• Deering introduces Rustic Wreath banjo

    Deering has introduced a new model in its Golden Series line called the Rustic Wreath, designed to capture some of the vintage appeal of older instruments in an economy-minded banjo. All of their Golden Series banjos are styled like the old

  • And To Think That I Saw It At Bean Blossom

    I wanted to begin this week by answering some concerns raised in the comments section and elsewhere about some of the contents of my columns, whether it be alleged pinball sexism, or alleged lack of respect for traditional bluegrass lyrics.

  • Congratulations Gaven and Marissa!

    When Blue Highway announced yesterday that Justin Moses was joining the band on reso-guitar, a great many folks wondered, "What is up with Gaven?" Gaven Largent had been playing with the band since late in 2015, and most everyone thought he

  • Peter Rowan in Europe with Red Wine

    Legendary singer/songwriter Peter Rowan and Italian bluegrass band Red Wine have linked up to play some prestigious dates in Europe this month. This working relationship goes back about 20 years as Red Wine’s banjo player Silvio Ferretti recollects …… "First time we

  • Deering adds three new banjo string sets

    Deering Banjo Company has added three new gauges to its offerings for banjo players, along with redesigned packaging for the entire line. This brings the total to seven different sets for five string banjoists, plus one for six string, two

  • Welcome Elnora Shilling!

    Josh Shilling of Mountain Heart, and his wife, Aleah, are celebrating the birth last Saturday of their second daughter. Elnora Dove Shilling was born just after midnight on April 28, surprising her parents by coming four weeks early. She only weighed

  • Gibson Seeks Bankruptcy Protection

    Gibson Brands, makers of legendary guitars, mandolins, banjos and other instruments, filed for bankruptcy protection Tuesday, a move designed to keep the company afloat while it tries to fix its finances. The Nashville-based company, founded in 1894, will refocus on its

  • Congratulations Terry and LuAnn

    This past weekend, Terry Smith, bass player with The Grascals, was wed to LuAnn Adams in a private ceremony in Murfreesboro, TN. Both are long time grassers, but from opposite sides of the stage. Terry has performed in the bluegrass world

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