• Austin Scelzo named 2023 Connecticut Arts Hero

    Austin Scelzo, fiddler with Rock Hearts and On The Trail, has been chosen as a recipient of the 2023 Connecticut Art Hero award. Since 2016, the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development has selected award winners from all across the

  • Welcome Amelia Strouth!

    Kevin Strouth, mandolinist with Starlett & Big John, and his wife, Nicole, are celebrating the birth of their first child. Amelia Rose Strouth was born on November 19 in Fairfax, VA. She made her arrival at 4:32 p.m., weighing in at

  • Sally Sandker Ziesing sings the anthem in DC

    At yesterday's Washington Commanders football game in Landover, MD, Sally Sandker Ziesing, guitarist and vocalist with US Navy Band Country Current, had the honor of singing the national anthem before kickoff. Sally, the daughter of the Queen of Bluegrass, Rhonda

  • Congratulations Kadence and Zion!

    Kadence Williamson, bass player, vocalist, and middle daughter in Williamson Branch, was married to Zion Reynolds in Lebanon, TN on October 27. Her sisters, Caroline and Melody, served as Maid of Honor and Bridesmaid, respectively. Melody tells us that the couple

  • Tim Ellis’ 65th Birthday Celebration

    Tim Ellis and his wife, Roxanne, celebrate his 65th birthday - photo © Bill Warren Southeast Michigan has been blessed with a number of musicians that made "the big time."  Tim Ellis is one of those who had the opportunity of traveling

  • Cirrus Guitars launches in Michigan

    Veteran acoustic guitar builder Mike Franks, of M.J. Franks Guitars, and his former apprentice, Tobin McGlassion of McGlassion Guitars, have joined forces to launch Cirrus Guitars, dedicated to building professional grade steel string guitars at a more affordable price point. They

  • Welcome Macy Haygood!

    Congratulations to Ellen Petersen Haygood, banjo player and vocalist with The Petersens, and her husband Michael Haygood of The Haywoods, on the birth of their first child. Both mom and dad perform with their family bands in Branson, MO. Macy Katherine