• Harley Allen passes

    We are sorry to report that Nashville songwriter Harley Allen passed away this morning. He had been diagnosed recently with a stage 4 cancer. Harley was the son of bluegrass legend Red Allen, and performed with his siblings and his dad

  • Songwriting analysis from Mark Simos

    In the first part of our interview with Sierra Hull earlier this month, she discussed her current studies at the Berklee School of Music in Boston. One instructor she mentioned was Mark Simos, with whom she is studying lyric writing

  • Missy Raines – Ides of March

    As a songwriter, I’ve been curious about the origins of a somber tune Missy Raines wrote called Ides of March since I first heard it in 2008. So with March 15 approaching, I decided to ask. Missy was a few weeks

  • Bluegrass in the ISC

    A solid bluegrass banjo instrumental has made it to the finals of the 2011 International Songwriting Competition. The tune is Gone Beserk, written by Lee Marcus, and recorded by Dan Menzone on his Frostbite CD with help from Adam Steffey, Wyatt

  • Live chat with Jim Lauderdale

    If you're an established songwriter or an aspiring one, here's an event you'll want to take notice of. Jim Lauderdale will be participating in a live chat on Facebook, on Tuesday, February 1, at 7 PM EST. The chat will

  • Steve Martin gets rich off bluegrass

    Master funny man, and respected banjoist Steve Martin is getting rich off bluegrass music. If his film career has not provided for him, then surely his music career will. Specifically in view here is the obscene amount of money Martin

  • Leroy Drumm passes

    Bluegrass songwriter Leroy Drumm died at his home in Waynesboro, Tennessee, on  Friday, November 26. He was 74 and had experienced heart problems recently. Born on September 26, 1936, in Algonac, Michigan, he was a Navy veteran and a retired welder. However,

  • Catching up with Sarah Jarosz

    We had the chance last week to catch up with Sarah Jarosz, just a few days after her debut appearance on Austin City Limits. For this Texas teen and celebrated Sugar Hill artist, being a featured performer on one of America's

  • Mast Farm Inn sessions

    We wrote earlier this year about the first in a planned series of unique Artist In Residence events at The Mast Farm Inn in North Carolina, sponsored by The Bluegrass Legacy Facebook group. This first was an intensive songwriter's workshop, hosted

  • Weave and Spin with Si Kahn

    This post is a contribution from Terri Holloway, one of our 2010 IBMA correspondents. See her profile here. Once again, I had the fun of being an interview observer (aka, being the fly on the wall). This time with Si Kahn,