• California Report: Jeremy Darrow

    Jeremy Darrow is a frequent bluegrass blogger, IBMA board member, and bass player for the roots pop band Front Country. Originally from North Carolina, Jeremy now resides in Nashville and though he is not California based, he qualifies as next

  • Lifted – The High & Wides

    If there’s one thing in particular that bluegrass stands for, then suffice it to say it’s all about the energy and exuberance. That’s an approach that the High & Wides have taken to heart. Lifted, their stunning new album, lives

  • Julian Davis to The Jeff Austin Band

    The Jeff Austin Band has brought young Julian Davis on board as their new guitarist. His first outing with the group is tonight in Milwaukee, WI. Just a few years out of school, Julian has already gained a reputation as a

  • Rhonda Vincent & Elton John

    This post is a contribution from the Queen of Bluegrass herself, Rhonda Vincent. As many of us do as each year comes to a close, she was looking through photos and memories from 2018, and came across this picture of

  • Tristan Scroggins on Bluegrass Jamboree

    This report from the just concluded Bluegrass Jamboree tour is a contribution from Tristan Scroggins, mandolinist with Jeff Scroggins & Colorado, one of the three US bands who entertained German audiences during the 2018 tour. Hello from 30,000 ft above the Atlantic

  • Paperback Writer from Lil Smokies

    Ever since I was a teenager in the early '70s, I have been convinced that Paperback Writer from The Beatles would make an excellent bluegrass number. It had been a #1 hit for the band in 1966, and its beat

  • PaperDolls Band says Merry Christmas

    The Walker sisters have been changing perceptions about bluegrass music for more than 10 years now. Four talented young women with an original take on Appalachian string music, they first mixed their bluegrass skills with pop music standards as Redhead