• On This Day #25 – Dale Reno

    On This Day ………… On February 6, 1961, Dale Reno was born in Roanoke, Virginia. The second son of banjo ace Don Reno, Dale Reno fell in love with musical instruments at the tender age of ten. Initially he built his first

  • L.W. Lambert passes

    North Carolina banjo player L.W. Lambert passed away on January 23rd, 2014, at his home in Olin. He was 87 years old and his health had been declining for a while. Luin Wilford Lambert, Jr  was born April 18, 1926, in

  • The High 48s ride the train

    The High 48s, a Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota, band formed in 2006, is working on an album of train songs with funding for the project coming from a successful Kickstarter campaign. This will be their fifth album project. They are a five-piece

  • William McCormick passes

    William McCormick of the McCormick Brothers band passed away on Thursday, December 19, 2013, in Oak Grove, Tennessee. He was 74 years old. Born May 9, 1939, William Harold McCormick was the next to the youngest brother. From the mid-1950s to the

  • On This Day #24 – Big Country Bluegrass

    On This Day ……….. On January 7, 1987, Big Country Bluegrass, based in Troutdale, Virginia, was formed. The ultra-traditional band was named after the Jimmy Martin instrumental Big Country, a tune that he recorded with J. D. Crowe on November 22, 1966.

  • Earl Scruggs Center opens January 11

    As I write this, bluegrass followers, and banjo pickers in particular, are acknowledging what would have been Earl Scruggs’ 90th birthday (January 6th). So, it seems fitting that the grand opening of the Earl Scruggs Center: Music & Stories from the

  • Sarah Elizabeth Campbell passes

    Singer-songwriter Sarah Elizabeth Campbell passed away on Thursday, December 26, 2013, in Austin, Texas, after a battle against liver cancer. As a child she was exposed to a rare form of Hepatitis C. She was 60 years old. Born on May

  • CMT Edge Bluegrass Picks for 2013

    Another publication to have named its favorite bluegrass albums of the year is CMT Edge. Writer Craig Shelburne selects 10 albums, some of which other people have chosen and, no doubt, will appear on more lists, while a few are very

  • PopMatters : The Best Bluegrass of 2013

    Pop culture media site PopMatters has published their year in review articles, including The Best Bluegrass of 2013. You may not agree with the Top 10 choices, but, with another perspective, the list (with reviews) may provide impetus to buy if you