• New bass player with Continental Divide

    David Parmley & Continental Divide are pleased to welcome Kyle Perkins, from Somerset, KY as their new bass player, replacing departing bass man Barry Berrier, now with Lonesome River Band. Kyle is 20 years old, and has been playing bluegrass

  • John Cowan joins Pinecastle roster

    The John Cowan Band has just announced that their next CD will be released on Pinecastle Records. A spring 2006 release is anticipated for this 11 song project, speculatively titled New Tattoo. We will pass along more details as we can

  • Banjo NewsLetter 11/05

    I just got a note from Donald Nitchie about the next issue of Banjo Newsletter. In the November issue of the Banjo Newsletter we feature the new Smithsonian/Folkways release In Sacred Trust: The 1963 Fleming Brown Tapes by Hobart Smith,

  • Koch Nashville – wha’s up?

    Over the past few days here at IBMA, we've had occasion to speak with a number of the people who have been affected by the closing of Koch Record's Nashville division. What we are being told is that of the

  • Cherryholmes on The Opry Saturday night

    This year looks to be a great one for Cherryholmes at IBMA. They are nominated for a number of awards, including the unprecedented combination of Emerging Artist and Entertainer Of The Year. Both Cherryholmes and Rhonda Vincent will be

  • 2005 International Songwriting Competition

    The 2005 International Songwriting Competition deadline for submission is October 31. We don't know a whole lot about this contest, but it looks like they have some very real prizes and several categories that would be acceptable for a bluegrass

  • The Stringdusters – powerful stuff

    One of the more powerful impressions I took away from IBMA 2004 was the performance of Wheel House, a young band I caught in an evening showcase. I had come to see them primarily because of Chris Pandolfi, an extremely

  • Christmas Mandolin from Emory Lester

    Mandolinist Emory Lester has a new CD of traditional Christmas melodies, Christmas Carols, from Quiet Fire Productions. Includes 11 instrumental versions of holiday clasics like Carol of the Bells, O Come O Come Immanuel, The Coventry Carol, We Three

  • Stelling Banjo Anthology CD

    Geoff Stelling tells me that while his new Stelling Banjo Anthology CD isn't set to be released until November 8 on Rebel Records, he will have copies available at IBMA this week, and that they can be ordered from the

  • UPDATE: Roger Murrah – songwriter

    I was just contacted by Roger Murrah, the songwriter I blogged about here. Speaking of his induction into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, he had this to say. It's quite an honor that I'm still learning how to live with. I