• Christmas the Mountain Way

    For most bluegrass musicians, summer is festival season. However, a number of today’s top artists took a short break from touring this past June to get in the holiday spirit. For Steve Gulley, Dale Ann Bradley, Mike Scott, and the

  • All the Way to Bethlehem – Donna Ulisse

    With Christmas quickly approaching, many artists have begun releasing albums full of traditional Christmas tunes. In the bluegrass world, that often consists of such classics as Christmas Time’s a Comin’ or Beautiful Star of Bethlehem, in addition to popular modern

  • The Mando Chronicles from Peter Ostroushko

    Noted mandolinist Peter Ostroushko has put together a sizable compendium of mandolin music for his new 3-CD box set, The Mando Chronicles. The music is presented in a number of settings (solo, duet, trio and small ensemble), with each of the three

  • The Outliers Fit In

    The Outliers, as the name of this North Carolina band might suggest, aren’t afraid to stray beyond the bounds of bluegrass for their self-titled debut CD. It’s evident in the song selection, especially on Shout – a pop hit for Tears

  • Two new mandolin books from Mel Bay

    Mel Bay has a pair of new mandolin books, aimed at two different strata of pickers. Children's Mandolin Method, written by William Bay (son of the company's founder, Mel) is just what the title suggests. It follows the familiar method book

  • Low Valley from Chasing Blue

    Talented young bands seem to pop up like weeds these days. Every time I turn around, there is another CD from a group that appears to have come out of nowhere, at least on a national level. Just such a band

  • Onwards and Upwards – Niall Toner

    With music scenes in such far-flung locations as Japan, the Czech Republic, and New Zealand, it is becoming more and more apparent that bluegrass music has come a long way from its roots in Bill Monroe’s western Kentucky hometown of

  • Chronology Volume 3 – Lonesome River Band

    Over the past year, the Lonesome River Band has dedicated much of their time to recording an ambitious three-disc collection celebrating the band’s 30th anniversary. For the third and final album in this collection, Chronology Volume 3, the current LRB