• Tim Ellis’ 65th Birthday Celebration

    Tim Ellis and his wife, Roxanne, celebrate his 65th birthday - photo © Bill Warren Southeast Michigan has been blessed with a number of musicians that made "the big time."  Tim Ellis is one of those who had the opportunity of traveling

  • Cirrus Guitars launches in Michigan

    Veteran acoustic guitar builder Mike Franks, of M.J. Franks Guitars, and his former apprentice, Tobin McGlassion of McGlassion Guitars, have joined forces to launch Cirrus Guitars, dedicated to building professional grade steel string guitars at a more affordable price point. They

  • 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