• Will somebody answer that… mandolin?

    Butch Baldassari, Nashville mandolinist and owner of Sound Art Recordings, has made a number of mandolin cell phone ring tones available for online purchase and download. These are actual recordings of mandolin music, not MIDI files, and appear to be

  • Spaces filling up for UK bluegrass camp

    Though the popular Sore Fingers bluegrass instructional camp in England won't be held until April of 2006, reports are that the slots are rapidly filling up. UK and European bluegrass pickers who want to take advantage of this highly

  • Jim Hurst Bluegrass Band in Ireland

    The Jim Hurst Bluegrass Band is preparing for a ten day tour of Ireland in early October. Traveling with Jim for this tour are Steve Smith on mandolin, Scott Anderson on banjo, and Jim's son Brandon Hurst on bass. Stops

  • Folk Alliance Showcase deadline approaching

    The 18th Annual International Folk Alliance Conference, For The Sake Of The Song, will be held February 10-14, 2006 at the Austin Hilton Hotel in Austin, TX. Showcase opportunities are available and the deadline for application, which had originally been

  • New banjo backup DVD with Bill Evans

    Following up on the success of their first two instructional DVDs on bluegrass style backup for banjo, AcuTab has announced the release of Power Pickin' Volume 3 - Playing Banjo Backup In A Bluegrass Band, featuring Bill Evans. This new

  • Gibson loses trademark infringement case on appeal

    Though this particular case does not involve Gibson's bluegrass division (Original Acoustic Instruments), it should be of interest to anyone who follows instruments or instrument building. Especially in the five string banjo world, questions about Gibson's ability to protect the

  • Friday Awards Poll Update – on Saturday

    Perhaps it's appropriate that our regular Friday update on the results to date of our 1st Bluegrass Blog Awards Poll is being posted instead on Saturday this week. Though site traffic and the number of visitors has grown steadily through

  • IBMM – Free Saturdays at the Museum

    Mike Lawing at the International Bluegrass Music Museum asked me to pass on this piece of news about a program at the IBMM. Free Saturdays at The Museum, is a program which provides professionally-taught bluegrass music lessons and acoustic, bluegrass instruments

  • Stolen – 1964 Gibson RB-250

    Gena Britt Tew just contacted me with an alert that her husband and herself were robbed yesterday while at work. The thieves got three instruments along with a few household items. They got the XBox, about 20 games, a Watch, tried

  • Bea Lilly, 1921-2005

    We are sorry to report that Bea Lilly, member of The Lily Brothers & Don Stover and a true pioneer in bluegrass music, passed away September 18, 2005 at the Duxbury House Alzheimer Care Center near Plymouth, MA. Mitchell Burt