• Photos from Newell Lodge

    The March edition of the Newell Lodge Bluegrass Festival in Folkston, GA kicked off Thursday evening with an open stage which featured Clint Wilson and Brandon Bostic. The evening’s show was given by two popular local bands – The King Family

  • Rail River & Road – Nightflyer

    Ohio-based band Nightflyer has named their second album Rail River & Road – a fitting name that neatly sums up the themes of the majority of the thirteen songs within. They sample from a number of popular bluegrass songwriters here,

  • 180 Proof – Grandpa’s Cough Medicine

    The last we heard from Grandpa's Cough Medicine was with their 2012 album, The Murder Chord. It's title track suggested that a heavy metal chord existed that could induce suburban teens to knock off their parents. They take a similarly irreverent,

  • Pray For Rain – Blue Mafia

    Blue Mafia really caught my attention with their 2013 debut CD, My Cold Heart. It boasted of three strong lead singers, and a powerful new songwriting voice, plus the sort of dynamic guitar playing that sets the tracks on fire. Over the

  • Brotherhood – The Gibson Brothers

    In debates surrounding regional chauvinism in the roots of bluegrass music, New York's Gibson Brothers are often posited as modern exemplars of a sound that isn't dominated by cultural and musical conventions of the American south. It's true that their music is

  • Snapshots – Darin & Brooke Aldridge

    Largely thanks to cheerful love songs like Corn, Lonely Ends Where Love Begins, and That’s Just Me Loving You, husband and wife duo Darin and Brooke Aldridge have become known as the “Sweethearts of Bluegrass.” While there are a few

  • That Was Then – Springfield Exit

    One of my biggest gripes as a lover of bluegrass music is to hear terrific picking and singing on a CD only to hear that the band in question can’t replicate that sound – or even come close – on