• New Flecktones CD in January ’06

    Columbia Records has announced January 31, 2006 as the release date for The Hidden Land, the ninth CD from B???la Fleck & The Flecktones. Though the Flecktones have released two CDs on Columbia since their Grammy winning Outbound in 2000,

  • Del McCoury Band in-store appearances

    The Del McCoury Band will be doing a couple of record store shows this week in support of concerts in Philadelphia and New York City. On Tuesday, November 8, they will be at Tower Philly in Philadelphia at 1:oo p.m. (916-373-2415)

  • Heather Berry’s new band

    Popular 17 year old bluegrass singer Heather Berry has reformed her touring band, now booking as Heather Berry and Dominion Grass. Current members include Buster Sexton on banjo,Travers Chandler on mandolin, Robert Overstreet on dobro, and F. Wade Cox on

  • IAMA competition deadline 11/9

    The deadline for submissions in the International Acoustic Music Awards is rapidly approaching, with entries requiring a postmark no later than November 9 to be accepted. The competition is open to all independent songwriters and artists, and several of their

  • New Donna Hughes CD due in March

    Rounder Records has announced a projected March '06 release date for All This Time, the third Rounder CD for singer/songwriter Donna Hughes. 14 of the 16 tracks are Hughes originals, and the CD is produced by Tony Rice - who

  • Skaggs instrumental CD

    During the just concluded IBMA week in Nashville, we had occasion to speak with reigning IBMA Banjo Player Of The Year Jim Mills at some length. We recorded an interview with Jim which we will feature in a GrassCast episode

  • 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,