• Review: The Virginia Ramblers

    The Virginia Ramblers are, without wanting to seem unkind, in three parts the residue from the Alvin Breeden-led Virginia Cutups. Guitarist Charles Frazier, Donnie Shifflett (upright bass) and Jeff Vogelsang (mandolin) are well-steeped in playing bluegrass in the fashion

  • James King – Gardens in the Sky

    Rounder Records has posted information on its website about the forthcoming release of a new CD by James King. Titled Gardens in the Sky: The Bluegrass Gospel of James King (Rounder 0595), the album is scheduled for release on May

  • Sierra Hull spreads her wings

    Sierra Hull, the prodigious young singer and mandolin player, who has a debut Rounder album, Secrets, set for release on May 6, has landed a part in the film about Billy Graham's early life, currently being shot on location in

  • Review – Music Of Coal

    Music Of Coal - Various Artists (Lonesome Records & Publishing CD 071); two CDs with 70 page book, released in 2007 The work of coal miners has long been commemorated in song, disasters have led to contemporaneous ballad type songs and

  • The Freight Hoppers ride again

    Jim Roe of Roe Entertainment, based in Owensboro, Kentucky, has announced the addition of Rounder Recording artists, The Freight Hoppers, an old time string band, to his already exciting roster of bluegrass bands. Those patient fans who had the pleasure of

  • Wayne Fields passes

    Wayne Fields, most recently the banjo player with The Charlie Sizemore Band, passed away from complications associated with cancer on March 21. The deminutive Fields was born in Hazard, Kentucky, and moved to the Lexington area at a young age. He