• Two bluegrass reissues from CMH

    In addition to the Pickin' On Kenny Rogers CD we mentioned yesterday, CMH released two compilation projects on April 4. Both feature reissued tracks that had appeared previously on CMH projects, and include some of the most prominent and heralded

  • Claire Lynch audio samples online

    We mentioned last week that Claire Lynch's CD, New Day, was due for release on Rounder on March 28. We also mentioned at that time that no audio samples were yet available online. They are now up on the Rounder web

  • Mandolin Cafe: Bass Pro mandolin gear

    Our friends at Mandolin Cafe have a hilarious post available this morning which takes advantage of the reputation of today's date, and a long-standing tradition of news parodies dated 4/1. Theirs is entitled, Bass Pro Enters Mandolin Market, and is

  • Clear Channel gives Bluegrass a try

    Clear Channel Radio, often cynically portrayed by critics as embodying all that is wrong with corporate radio consolidation, has flipped a property in WV from Gospel to a Bluegrass/Americana format, effective March 30. The station is WCTR-AM, serving the Huntington,

  • Reuters reports on Earl Scruggs

    Reuters is running a story about Earl Scruggs this morning. The story talks about his history in the music business, the recent passing of his wife Louise, and his recent performance at the Kennedy Center. On the subject of Louise,

  • Alison Brown on the Opry this weekend

    Banjo player, Alison Brown and her band will be performing this Saturday on the Grand Ole Opry radio broadcast. She will be featured in the 9:30-10:00 p.m. and 12:30-1:00 a.m. segments (all times eastern). Noted not only for her fluid,

  • County Records reissue profiled on NPR

    Last week, All Things Considered on NPR carried a feature on County Records' 3 CD reissues containing field recordings of clawhammer banjo music. Originally released on vinyl in the mid-60s, these recordings were heralded by folklorists, and celebrated by fans

  • Cool photos on the Bluegrass Japan Blog

    Harajuku refers to the area around Tokyo's Harajuku Station. It is the center of Japan's most extreme teenage cultures and fashion styles, but also offers shopping for grown-ups and some historic sights. And it's home to a monthly bluegrass jam.

  • Ricky Skaggs on Prairie Home Companion 4/1

    This weekend, Garrison Keillor will welcome Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder as his guests on the popular A Prairie Home Companion radio program, broadcast live from The Historic State Theater in Minneapolis on April 1. The show is in its