• Noted songwriter Marijohn Wilkins passes

    Marijohn Wilkins, a long-time Nashville songwriter, passed away this past Saturday after a prolonged battle with heart disease. Among her many hit songs was one that has made its way into the bluegrass canon, Long Black Veil, originally recorded by Lefty

  • IBMA 2007 Showcase Artists sought

    Next year's IBMA Business Conference may be 11 months out, but showcase applications are already being sought for the 2007 event. Bands that are selected will be prominently featured during the Business Conference, scheduled for the week of October 1-7,

  • Pine Mountain Railroad welcomes new members

    We posted last month about a shakeup in the ownership and personnel of Pine Mountain Railroad. At the time, we indicated that mandolinist Cody Shuler had assumed management of the band, and that banjo picker Kipper Stitt and guitarist/vocalist Jerry Butler

  • Bryan Sutton DVD from Homespun

    Secrets for Successful Flatpicking is the title of a new instructional DVD on Homespun Video with current, and five time IBMA Guitar Player of The Year, Bryan Sutton. The DVD covers both lead and rhythm guitar playing and is described 

  • Two new Pinecastle releases

    Pinecastle Records has two new CD releases that should be of interest to readers of Bluegrass Today. Jack Cooke has spent the past 37 years working as the bass player with Ralph Stanley & The Clinch Mountain Boys. Before that, he

  • MandoUniversity.com releases two new books

    Brad Laird at MandoUniversity.com has just published two new books for mandolinists. The first book is titled The Mandolin Handbook - An Owner's Manual. The book's purpose is to help the mandolin owner better understand how their instrument was built, how

  • Mark Newton on XM

    Mark Newton will be on XM's Bluegrass Junction tomorrow (10/25) with a World Premier of his new Rebel release, Hillbilly Hemingway. The CD won't be officially released until November 7, but Mark and producer Carl Jackson will join XM's Kyle Cantrell