• Old Country Store – Turning Ground

    Turning Ground tends to eschew both posturing and pretence in their determination to deliver sweet sentiment and a rousing good time. The Salyersville Kentucky-based quintet — singer/guitarist Nathan Arnet, guitarist/harmony singer Ralph Adams, bassist/harmony singer Kayla Amburgey, banjo/harmony singer Josh

  • Ohio Bluegrass Winter Weekend recap

    Kyle Jarvis and IIIrd Generation at Ohio Bluegrass Winter Weekend - photo by Chris Smith The Ohio Bluegrass Winter Weekend was an enormous success. Hosted by Clay Hess, his wife Samantha, and The Clay Hess Band, the show was held March

  • Urge for Going – Dede Wyland

    It’s appropriate that singer Dede Wyland should name her latest Patuxent album Urge for Going. To be sure, it has nothing to do with wanderlust, although Wyland is one of those artists that have helped push bluegrass forward into modern

  • Weekend photos from FL Bluegrass Classic

    Nothin' Fancy at the 2019 Florida Bluegrass Classic - photo © Bill Warren The 2019 edition of the Florida Bluegrass Classic has come to a close. Friday opened with a songwriter workshop hosted by Ohio’s Brink Brinkman. Brink and his wife

  • Thursday at the Florida Bluegrass Classic

    Nightime jamming at the 2019 Florida Bluegrass Classic - photo © Bill Warren Thursday saw the opening of the mainstage show at the Florida Bluegrass Classic. Vintage country artist David Church opened the day with music from the days of Hank

  • Pete Wernick’s JAM Songbook

     Pete Wernick has given a great deal to the banjo and bluegrass communities over the course of his lengthy career. The author of several top-selling instructional books for banjo, he was also a founding member of Hot Rize, and the

  • Appalachian Road Show at Joe Val

    Appalachian Road Show at the 2019 Joe Val Bluegrass Festival - photo © Dave Hollender This review is a contribution from David Hollender, a Professor in the Ensembles Department at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. He is a classically

  • Wednesday at the Florida Bluegrass Classic

    The early arrivals at the Florida Bluegrass Classic did what bluegrassers do best – we ate. The annual Wednesday evening potluck was a huge success. No one went away hungry! The crowd then enjoyed a radio/open mic show hosted by Nashville