Pete Hicks is a California multi-instrumentalist who plays fiddle and mandolin and sings in bands in and around the Central Coast and Central Valley. He plays old-school traditional styles for bands such as the Central Valley Boys and Bean Creek,
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The Wooks’ CJ Cain on new album, Flyin’ High
As a follow-up to the Wooks' recent single and video, I chatted with co-founder CJ Cain about their upcoming album release, Flyin' High, dropping February 25 on their website and the usual streaming services. The Wooks have been described as a
Happy Birthday Little Roy Lewis!
Little Roy Lewis is 80 today! Roy McArthur "Little Roy" Lewis Jr. was born and raised the youngest member of the bluegrass Gospel band, The Lewis Family, in Lincolnton, Georgia. He began playing the banjo at the age of six and
The Bensons discuss Benson, and their first single, Conway
After 20 plus years of marriage, Kristin Scott Benson, award winning banjoist with The Grascals, and Wayne Benson, longtime mandolinist with Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out, have finally recorded some music together. The name they perform under is appropriately
Bluegrass Beyond Borders: France’s Boom Ditty Band play their own kind of grass
France's Boom Ditty Band have invested an inordinate amount of time and expertise into their endeavors, and in the ten years since the group was founded, the results of that investment have clearly paid off. Banjo player Romain Luzet sums things
MerleFest 2022 offers a nice welcome for first-timers Sister Sadie
Some folks would say that Lindsay Craven has the best job imaginable. After all, as the Artist Relations Manager for MerleFest, she's the person responsible for booking the artists that play that fabled festival year after year. Still, while some
Say hello to Retro 78, 2022 SPBGMA Band Championship winners
This year's SPBGMA Band Championship in Nashville may have been the first time a lot of folks had seen Carolina's Retro 78, but once they had won the competition all at the Sheraton Music City that weekend will surely remember
Béla Fleck in Carnegie Hall? Be still My Bluegrass Heart!
Béla Fleck took the Carnegie stage and brought that hallowed hall to a place I am sure it has never quite been before. Smiley, tie-dyed festivarians joined the bejeweled Manhattan proper to celebrate something undeniably near and dear to America's heart:
Tony Friel, Ireland’s Bluegrass Boy
Tony Friel plays bluegrass on Donegal Bay Radio in northern Ireland. Known as the Bluegrass Boy, he hosts a weekly bluegrass internet radio show. The music lover stated, "My radio show goes out every Tuesday evening from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
12 year old Ashlyn Smith recognized for her flatpicking skills
Ashlyn Smith, a 12-year-old flatpicker from Louisville, KY, participated in a tribute to Tony Rice last month on the Woodsongs Old Time Radio Hour. The star-studded program featured such super pickers and singers such as Scott Vestal, John Cowan, Marty