• Grasstowne it is!

    Yesterday there seemed to be some confusion over the choice of a name for the new band consisting of Alan Bibey, Steve Gulley and Phil Leadbetter. We originally reported the band name as being Grasstowne and then later corrected that to

  • Grascals on The Opry tonight

    The Grascals will be a featured performer on The Grand Ole Opry tonight, appearing in the 9:00-9:30 p.m. and 11:30-midnight slots. It may be your last chance to hear them perform with original banjo man Dave Talbot, who recently informed

  • Alan Bibey and “the new band”

    UPDATE 12/2/2006: Turns out the "new band" will be called Grasstowne after all. I had a chance to speak with Alan Bibey yesterday about his decision to leave BlueRidge and embark on the Grasstowne "new band" adventure with Steve Gulley and

  • Sad news from The Lewis Family

    Sheri Easter, daughter of Polly Copley, the middle of the three Lewis daughters, has posted an open letter to their friends and fans on The Lewis Family web site. In the letter, she shares the fact that her mom has

  • Two more Ralph Stanley reissues on iTunes

    Earlier this year, Rebel Records reissued a pair of classic Ralph Stanley recordings as iTunes download exclusives. Now comes word of two others, recently available again from the iTunes Music store. Down Where The River Bends was first released in 1978,

  • Phil Leadbetter leaving Wildfire

    Phil Leadbetter has announced his resignation from Wildfire, the band he helped create in 2001. Since the band's inception, Phil along with Curt Chapman, Robert Hale, Barry Crabtree and Darrell Webb have recorded 3 CDs for the Pinecastle record label.

  • Ron Stewart fiddle DVD

    AcuTab Publications has released their first fiddle instructional DVD, for JD Crowe & The New South fiddler, and celebrated session player, Ron Stewart. Entitled Playing Fiddle In The Bluegrass Style, it features Ron demonstrating ten songs and tunes he has

  • Randy Kohrs signs with Rural Rhythm

    Noted dobroist and vocalist Randy Kohrs has just signed a multi-project deal with Rural Rhythm Records. The first release in this new collaboration will be Old Photograph, Randy's fourth solo effort, due in the Spring of 2007. A single, Rockwell's Gold,

  • Tony Trischka talks about his new CD

    We posted last week about the upcoming project from Tony Trischka, Double Banjo Bluegrass Spectacular, which will feature Tony in duets with Earl Scruggs, B?©la Fleck, Steve Martin, Alison Brown, Tom Adams, Bill Emerson, Kenny Ingram, Scott Vestal and Noam