• Calder Baker to Nu-Blu on banjo

    Nu-Blu has announced the addition of Calder Baker to the band, playing banjo. A recent graduate of the bluegrass program at East Tennessee State University, Baker was born and raised in Grand Rapids, MI and started his pursuit of bluegrass

  • East Of Monroe back on native sod

    East Of Monroe, a bluegrass band based in Maryland and northern Virginia, has been on tour in Ireland. They have promised to send along something of a travelogue of their experiences, and here is the final installment. Hello from back in

  • Easy 2-Chord Songs for Mandolin (book & CD)

    Wayne Erbsen and Native Ground Books & Music have released a new title for people just getting started in the wonderful world of mandolin. It's called Easy 2-Chord Songs for Mandolin, which perfectly describes the contents. One of the primary appeals

  • Ernie Thacker passes

    Ernie Thacker could have quit a hundred times since that awful April night 12 years ago, when a car crash cut short his solo bluegrass career and left him paralyzed below the waist. But he didn’t. He sang when he could,

  • Till I See You Again from Williamson Branch

    Pinecastle Records has released a single from one of our favorite family groups, Williamson Branch. It's a home grown band, created by longtime grasser Kevin Williamson and his wife, Debbie. Kevin plays guitar, and Debbie mandolin, with teen daughters Melody on

  • Unspoken Tradition to Mountain Home Music

    Mountain Home Music Company has announced the signing of Unspoken Tradition to the label. Based in western North Carolina, the band specializes in original bluegrass music, and impressed the folks at Mountain Home with their two prior self-produced projects. They have

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