• The 2014 Joe Val Bluegrass Festival

    This past weekend was the 29th annual Joe Val Bluegrass Festival. This is my third winter living in New England, but my first time attending the festival. There are many things that differentiate between festivals: the venue, the talent, the quality

  • YMSB and the McCourys in Charlottesville

    As Mother Nature was bearing down on Central Virginia Tuesday night, we found the perfect way to keep warm at The Jefferson Theater in Charlottesville, VA. Warming up the stage to a sold out crowd was the sizzling combination of the

  • Larry Stephenson in East Tennessee

    For many bluegrass groups these days, a stop in Johnson City, Tennessee, isn’t complete without visits to both East Tennessee State University and The Down Home. ETSU frequently welcomes guest artists to its Bluegrass, Old Time, and Country Music Studies

  • Kip Martin feted Sunday afternoon

    Kip Martin's friends filled a church sanctuary Sunday in Crofton, MD, opening their hearts and wallets for the ailing bass player. The former Sunny Mountain Boy was hundreds of miles away, surrounded by family in a hospice setting near Nashville, where

  • Junior Sisk at the Down Home

    When Junior Sisk took the stage Thursday night, it had been eighteen years to the month since he had played at the Down Home in Johnson City, TN. That time, it was playing with Wyatt Rice and Santa Cruz; last

  • The Seldom Scene Turns Back the Clock

    Novelist Thomas Wolfe was wrong. You can go home again. The Seldom Scene proved it Sunday night, returning to the venue that provided the seminal band’s first home more than 40 years ago for a show that included current members and

  • Alan Jackson does The Station Inn

    Last night, I had one of Nashville’s hottest passes in hand – a ticket to see country superstar Alan Jackson make his debut bluegrass music performance at the Station Inn. As I waited in line for the doors to open,

  • PreddyFest 2013

    This recap and photos from Preddyfest 2013 comes from Laura Tate Ridge, of Laura Tate Photography and Deep River Management. Among the sweltering heat present on Friday at Preddyfest in Franklinton, NC there was also an energy unmatched from fellow Bluegrassians. I

  • Alison Krauss in Boston

    This brief report and gallery come from David Moultrup. Alison Krauss filled Copley Square in Boston with an enthusiastic audience to close out the Summer Arts Festival on Sunday (7/28). The music was held in the park that recently was

  • More from 2013 Grey Fox

    In addition to Tara Linhardt crawling the campgrounds at Grey Fox last weekend, David Moultrup was capturing more of the scene from the stage. Here is his report and a gallery of fine photos. Grey Fox 2013 showed again why it is