• Welcome Maybelle Fisher!

    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,

  • 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,

  • 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

  • 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