• Music Area cases redefines the gig bag

    Music Area Cases is a Chinese manufacturer with a different attitude towards selling internationally. Instead of trying to hide their country of origin with an American or European-sounding trade name, they brand themselves with a logo using Chinese characters, and

  • 20 years of Flatpicking Guitar on a thumbdrive

    Flatpicking Guitar Magazine, now sadly no longer in print, is offering a special opportunity that might solve a gift-giving headache for bluegrass guitarists on your holiday list. The magazine, published for 20 years by Dan Miller, ceased operation in 2016 after

  • Banjo Babes 2019 calendar and CD

    The Banjo Babes are back, as we're sure you knew they would be, with a new calendar for 2019 and an accompanying audio CD full of new music by the women of the banjo. Each year since 2014, Erin Inglish has

  • Farida Guitars now available in the US

    Farida Guitars, a popular brand in the UK and a number of Asian nations, is coming to America with a line of four slope-shoulder dreadnoughts, and a pair of 00-sized guitars. Sidestreet Distributing in Lansing, MI will be the exclusive

  • Banjo straps from Banjolit

    Our Slovak friends with Banjolit have introduced a new line of banjo straps which they will ship anywhere in the world. These are ultra-high quality, handmade straps made from the finest soft leather for comfort and durability. The three styles on

  • Limited edition Ellis F-5 Tradition mandolin

    Since 1977, Tom Ellis has been cranking out quality mandolins in Austin, TX. Bluegrass fans and mandolin gurus may recognize the name in the hands of Ricky Skaggs, Buck White, Steve Smith, and many more professional mandolinists throughout their careers,

  • ClawJammer picks go both ways on banjo

    Another trend we noticed at the World of Bluegrass, especially with IBMA expanding the boundaries of what they promote as bluegrass, is banjo players who feature both finger style and clawhammer picking in the same set. There were a number

  • Martin introduces Authentic Acoustic strings

    During last week's World of Bluegrass convention, the Martin guitar company introduced a new and improved line of guitar strings which they have branded as Authentic Acoustic. Martin had a major presence in the trade show exhibit hall, the first

  • Bluegrass Country Soul playing cards available

    Ahead of their upcoming Golden Anniversary restored edition of Bluegrass Country Soul, the filmmakers have created a special set of playing cards using still images from the film on the back. The 1971 feature-length film chronicled the happenings at Carlton Haney's