• 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

  • Acoustic Endeavors, On A Farm

    After almost three years of promises, the new release from Acoustic Endeavors is finally available. Like their two previous CDs, On A Farm contains all original material, written by Warren Amberson and Kelly Green, the band's primary vocalists. Other band

  • Bluegrass Jam Tunes Books

    Running Dogs Publishing has just announced the second printing of its Jam Tunes books for bluegrass guitar and mandolin. Each volume is accompanied by two audio CDs featuring 25 tunes. Each tune consists of 3 practice tracks: slow with melody,

  • Koch Nashville no more

    Here's some unfortunate news for bluegrass fans, and for a number of popular bluegrass and acoustic music artists. One of the more promising and aggressive entries in the production and marketing of bluegrass recordings of late has been Koch Records