• Mike Compton picks Rotten Taters

    It has been five years since Mike Compton released an album: the Acoustic Disc release Stomp, with David Long. Otherwise nothing; not even work as a session player. Some friendly persuasion from Australians Paul Duff and Mick O'Neill, who both thought

  • Mark Twain – Words & Music

    Samuel Langhorne Clemens (November 30, 1835 – April 21, 1910), was an American author and humorist better known by his pen-name Mark Twain. He is best known for his novels The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (published in 1876) and its sequel Adventures

  • Christmas, A Time For Giving

    Christmas is a time for giving, for helping to provide for those less fortunate than ourselves. With that in mind, it is worthwhile remembering the annual benefit concert organized by Martha and Eddie Adcock. The Adcocks, accompanied by Donna Sonner, and

  • Tony Rice pays tribute to Big Mon

    Tributes to Bill Monroe continue into the new year with the January 31, 2012 release by ace guitarist Tony Rice, The Bill Monroe Collection (Rounder Records). The material, consisting of 14 songs and instrumentals by Monroe, was recorded by Rice in a

  • On This Day #4: The Traditional Grass

    On this day in 1983  …… On December 5, 1983, The Traditional Grass was formed. Joe Mullins, banjo player for The Traditional Grass,  retells the history of the group  ….. “We worked a Flea Market in downtown Dayton, Ohio, and it was a

  • Bobby Diamond Passes

    Robert F. Rook Jr., better known in bluegrass music circles as Bobby Diamond, passed away at his home in York, Pennsylvania, on Thursday, September 22, 2011. He was 78 years old. Born May 16, 1933, in Waynesboro, Pennsylvania, a son of

  • Grammy Nominations Announced

    And the nominations are … Yesterday (10/30) the Recording Academy officially began the countdown for the 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards with the announcement of the nominations for the 2012 awards which will be presented on Sunday, February 12 at STAPLES Center

  • Dr. Banjo scholarship deadline approaches

    Two scholarships for Pete Wernick’s Advanced Banjo Camp in January 2012 are still available, but the deadline for applications is December 5, only a few days away. One $1,000 scholarship covers almost all expenses for an out-of-state attendee and is being

  • Marksmen victimized at Myrtle Beach

    The Marksmen Quartet of Murrayville, Georgia, were the victims of thieves who stole their white Ford travel van, white enclosed Country Boy trailer and all their instruments, costumes and equipment while taking an overnight stay on November 25 at the