• Woodbine Opry closes out 2023

    Woodbine Opry jam on December 29, 2023 - photo © Bill Warren December of 2023 had five Fridays, so we were able to attend the Woodbine Opry in Georgia on all five.  The snowbirds began filtering in on the second Friday with

  • Jim Rae passes

    Jim Rae, a former research scientist and faculty member at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, who contributed mightily to the groundwork and experimentation that led to the Truetone line offered by Huber Banjos, died on Christmas day. He was 83

  • Here We Go Again – Nothin’ Fancy

    Given an impressive history that can be traced back nearly 30 years, Nothin' Fancy's considerable accomplishments certainly belie an otherwise unassuming handle. Having tallied eleven full length albums, performances at such prestigious venues as the Ryman Auditorium, Lincoln Center the

  • Honest Try video from Under The Rocks

    British Columbia grassers Under The Rocks also have their next album set for release early in the new year, with a single for the title track this month to introduce people to the sound. Their subtle, low key delivery brings

  • Stone by Stone from Lord of the Strings

    Since signing Nashville bluegrass artist Tony Wray to the label, Pinecastle Records has given him tremendous creative freedom. He oversaw an album of grassed up versions of classic Disney songs, and another of acoustic takes on childrens' favorites. Tony has worked

  • Good news from Glen Duncan

    We reported earlier this week on fiddler Glen Duncan's very scary week before Christmas, and the remarkable recovery he has made since suffering a stroke on December 20. He spent several days in the Critical Care Unit, and underwent surgery, but

  • Coal Minin’ Man video from Urban Folk Quartet

    Britain's Urban Folk Quartet has spent the past 14 years refining their unique and eclectic sound, which draws equally from English, Celtic, and Appalachian resources. It's not odd to also find traces of other European traditional music in their repertoire,