• A star is born: Jake Goforth with Dan Tyminski

    We've written many times about the accessibility of bluegrass stars, and how the close familiarity between performers and fans breeds a more intimate bond than is typically found in other musical genres. Regular concert and festival goers learn quickly that

  • Suwannee Spring Reunion closes out in style

    Peter Rowan performs at the 2017 Suwannee Spring Reunion Festival (3/25/17) - photo by Brian Paul Swenk The final day of Suwannee Spring Reunion featured Peter Rowan, Jim Lauderdale, and Sara Watkins. There are some musicians that have a presence that’s just

  • A hidden bluegrass gem in the Blue Ridge

    Perhaps the only thing better than enjoying live bluegrass by some of your favorite artists, is witnessing those artists perform in an intimate, magical setting with near perfect acoustics. This past weekend brought those elements together in a truly special

  • RenoFest 2017 winners announced

    Backline Bluegrass, 1st prize winners in the 2017 RenoFest Band Competition The contest winners from this year's RenoFest in Hartsville, SC have been announced. The annual festival, held the 4th weekend in March, honors the music and the memory of the

  • Suwanee Spring Reunion ’17 – Day 2

    The Earls Of Leicester at the Suwanee Spring Reunion Festival (3/24/17) - photo by Brian Paul Swenk Day 2 of the Suwannee Spring Reunion Festival featured the time-machine of Jerry Douglas and the Earls of Leicester.  It’s very rare that you get

  • Day 1 at Suwannee Spring Reunion

    Grandpa's Cough Medicine at the 2017 Suwanee Spring Reunion - photo by Brian Paul Swenk Brian Paul Swenk will be posting daily updates from this year's Suwannee Spring Reunion festival. There’s no better way to start the music festival season than with

  • St Louis Flatpick sunsetting this year

    Sad news for midwestern flatpick guitar players. St Louis Flatpick, which has been operating annually in early spring this past 12 years, will come to an end after this month's final weekend event. Hosted by Bull and Tammy Harman since its

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