• Win an LM-500 mandolin

    The good folks at The Music Link are offering mandolinists a chance to grab an LM-500 from The Loar for $0.00. All you have to do to enter is visit The Loar on Facebook, and click the Like button. The contest

  • Big news from Rob Ickes

    When we spoke with Rob Ickes earlier this week, he had some exciting news to share. First off, he had just found out that he will be featured on the cover of Guitar Player magazine in August. The editorial staff told

  • Dueling Banjo Pigs

    Here's a precious piece of Americana to ward off the evil spirits of Friday the 13th. A pair of good friends and professional illustrators, Guy Francis and Stacy Curtis, both took up the banjo in the Spring of 2010. Each had

  • Steve and the Rangers live at the White House

    Tonight's (5/11) poetry celebration at the White House, which will include an appearance by Steve Martin and Steep Canyon Rangers, will be broadcast live online. Rangers' banjo man Graham Sharp told us that they were asked to perform an arrangement they

  • New York Times on Sarah Jarosz

    Saturday's edition of the New York Times included a feature on Sarah Jarosz, written by Andy Langer, one of her fellow Austinites. They talk about her studying at Boston's New England Conservatory, her upcoming sophomore CD, Follow Me Down, her roots

  • ArtistWorks Academy of Bluegrass coming in June

    One of the more successful recent entries in the online world of string music instruction has been the Tony Trischka School of Banjo. Using a combination of prerecorded lessons and video exchanges between Tony and his many enrolled students, the

  • Mandolin Mashup at Berklee – and online

    It's a bird... it's a plane... it's Mandolin Mashup 5! Tonight (May 4) at 8:15 p.m., Berklee College of Music mandolin instructor John McGann will host a concert at the Berklee Performance Center in Boston to celebrate the skill and artistry

  • AKUS live at WalMart.com

    Wal Mart has posted a live, in-studio performance by Alison Krauss & Union Station on their web site. Six songs are include, four from the band's brand new Paper Airplane CD. The presentation begins with the album's title track, followed by

  • Flamekeeper on Blue Plate this Friday

    Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper will showcase music from their latest Rounder CD, Fired Up, on tomorrow's (4/29) edition of Blue Plate Special on WDVX. The show features live performances each day at noon (EDT), broadcasting from Knoxville, TN at 102.9

  • Thoughts on Grammy category restructuring

    The Recording Academy, the organization that manages the annual Grammy Awards, generated some controversy earlier this month when they shuffled and reorganized some of the award categories for 2011. In total, the number of categories has been whittled down from