• The Ebony Hillbillies

    The Tacoma, Washington, based The News Tribune has published a story about what it considers to be a stand out band at the 15th Annual Wintergrass festival during this past weekend's shindig. The Ebony Hillbillies weren't even expected to be

  • Folk Alliance Award winners

    The Third Annual Folk Alliance Awards were presented during the 20th Annual Folk Alliance Conference in Memphis, TN, on Wednesday evening, February 20, 2008. We have already mentioned the Lifetime Achievement Award Recipients: Mavis Staples Tommy Jarrell Rounder Records Other winners that may be of

  • A journey shaped by a guitar

    The New York Times has an interesting article published last Friday (2/22) entitled A Journey Shaped by a Guitar. It gives an insight into the workings of the famous Martin Guitar company's Nazareth, Pennsylvania, factory. Spoken of in terms of being

  • Old Time Gospel on AmericasBluegrass.com

    I received an interesting E-mail message from Charles Lewis this morning. A native Eastern Kentuckian, Lewis is the founder, President and Chief Executive Officer of America's Bluegrass, Inc. He has produced and hosted such Bluegrass and Gospel groups as The IIIrd.

  • Ricky Skaggs – Honoring The Fathers

    Just before Christmas John reported advanced news regarding the forthcoming Ricky Skaggs CD Honoring the Fathers of Bluegrass - Tribute to 1946 and 1947 on Skaggs Family Records. Although the official release date isn't until March 25th, audio samples from the

  • Rounder to receive Folk Alliance award

    Hot on the heals of the success of Rounder recording artists at The Grammy award show on Sunday comes news of an award for the label itself. The North American Folk Music and Dance Alliance (Folk Alliance) will honor Rounder Records

  • Dave Freeman remembers

    In the latest edition of the County Sales Newsletter, #290, David Freeman, the founder of the longstanding and illustrious retail outlet "for bluegrass, old-time and authentic rural music", is in a nostalgic mood, telling his readers how it used to

  • Kathy Mattea to deliver some Coal

    For some Kathy Mattea is to West Virginia what Patty Loveless is to Kentucky, although the former hasn't embraced bluegrass music as has the latter - until now, perhaps. Raised near Charleston, West Virginia, Grammy-award winning singer Mattea is to release