• Lightning Rod, new single from Nightflyer

    Pinecastle has released a debut single from their first album for Nightflyer, due later this year. The southwestern Ohio band plays contemporary bluegrass, driven by the Gospel-tinged vocals of guitarist Richard Propps. Rick Hayes is on mandolin, with Tony Kakaris on bass,

  • Jerry Garcia – Before the Dead: a preview

    It is quite common knowledge that Grateful Dead psychedelic guitar-playing icon Jerry Garcia was in his youth a follower of folk and bluegrass music.  A recent (August 2016) release, The Hart Valley Drifters’ Folk Time was described as a “Nice find”

  • DelFest Academy celebrates 10 years

    Cody Kilby teaching guitar at DelFest Academy Plenty of folks knows about the big DelFest hootenanny, held each spring in Cumberland, MD, and hosted by none other than Del McCoury. All sorts of artists perform at the festival, culled from Del

  • Brien Fain passes

    Brien Fain, a popular old time banjoist from Stuart, VA, died on April 18 following a prolonged illness. He was 46 years of age. A native of Virginia's Patrick County, Fain was at least a seventh-generation mountain musician, growing up in

  • Was Nots drops from King James Boys

    Pinecastle Records has released a single from one of their more recent signees, The King James Boys from Cowpens, South Carolina. The Boys perform a hybrid style, blending Southern Gospel harmony with contemporary bluegrass instrumentation. Their first Pinecastle project, Time To

  • Announcing Behind The Mic Entertainment

    Dawn Mac, bluegrass radio host and owner/operator of Bluegrass Planet Radio, has announced a new venture. She has launched Behind The Mic Entertainment, with her first client, Jeff Brown & Still Lonesome. Mac will serve as the band's booking representative, and

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