• Terry Shue passes

    Sandy Hatley and Terry Shue (right) Terry Shue, North Carolina bluegrass bassist and son of the late banjo picker/luthier, Bob Shue, lost his battle with COVID early on January 18, 2022. The 65-year-old began his involvement with bluegrass at an early age,

  • Fred Geiger passes

    Fred Geiger, noted banjo player and instructor in Maryland, died in the early morning of January 12 when his house was engulfed by fire, with him in it. He was 82 years of age. His was a familiar name to two

  • Ralph Emery passes

    Ralph Emery, who became known as the dean of country music broadcasters over more than a half-century in both radio and television, passed away from complications after a stroke suffered in late 2021 at the Tristar Centennial Medical Center in

  • Ellie Hakanson to Missy Raines & Allegheny

    Highly decorated Nashville bassist Missy Raines has a big announcement today concerning her touring bluegrass group, Allegheny. Fiddler Ellie Hakanson, known to bluegrass fans from her five year tenure with Jeff Scroggins & Colorado, is moving from Oregon to Nashville to

  • Melodic & Single-String Banjo with Bill Evans

    Peghead Nation has announced a new 8-part banjo workshop series with Bill Evans, focusing on Melodic & Single-String Banjo, starting this weekend online. Bill tells us that all levels of skill and experience are welcome for these live sessions, which will

  • John Rice Irwin passes

    John Rice Irwin, cultural historian, writer and the founder of the Museum of Appalachia, passed away in Clinton, Tennessee, on January 16, 2022, at 91-years-old. He travelled the back roads and collected thousands of everyday items from the colorful mountain folk

  • Sister Sadie welcomes Mary Meyer on mandolin

    Sister Sadie, 2020 IBMA Entertainers of the Year, 3-time IBMA Vocal Group of the Year, and 2019 Grammy-nominee for Best Bluegrass Album (Sister Sadie II), announce the addition of Mary Meyer on mandolin and vocals to their musical quintet. One