• Jeff Austin staying busy

    When we published a review of Yonder Mountain String Band's show in Charlottesville, VA recently, we noted that mandolinist Jeff Austin was absent, owing to the recent birth of a daughter, Penelope. So there was no surprise when we caught up

  • Artist2Artist – Missy Raines

    If you are a touring musician, it happens to you. If you are a new performer, it probably happens more often than you would like. They are the bane of every performing musician: pre-show jitters, on-stage distractions, and getting bummed

  • On This Day #25 – Dale Reno

    On This Day ………… On February 6, 1961, Dale Reno was born in Roanoke, Virginia. The second son of banjo ace Don Reno, Dale Reno fell in love with musical instruments at the tender age of ten. Initially he built his first

  • Artist2Artist – Larry Cordle

    Bluegrass Today contributor Lisa Jacobi recently spoke with acclaimed singer-songwriter Larry Cordle whose song he wrote with Jenee Fleenor - Big Blue Raindrops - is sitting at #4 on Bluegrass Today’s Monthly Airplay chart. Lisa caught up with Larry at

  • On This Day #24 – Big Country Bluegrass

    On This Day ……….. On January 7, 1987, Big Country Bluegrass, based in Troutdale, Virginia, was formed. The ultra-traditional band was named after the Jimmy Martin instrumental Big Country, a tune that he recorded with J. D. Crowe on November 22, 1966.

  • Artist2Artist – Ron Block

    Ron Block is best known as a member of the band Alison Krauss and Union Station. Individually, he has carved out a solid career as a singer-songwriter. Bluegrass Today contributor Lisa Jacobi spoke with Ron when they both attended an

  • On This Day #23 – Carter Stanley

    On This Day ....... On December 1, 1966, Carter Stanley passed away in Bristol Memorial Hospital, Bristol, Tennessee. He was just 41 years old. Carter Stanley, guitarist and lead singer in the Stanley Brothers band, was born at Big Spraddle Creek, Dickenson