Bluegrass Gazette has launched as an online community site to promote and foster the bluegrass scene in Canada. It takes the form of both a monthly magazine, and a social networking interface under the direction of editor Rick Thompson.
Monthly columns are scheduled from noted Canadian grassers like historian Neil Rosenberg, banjo picker David Talbot, fiddler John Allen and guitarist Ray Leger. There is a profile up now on Rayco Resophonics, built by Mark Thibeault in British Columbia, and an introductory note from the editor in which he explains the reasons why they have launched on the Internet.
“I have chosen an online format versus traditional print media for several reasons, cost being the most significant as even the largest of publishers struggle with declining subscriptions in the face of new media alternatives. The second reason is the sheer vastnest of this country. The most effective way to reach the greatest number of readers is the internet. I have attempted however to give this publication the feel of a traditional magazine. I hope you enjoy it.”
You can find all the content at www.bluegrassgazette.com.