• Blues Around My Cabin – Flashback

    Reunion bands are cool, right? The Bluegrass Album Band back together in Asheville, NC, a few years back, was certainly awesome, and a Johnson Mountain Boys reunion might just be my dream bluegrass concert (HINT, HINT). However, reunions usually take

  • Self Titled – Fenced In

    Fenced In harbor no allusions other than their intents. They eschew any sort of innovative stance in favor of a traditional tapestry, a seasoned sound built on bluegrass basics and a timeless template. It’s little surprise then that this self-titled

  • Lonesome Moon – Grass Strings

    Established 45 years ago, Grass Strings, a central North Carolina-based bluegrass band, has released a new project entitled Lonesome Moon. Recorded at Greg Luck’s studio in Mt. Gilead, NC, the CD premieres on Luck's new label, Riverside Music Co. The

  • A Storyteller’s Story – Stephen Wade

    Credit Stephen Wade’s long ago, one-man show, A Storyteller’s Story: Sources of Banjo Dancing, for being a nominal yet insightful look at the place banjo played in America’s musical lexicon. It was produced and performed in May, 1979 at a

  • Banjo Player’s Blues – High Fidelity

    Bluegrass traditionalists often lament how far many artists have strayed from the sounds of classic bluegrass from the 1940s-'60s. Many bands that call themselves traditional these days have more in common with early '90s bluegrass and country than they do