• Monroe tributes: Audie, Dawg & Del

    Paying tribute to Bill Monroe with a recording of his songs presents a different challenge than it would for any other musician I can think of. The prime mover behind the creation of bluegrass music, his output forms more of

  • Scott Holstein – Cold Coal Town

    Scott Holstein was born in Boone County, in the heart of the coalfields of West Virginia, and he has chosen that imagery for the title of his album, Cold Coal Town. His mother and father both played bluegrass Gospel music as far

  • Missy Werner’s Three Kinds of Lonesome

    Sometimes simple is best. But every once in a while, you crave something with a little spice or some frills. I’m stuck with that craving after repeated listenings to Missy Werner’s latest project, Three Kinds of Lonesome. It’s a solid effort

  • A Prime Tyme for IIIrd Tyme Out

    It’s a “Prime Tyme” to be a fan of Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out. Having been around for twenty plus years, many groups of this caliber would start to slow down. They’ve won nearly every award imaginable in our

  • Save Me – Mountain Faith

    Another example of how much technology has benefitted the recent generation of aspiring musicians is on display in the new CD release of North Carolina group Mountain Faith, titled Save Me. Early bluegrass musicians learned through years of trial and error, relying primarily on

  • The Starday Story

    Just as the rock ‘n’ roll era dawned and country music and its off-spring bluegrass music was being overwhelmed by the popularity of this new musical style, a savior appeared in the form of Don Pierce and his recent acquisition,

  • Stages – The Snyder Family

    When I first opened the Snyder Family Band's new CD, titled Stages, before reading the CD jacket and listening to the title cut, the first thought that crossed my mind is that a family band which starts when the children are so

  • Three Tall Pines

    Boston area quartet Three Tall Pines, has just released their second project entitled All That’s Left. It was produced by Avi Salloway and Charlie Rose. They have also enlisted the help of  their friends from Della Mae, Hey Mama, Billy

  • Crowe on the Banjo

    From receiving his first banjo as a Christmas present at the age of 13 to his IBMA Hall of Fame Induction in 2003, very few people have made as big an impact on a musical genre as J.D. Crowe has