• On This Day #56 – Sawtooth Mountain Boys

    On this day .. On September 4 and 5, 1993, the Sawtooth Mountain Boys played at Wolf Mountain Bluegrass Festival, Grass Valley, California.  A traditional bluegrass band established in 1964, the Sawtooth Mountain Boys consisted of Mike Eisler (fiddle), Steve Waller (mandolin,

  • Tom KcKinney passes

    Banjo virtuoso Tom McKinney passed away peacefully at the CarePartners Hospice Center, Asheville on Friday morning, August 31, 2018. He was 76 years old.  Thomas Haynes (Tom) McKinney III was born on November 25, 1941, in Orange County, Florida, was a

  • Polly Lewis passes 

    Polly Lewis Williamson Copsey passed away on Sunday, August 19, 2018, after a battle with the effects of Parkinson’s Disease and Lewy Body dementia for the past 16 years. She was 81 years of age.  Born on January 23, 1937, in

  • Mel Tillis and bluegrass music

    Country music singer and songwriter Mel Tillis passed away on November 19, 2017, at the age of 85. Following major surgery in 2016 the Country Music Hall of Famer never quite regained his full strength.  More associated as a country music crooner

  • Two singles from Chad Darou

    In advance of the release of his debut album, Raising the Bar, Chad Darou has released not one, but two singles today, the title track, an instrumental, and Heaven, a re-working of the Bryan Adams’ ballad, with Cia Cherryholmes stealing

  • Gary Henderson to Bell Buckle Radio

    Retirement became hiatus as Gary Henderson, who recently vacated his positions with the Bluegrass Country Foundation at the end of May, has been lured back onto radio, this time at the central Tennessee-based Bell Buckle Radio. Henderson soon realised that quitting

  • Gospel Choices #7 – Dan Hays 

    Here’s another contribution in this periodical feature, where we ask a bluegrass personality to choose their top five Gospel songs. On this occasion Dan Hays, a former Executive Director at the IBMA, reveals his five favorites. Beulah Land - Marty Raybon: