• 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

  • Gibson introduces two new F-5 mandolins

    Gibson has announced two new instruments in its iconic F-5 mandolin line, a replica of the historic 1923 Loar, and a modern version for players who want the sound without all the frills. The 1923 F-5 Master Model Reissue is a

  • D’Addario adds leather auto lock straps

    D'Addario has introduced a new guitar strap that may be of interest to bluegrass pickers. It's a soft leather strap with their Auto Lock system built in, available in either 2.5'' or 3'' widths. The Auto Lock system is spring loaded,

  • Darin & Brooke Aldridge mural dedication

    Thursday evening, October 5, a large crowd gathered at the Main Street Mini-Park in the western North Carolina town of Cherryville for the dedication of a mural of hometown celebrities, Darin & Brooke Aldridge. The ceremony was followed by a

  • Welcome Hayze Harper!

    Dalton and Allison Harper are celebrating the birth of their third child, and first son. Dalton Harper is a veteran bluegrass artist who has recently launched his solo career with Skyline Records. Hayze Holden Harper was born on October 3 at

  • Nechville announces Billy Failing model banjo

    Nechville Musical Products has announced a new signature artist model for Billy Failing, banjo picker with Billy Strings. It's a Vintage Eclipse model, but made with a maple neck and resonator, using the Nechville Heli-Mount integrated pot system. Like the

  • Welcome Ruby Lorentzen!

    Many congratulations to Jasper Lorentzen, bass player with The Po' Ramblin' Boys, and his wife, Sofia, on the birth of their third child. Ruby Janice Lorentzen was born at home on September 15, coming in at 8 lbs, 14 oz, and

  • Jeremy Chapman honored by Goldman Sachs

    Jeremy Chapman, mandolinist with The Chapmans and co-owner of The Acoustic Shoppe in Springfield, MO, has been selected to participate in Goldman Sachs' 2023 Small Businesses National Cohort. One of 170 entrepreneurs nationwide chosen, Chapman will engage in highly specialized training