• The Birchmere celebrates 50th anniversary

    The legendary bluegrass music listening venue in Alexandria, Virginia, The Birchmere, passed its 50th anniversary on April 4. Initially, the bar, with a capacity of between 150 and 200 seats, was located in Shirlington – just down the highway from the

  • Gospel Choices #5 – Shannon Slaughter

    Here’s the fifth contribution of a periodical feature, where we ask bluegrass personalities to choose their top five Gospel songs. This week we hear from Shannon Slaughter. Gone On Before – Larry Cordle: Pud Marcum’s Hangin’  - (MightyCord Records, 2011)

  • Marc Pruett – a Carolina treasure

    This article is a contribution from Cindy Faulkner, a writer and bluegrass fan living near Raleigh, NC.  After Marc Pruett received a North Carolina Heritage Award recently, I had the pleasure of candidly chatting with him about bluegrass, playing the banjo, and

  • Sister Sadie launches powerful debut

    This recent interview with Sister Sadie is a contribution from Nancy Cardwell, long time employee and former Executive Director of the IBMA, and noted bluegrass writer and performer. Although the official release date for the self-titled debut Sister Sadie album from

  • Young Uns #4 – Samantha Casey

    Samantha Casey’s dad plays the banjo, and both her parents sing. They taught her to sing harmony around the house as a little child. Her mother learned to clog in high school and played the banjo in college but gave

  • Anna & Elizabeth: New Twists on Old Tales

    It’s often difficult for artists who play roots music to bridge the gap between traditional and modern styles in a convincing way. If they venture too far from established convention, they sound contrived; if they stick too closely to it,

  • Nu-Blu living the dream

    It just was last year that Nu-Blu’s song That’s What Makes The Bluegrass Blue was the most played song on SiriusXm’s Bluegrass Junction. While it may appear that are a ‘Nu’ band, they are not a new band at all. Daniel and

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