• A Year-Long Treat

    At this time when competition for your dollar bills is relentless, promotional tools are becoming all the more innovative. And bluegrass music is no different. Two years ago the Bluegrass Calendar offered access to some audio clips, one for each month of the

  • Aged Tone Series guitars from Bourgeois

    Bourgeois Guitars has debuted a new series of instruments designed to replicate the tone and response of the great vintage guitars, the holy grail of every modern builder. These new guitars are being billed as the Aged Tone series, crafted with

  • Fretlight adds acoustic guitar model

    Fretlight, makers of the innovative light-up fretboard system, have introduced an acoustic guitar model, utilizing their Fretlight Studio software. The FG-507 is built like a standard cutaway guitar, but with a fretboard made from an advanced polymer material, with embedded LEDs where

  • Daley announces guitar division

    Does it seem odd that Nashville's most celebrated mandolin builder is a banjo playing Brit? Sim Daley performs on the 5 string with the Tina Adair Band and, in addition to building world class mandolins, attends to the cherished instruments of

  • New Song-Selling Service Debuts

    The continuing shift to digital music opens new possibilities for artists, but it also presents some marketing challenges. Fans who hear a song at a show and want to buy a digital version on the spot usually have two options –

  • 2013 Bluegrass Calendar ready now

    Ever hopeful in a recession, many businesses are gearing up for sales up to Christmas and beyond. Among the delights becoming available is the 2013 Bluegrass Calendar published by Bluegrass Productions of Virginia. The 2013 edition, the 22nd in all, focuses

  • New Recording King Madison banjos

    Recording King has introduced two new banjo models in their budget-conscious Madison line, one targeted at bluegrass pickers and the other at old timers. For three finger players, the RK-R36 is a tone ring banjo with a mahogany neck and resonator, and

  • Martin introduces new Retro Series models

    The C.F. Martin guitar company has generated quite a buzz in the six string community this past two months with the announcement of their new Retro Series acoustic/electric models. These are standard Martins, utilizing the new F1+ Aura pickup and

  • Eastman Strings at Summer NAMM

    Here's another interview we conducted during Summer NAMM earlier this month. This time, we hear from Mark Herring of Eastman Strings who shares some information about several of their new guitar and mandolin models. http://vimeo.com/46438184  

  • Souldier Straps at Summer NAMM

    While prowling the trade show floor at the 2012 Summer NAMM show, Eric Tapp discovered a strap company with an interesting concept for using recycled materials. Here is his interview with Jennifer Tabor of Souldier. She tells an inspiring story of