• Dan Hays talking IBMA

    As many may be aware already, Kentucky-born Dan Hays is the Executive Director of the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) and has been in that position since August 1990. In a four-part collection of videos Hays discusses his career path, the

  • Laurie Lewis has a New Baby

    Well, that's the way she describes the release of her latest CD, Live, from Laurie Lewis and the Right Hands (Spruce & Maple Music SMM 2004). From the Bay Area of San Francisco, the highly rated fiddler and two-time International

  • Rounder to release new Tony Rice compilation

    Rounder Records has announced the forthcoming release of Night Flyer: The Singer-Songwriter Collection, due on August 5. The 17-track album assembles a wide range of material from Rice's catalogue of covers of the work of the many singer-songwriters with whom he

  • Del aggressively promotes Moneyland

    We have commented twice in recent weeks about the forthcoming McCoury Music release Moneyland. Now I can report that Del McCoury flies to New England this week to appear on the popular A Prairie Home Companion radio program to further

  • Curly Seckler still keeps busy

    Despite his age, 88 and looking very well too, Curly Seckler continues to be professionally active. Recently he has appeared on the public TV affiliated Song of the Mountains show, firstly with the Steep Canyon Rangers and then with Larry Sparks. Song

  • KET’s Jubilee attractions

    With gas prices making festival attendance more doubtful, for many, bluegrass on television perhaps becomes more attractive than hitherto. Recently, I was alerted to the appearance on Kentucky Educational Television's Jubilee stage of California's High Country, one of the West Coast's

  • Bluegrass Nights At The Ryman, Summer 2008

    The 2008 series of Bluegrass Nights At The Ryman begins this Thursday, June 26. The annual summer series of shows staged at the so-called mother church of country music, Nashville's Ryman Auditorium, will include appearances by Vince Gill, Earl Scruggs,

  • Mountain Roads and Whitetop Mountain

    Mountain Roads Recordings of Bristol, Tennessee continues its recruitment drive with the addition to the label's roster of The Whitetop Mountain Band from Whitetop, Virginia. The Whitetop Mountain Band is a family-based band from an area featuring the highest mountains of

  • Bluegrass on Mountain Stage

    Yesterday (Friday 6/13) I received a note from John Lilly, the editor of Goldenseal (the magazine of West Virginia traditional life) and multi-talented acoustic music performer, telling me about what's on West Virginia Public Broadcasting's Mountain Stage show this coming