine, guitarist with Buddy Merriam & Back Roads, gives today’s news and praises his medical team for all their efforts so

  • Buddy Merriam to undergo surgery

    Noted bluegrass mandolin artist, bandleader, and radio host Buddy Merriam will be having quadruple heart bypass surgery today (October 16, 2017). Surgery will take place at the Stony Brook Medical Center, (currently known as Stony Brook University Hospital), in Stony Brook,

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