• Mel Bay adds two new instructional books

    Mel Bay Publications has two new titles that should be of interest to bluegrass musicians, and those studying to become ones. First up, Hot Banjo Licks in the Different Musical Genres, written by Italian banjo player Claudio Parravicini, who has also

  • Gloria Belle passes 

    Gloria Belle, a powerful second-generation bluegrass vocalist and instrumentalist, probably best known for stints with Jimmy Martin, passed away on May 5, 2023. She was 84 years of age. Known early on as the Pennsylvania Sunshine Girl, she was probably the first

  • How Blue from Carson Peters & Iron Mountain

    Billy Blue Records has a debut single from their most recents signees, Carson Peters & Iron Mountain. Their version of How Blue answers the question that's been on the mind of a great many bluegrass fans following Carson's recent appearances on The

  • Wolfpen Branch closes up shop

    Original music-based Wolfpen Branch, located around Lexington, KY, has announced the dissolution of the group. They had formed about two years ago around the nexus of a long running band known as Hancock and Shouse, based on the primary singers and

  • Window of a Train from Cedar Hill

    Mountain Fever Records has a new single from their upcoming album with Cedar Hill, a veteran outfit led by Ozark mandolin hero Frank Ray since the 1960s. For this new featured track they have chosen Window of a Train, written by

  • Two new singles from Don Rigsby

    RBR Entertainment has released not one, but two new singles for Don Rigsby, an uptempo grasser and a contemplative gospel number. Both were written by Rigsby in collaboration with RBR President Billy Droze. Cold Ashes is a straight up grass tune

  • Chris Strachwitz passes

    Chris Strachwitz, founder and president of Arhoolie Records, passed away from complications with congestive heart failure at an assisted living facility in the San Francisco Bay Area's Marin County, California, on May 5, 2023. He was 91 years old.   Always

  • Bobby Casey passes

    Fans of the limited production Mossman Guitars are in mourning since the death of chief luthier and company owner Bobby Casey at his home in Sulphur Springs, TX on April 28, 2023. He was 85 years of age. Mossman Guitars was