• Mike Compton and Joe Newberry Live

    The modern musical arts based on traditional string music divide into many camps. Some use the instruments familiar to old time and bluegrass to push boundaries, while others demonstrate an almost fanatical devotion to the old masters. In between you can

  • Glenn Valley – Smith Family Band

    This past September, a new documentary filmed by and featuring some of today’s hottest young pickers premiered at IBMA. Conceived and directed by Corey Smith, a 17-year-old guitarist from North Carolina (with the help of Zeb Snyder, another young North

  • Gibson Brothers Flying High

    Late last year, as I chatted with Eric Gibson, I silently doubted him when he said he thought the Gibson Brothers next CD would be their best yet. After Ring the Bell a few years back and album of the

  • Lonesome Melodies: A Review

    The level of excitement peaks when anticipating a book about one of the elite members of our bluegrass community. Such was the case when there was news of the completion of David W. Johnson's book about the Stanley Brothers, Lonesome Melodies:

  • Back to Jubilee Road – Pete Goble

    One of bluegrass music’s most respected and prolific songwriters is Pete Goble. Along with his longtime writing partner, the late Leroy Drumm, Goble penned such modern classics as Tennessee 1949, Big Spike Hammer, and Colleen Malone. Although numerous artists have

  • Flatt Lonesome’s Strong Start

    Since Flatt Lonesome won the band competition at the 2012 Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America conference, this sextet has been making a lot of noise. A lot of beautiful noise. And that beautiful noise continues with the

  • Lonely Tonight – Grassville

    Many bluegrass bands today strive to find a sound somewhere between traditional and contemporary, looking toward the past while still managing to provide fresh material for modern audiences. A new band with that mix of contemporary and traditional sound is

  • The Story of the Day That I Died

    With all the genre blurring present in modern bluegrass music, which finds artists mixing hints of country, pop, folk, and numerous other genres into the standard 1-4-5 drive, fans of the old sound have wondered if there’s any place for