• Andy Thorn – Bolin Creek

    Andy Thorn, formerly with Larry Keel & Natural Bridge, has a debut solo CD titled Bolin Creek that is now available for download through the iTunes Music Store. The CD can be purchased through CDBaby.com if you would rather have

  • Mashville Brigade forms in Nashville

    We heard last week from mandolinist Ashby Frank with word of a new "second band" featuring members of several Nashville-based bluegrass acts. They are calling themselves Mashville Brigade, and they debuted at The Station Inn on December 5. Ashby said that

  • Dempsey Young, R.I.P.

    We are deeply saddened to share the news that Dempsey Young, an original member of The Lost & Found, passed away early this morning. His unique mandolin style and quick smile were as much a part of the band as Allen

  • Special Consensus in the UK next month

    Special Consensus is getting ready to cross the ocean just after the new year, spending two and a half weeks in the British Isles during January. They have stops in Ireland, Scotland and England, including a performance and workshop at

  • Jim VanCleve Grammy nomination

    We posted earlier this week that Mountain Heart fiddler Jim VanCleve had recently celebrated the birth of his first child, Ryaan. When the nominations were announced yesterday morning for the 49th Grammy Awards, it turned out that Jim has something

  • Grascals name new banjo player

    The Grascals have just announced that Aaron McDaris will be their new banjo player. He has been working this past six years with Larry Stephenson, and has a solo project, First Time Around, on Pinecastle Records. He takes the spot of

  • Free Christmas tune lessons online

    Just in time for holiday picking, BluegrassBooksOnline.com has added a new free lesson to their web site. This month, they have both mandolin and guitar lessons for Deck The Halls and It Came Upon A Midnight Clear. Each lesson contains a

  • Elmer Burchett joins Pine Mountain Railroad

    We have posted a few times recently about both management and membership changes in Pine Mountain Railroad. With one last announcement, it appears that the new band is fully formed. Yesterday, we got word from the band that they have hired

  • Jason Davis to Grasstowne

    Brance and I recorded interviews today with Phil Leadbetter and Alan Bibey, where they each discussed their new band venture with Steve Gulley, Grasstowne. We'll release the interview with Phil as a GrassCast later this week, and Alan's the following. One

  • More Monroe

    Earlier this week I posted about the new Bear Family box set of Bill Monroe material. In an effort to clarify which Monroe albums are represented in the set, Richard Thompson did a little independent research. Richard correctly concluded that tracks