• Kenny & Amanda Smith are toast!

    Made you look! Kenny and Amanda sent along this photo of them enjoying a toast at Cracker Barrel in Nashville after appearing on WSM Radio’s Coffee, Country & Cody morning program. They were celebrating the success of their latest album, Unbound, which has

  • Bankesters tour vehicle found in Raleigh

    Good news from the Bankesters! Their band touring vehicle, stolen from their hotel in Raleigh during the World of Bluegrass last week, has been recovered by police just a short distance from where it was taken. The silver 2012 GMC Yukon XL was found locked

  • New Reso Line from Paul Beard

    When it comes to resophonic guitars, Paul Beard’s instruments are the gold standard for some of the best in the business, from the late Mike Auldridge to IBMA’s reigning Dobro Player of the Year, Jerry Douglas. But at $4,000 and

  • Bankesters suffer first casualty of IBMA

    The Bankesters came to World of Bluegrass 2016 to spread the word about their upcoming Nightbird album on Compass Records, and do some networking within the industry. Everything was going swimmingly until this morning, when Phil headed out to the

  • Bluegrass Grammy Safe, For Now

    The Grammy Award for bluegrass will continue for a few more years, attendees at IBMA’s World of Bluegrass were told Tuesday in Raleigh, where some high profile industry representatives launched an education campaign to ensure the category continues for many

  • G7 Heritage Series Capo

    It's not terribly uncommon for companies to release new products or gadgets at trade shows and conventions. Such is the case with at least one company participating in the IBMA World of Bluegrass festivities this week in Raleigh, North Carolina.

  • ETSU hosting Alumni & Friends reception at WOB

    The Bluegrass, Old Time, and Country Music Studies program at East Tennessee State University is hosting a reception next Wednesday afternoon during the World of Bluegrass convention for Alumni and friends. It will be held from 5:00-6:30 p.m. in Room 306A

  • Navy Band still hunting a banjo picker

    We heard again this week from our friends with US Navy Band Country Current, saying that they are still on the hunt for a banjo player to join their group. The position also requires that the successful applicant double on rhythm

  • Honorary Doctorate for Steve Gulley

    Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, TN has announced that they will be awarding an Honorary Doctorate of Music to Steve Gulley at their Fall 2016 Commencement on December 10. This is the same institution that awarded Ralph Stanley his first honorary