• Carolina Banjo – Mary Z Cox

    Mary Z Cox’s latest entry, Carolina Banjo, opens with the rousing strains of Foggy Mountain Clawhammer and never lets up in terms of its freewheeling finesse.  The fact that Cox’s main instrument of choice is banjo, the otherwise alluring Got No

  • Larry Stephenson at Music in the Meadows

    Music in the Meadows is a free summer concert series sponsored by the Oakland Township Parks and Recreation. Oakland Township is located in Oakland County in southeast Michigan. There will be two more concerts in this year’s series, Friday July

  • Hartford Festival 2019 – It’s a Wrap

    As the ninth annual John Hartford Memorial Festival (JHMF) was wrapping up, I took in some final shows, saw the band competition, and chased down some members of the festival team who reflected on their histories of running the festival.

  • John Hartford Memorial Festival 2019

    The ninth annual John Hartford Memorial Festival (JHMF) took place last week at the hallowed bluegrass grounds of the Bill Monroe Music Park in Bean Blossom, Indiana. Not to be confused with with the original Bean Blossom Bluegrass Festival which

  • The Tale of Willie Tackett – Caney Creek

    Given their confidence and obvious assurance, it’s somewhat surprising that The Tale of Willie Tackett marks only the second time that the Ohio-based band Caney Creek has opted to release a record. However as the saying goes, good things are