• On This Day #31 – The Churchmen

    On This Day …………. June 8, 2014, marks the 25th anniversary of the formation of The Churchmen, a bluegrass Gospel band based in Collinsville, Virginia. The original members of The Churchmen were Freddy Rakes (banjo), Keith Clark (guitar), Jeff Mills (bass) and

  • James Alan Shelton: Career Overview 

    One of the most respected and loved bluegrass musicians of any era, James Alan Shelton, passed away earlier this week (during the evening of June 3). James Alan Shelton was born on November 3, 1960, in Kingsport, Tennessee, and raised on

  • Jerry Sullivan passes 

    Jerry Sullivan of the famous traditional bluegrass Gospel group, the Sullivan Family, passed away at his home on Saturday May 31. He had been ill for some time. A native of Wagarville, in rural southern Alabama, born on November 22, 1933,

  • On This Day #29

    ...return to page 1 In 1962, Wiseman played at Carnegie Hall on a bill headlined by Johnny Cash; Wiseman earned top reviews in The New York Times. That same year Wiseman left Dot Records for Capitol Records where he cut both bluegrass

  • Joe Zauner to Patent Pending

    Washington, DC area banjo player Joe Zauner has joined Patent Pending. Zauner, who has been playing banjo since 1973, is like several of his new bandmates in Patent Pending, in that he cut his bluegrass teeth playing in Washington, DC-area clubs