• More from opening day at Christmas in the Smokies

    Following last year's shutdown due to the global pandemic, Lorraine Jordan was happy to return for the 10th year of her Christmas in the Smokies Bluegrass Festival. Lorraine's 91-year-old, motorcycle-riding dad, Royce Jordan, co-MCed Wednesday night's festivities with Highway 40 Bluegrass's

  • Introducing the Tennessee Plow Cleaners

    Bluegrass songwriter, Billy Smith, has formed a new band, the Tennessee Plow Cleaners. The Nashville-based ensemble consists of David Talbot on banjo, Shad Cobb on fiddle, Smith on guitar, and his wife, Marilyn, on upright bass. Ironically, none of the

  • Carson Peters talks about his time on The Voice

    This week seventeen-year-old singer and fiddler, Carson Peters, was eliminated from NBC’s The Voice during the Knockout round of the singing contest. In a phone interview, the Piney Flats, TN native reflected on his experience on the nationally televised talent

  • Wayne Miller passes

    Wayne Miller, banjo picker from Asheboro, NC, died on October 21, 2021, after a brief bout with pancreatic cancer. He was 72. Starting in the late 1970s, Miller played in a band called the Randolph Express (named after the North Carolina

  • Colorado – new single for Mason Via

    Mason Via, newest member of the Old Crowe Medicine Show and 2021 American Idol contestant, has a new single out today on Mountain Fever Records. The song, Colorado, written by Via and Thomas Cassel (mandolinist with Circus No. 9), is a