• Recap of another amazing MerleFest

    MerleFest Veterans set on Watson Stage at MerleFest on April 27, 2019 - photo by Alisa B. Cherry Some festivals are known for their music. Others for the legacy they’ve left behind. And a few can be counted on for both. Put

  • The Hard Way – Dale Ann Bradley

    Dale Ann Bradley has become a staple of several musical trends over the course of her career — bluegrass, Americana, grassicana, and most of the rootsier sounds that lie in-between. Indeed, if she’s yet to receive the full recognition that

  • Good Things – The Farm Hands

    The Farm Hands may have assigned themselves a humble handle, but the fact is, they have accrued an impressive history along the way. Having amassed more than 80 award nominations — and garnered 30 of them in the process —

  • Mandolin Camp North 2019 is in the books

    Mandolin Camp North was held last weekend at Prindle Pond Conference Center in Charlton Massachusetts with 90 happy students. The weather started out cold and drizzly on Friday but turned glorious on Saturday, encouraging plenty of outdoor classes and jamming. Mandolin Camp

  • Halfway to Mansfield Jamfest in Ohio

    Caney Creek performs at Halfway to Mansfield Jamfest - photo by Missy Smith Saturday April 13th saw the presentation of the Halfway to Mansfield Jamfest show at the Richland County Fairgrounds in Mansfield, Ohio. Promoter Chris Smith put the show together

  • Fret A Spell – Darren Nicholson

    Mandolin player Darren Nicholson subtitles his new album, Fret A Spell, as Instrumental Bluegrass. Of course, the description isn’t really necessary. Given the fact that most of the offerings in this 13 song set are well known standards, the music itself offers

  • Larry Sparks at the Kentuckians of Michigan

    The Kentuckians of Michigan have a long history of providing top notch bluegrass during the cold winter months in southeast Michigan. This past Friday was no exception. Larry Sparks brought the Lonesome Ramblers to the Kentuckians stage. He played to a