• Glory Bound drops for The Wooks

    These days, most of the alt-bluegrass, or grassicana, bands come from the Pacific Northwest, Canada, or the big cities of the upper midwest. But The Wooks developed their unique contemporary sound in the Bluegrass State, and then took it to

  • More images from the 2018 WOB

    Raleigh Convention Center at the 2018 World of Bluegrass - photo © Frank Baker Here is an additional gallery of photos from World of Bluegrass, capturing some of the non-musical aspects of the week in Raleigh. Frank Baker has shorts from the

  • The Banjo Columns from Leon Hunt

    British banjoist Leon Hunt has compiled his columns about the five string written for Acoustic Magazine into a large-format paperback book, with the efficient and highly descriptive title, The Banjo Columns. Acoustic Magazine is published in the UK for all all

  • Saturday night at the Red Hat

    John Cowan and Sam Bush join Leftover Salmon at the 2018 Wide Open Bluegrass Festival - photo © Frank Baker As the final day of IBMA week in Raleigh drew to a close, Frank Baker was prowling the grounds of the

  • Friday night Red Hat photos

    Sunset falls on the Red Hat Amphitheater in Raleigh - photo © Frank Baker As thousands of bluegrass fans descended on the Red Hat Amphitheater in Raleigh Friday night, Frank Baker was prowling the grounds with his trusty camera, capturing the

  • Random notes from World of Bluegrass 2018

    IBMA’s love affair with Raleigh continues. Crowds seem bigger this year. Exhibitors report brisk business – one merchant sold two high-end banjos in an hour. And there’s more jamming per square inch than I remember seeing in Nashville. In fact, it’s