I’m proud to announce the family is growing once again. Parents Mason and Raven Fisher are excited to bring home bluegrass baby Maybelle Lee Fisher today. Folks should remember Mason as the banjo player for the Dowdy Brothers band. Congratulations Mason,
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Congratulations Austin and Amanda!
Austin Tate, mandolinist with Carson Peters & Iron Mountain, and Amanda Muncy, were married on February 15. The two were wed at Freedom Tabernacle Baptist Church in Atkins, VA during an afternoon ceremony. Austin tells us that while Amanda isn't a picker,
WristGrips – compressions wraps for musicians
Do you suffer from wrist pain when you play? Many musicians do, and the ailment isn't limited to professional players. A good number part time and amateur string musicians experience discomfort as well. It can come from any number of sources:
Online fundraiser for John Miller, struck again by cancer
Knoxville grasser John Miller, a guitarist and vocalist who has worked with a good many groups over the years, has been hit with a second round of cancer. And in the unkindest cut, it appears that the radiation treatment he
Missionary Bluegrass – Slow Jam in Barcelona
This report on the Barcelona Slow Jam comes from Michael Luchtan, an American living and studying bluegrass in Spain. It can be difficult for those of us in the States to realize what it's like learning bluegrass in missionary territory,
Welcome Grady Kinlaw!
Pattie Hopkins Kinlaw, fiddler and vocalist with Hank, Pattie & The Current, and her husband, Keith, are celebrating the birth of their first child. Grady Harrison Kinlaw was born on February 7 at 3:47 a.m. at Maynard Children’s Hospital in Greenville,
Jim Paul Blair passes
The state of Oklahoma and the wider music community has been rocked by the untimely death of Jim Paul Blair on February 11, 2020. He was 58 years of age and had recently been hospitalized with a lung infection. Blair, an
GoFundMe campaign set up for Mike Lilly, now in hospice care
Wendy Miller, Mike Lilly, and Larry Sparks Innovative banjo picker Mike Lilly, who has been battling ill-health – specifically a form of leukemia and cirrhosis of the liver – for several years, was moved into hospice care on February 4 (2020). His
It’s Michael Cleveland Day!
Charlestown, IN, the hometown of celebrated bluegrass fiddler and bandleader, Michael Cleveland, has designated today (February 5, 2020) as Michael Cleveland Day. The honor was presented to him earlier today by Charlestown Mayor Treva Hodges, and Clerk-Treasurer Donna Coomer, to recognize
Nechville sets up shop in Portland, OR
While at the SPBBGMA convention in Nashville this pst weekend, I ran into Tom Nechville, founder and proprietor of Nechville Musical Products. They are the designers and builders of all the fine Nechville banjos, made in Minnesota for the past