• Jeff Autry suffers a stroke

    Veteran bluegrass guitarist Jeff Autry suffered a stroke a week ago, and while he has recovered some function since, he still has reduced facility on the right side of his body. He is recovering now at his home in Georgia. For

  • Phil Leadbetter hospitalized again

    Phil Leadbetter, award-winning bluegrass reso-guitarist and everybody's favorite Uncle Phil, has been hospitalized in Knoxville following some fairly baffling symptoms this week. Doctors have been keeping a close eye on Phil of late as he is in stage 4 kidney

  • Welcome Owen Phillips

    Congratulations to Todd Phillips, bass player with Appalachian Road Show, and his wife Sandra, who are celebrating the birth this month of their second child. James Owen Phillips was born on June 11 at 3:58 a.m. He arrived at 7 lb,

  • Welcome new US citizen, BB Bowness

    One more banjo player for the good ol' US of A! Last week Catherine "BB" Bowness, banjo player with Mile Twelve, took the oath of allegiance and was sworn in as a newly minted US citizen. The New Zealand native has

  • Eastman introduces ER-M electric mandolin

    With the ever increasing popularity of the mandolin in contemporary music, and the tendency of alt-bluegrass and Americana groups to plug in on stage, Eastman Guitars has introduced an electric mandolin model to serve those markets. Their new ER-M is built

  • Congratulations David and Tabitha!

    It's been a while since we've seen a bluegrass wedding as star-studded as this one - with an international flavor, even! David Benedict, mandolinist with Mile Twelve, was wed on May 31 to Tabitha Agnew, banjo player with Cup O'Joe and

  • Welcome Owen John Grindstaff!

    Finn Grindstaff with his new baby brother, Owen Daniel Grindstaff, banjo player with Merle Monroe, and his wife Kristen, are celebrating the birth of their second child last month. Owen John Grindstaff was born on May 24 at 12:40 a.m. He came