• Death of Traditional Bluegrass?

    Change is inevitable. Innovations are unavoidable. Perhaps no greater example of this can be found than within musical art forms. Music is a living, breathing thing, involving many different people with many different ideas. It is foolish to think that

  • Blue Yodel #1 – Hello World

    As The Bluegrass Blog rolls into Bluegrass Today, I thought I’d take us back to the beginning of the online bluegrass community. Let us recall a simpler time, a time when bluegrass social media meant the letters section of Bluegrass Unlimited,

  • Dierks Bentley on Mountain Stage

    NPR.org has posted the audio from the recent Mountain Stage performance by Dierks Bentley, along with The Travelin' McCourys. They visited the show during the promotional tour they did in support of Up On The Ridge, Bentley's latest CD on Capitol.

  • 2010 won’t happen by accident

    Brian Hazard over at the Music Think Tank blog has posted a good article entitled The case for online-only promotion. Some of his thoughts are right on and I agree wholeheartedly, others I have to respectfully disagree with. First he issues a

  • Music Quality vs Recording Quality

    With all the advances in technology, it seems we've created a contrast in the way music is produced, and the way it's consumed. On one hand, recording technology has enabled the recording of high resolution audio. Most studios these days are

  • A new King of Bluegrass?

    Brian Baker, writing for CityBeat Cincinnati, recently suggested that we coronate a new King of Bluegrass. His suggestion as to who should wear the crown? Ralph Stanley. His reasoning for recognizing Stanley is certainly sound, but his premise is wrong. If Monroe was

  • What happened to my promo?

    I've had several discussions with artists over the course of 2008 with regard to the final destination of promo CDs. Everyone sends them out, but no one talks about where they end up. The artists and labels send out large

  • The cultural vs. commercial value of music

    Does music have value? Some would say it used to, but that it has recently be devalued by the internet age and mp3s. Is that true? Andrew Dubber tackles these questions in a recent blog post, Has music been devalued? Dubber shares

  • Future of the music business

    Ian Rogers, CEO of Topspin and former head of Yahoo Music, gave the keynote address recently at the GRAMMY Northwest MusicTech Summit 2008. In his speech, Rogers explains the current state of the music business as he see it. He explains