• Renfro Proffitt passes

    ‘Renfro’ Proffitt, cross-picking guitar stylist and one-time member of Ralph Stanley’s Clinch Mountain Boys, passed away at the Community Hospice Care Center in Ashland, Kentucky, on Thursday, July 25, 2019. He was aged 69.  Troy Leen ‘Renfro’ Proffitt, born on July

  • EBMA – it’s time for a new start

    After being dormant for a while, the European Bluegrass Music Association (EBMA) has announced a new start, restructured its approach to bluegrass music in Europe, and consolidated its Board membership with the addition of two new members in February this

  • Bill Grant passes

    Bill Grant passed away on Tuesday, July 09, 2019, after a brief confinement to hospital following a fall on May 18 that resulted in a fractured leg.  Billy Joe Grant was born in Hugo, Oklahoma on May 9, 1929; a Choctaw

  • Jesse McReynolds 90 today

    Today, July 9, 2019, mandolin artist and long-term member of the venerable Grand Ole Opry cast, Jesse McReynolds, celebrates his 90th birthday.  Although he is a talented lead guitarist and fiddle player, he is best known for his innovative cross-picking and split-string

  • LeRoy Mumma passes

    LeRoy E Mumma passed away peacefully at his home in Denver, Pennsylvania, on July 2, 2019, aged 82. He had been having health issues for several years.  Mumma (pronounced MOOmaw) was born in Ephrata, Pennsylvania, played with some famous names in

  • Bluegrass Ramble – 20 years of picking

    Musicians everywhere love to get together to play and if they are with long-term friends so much the better.  Japanese guitar player and vocalist Kazuhiro Inaba isn’t any exception and the same goes for Sōhei Itō (mandolin and vocals), Hajime Tsutakawa

  • Claire Lynch remembers John Starling

    Singer/songwriter Claire Lynch, with whom John Starling shared a musical collaboration in the country-rock band Ready Section, speaks eloquently about the considerable impact that Starling had on her career.         "These are sad days indeed for a gal

  • John Starling remembered

    John Starling, who possessed one of the most cultured voices in bluegrass music, passed away on Thursday, May 2, 2019 at his Fredericksburg, Virginia, home.  From 1971, when the Seldom Scene was formed, to 1977 when he left the band, Starling