• Winter Harvest – Matt Flinner Trio

    While the phrase “du jour” may be familiar to coffee house goers and soup connoisseurs, it may be one that much of the bluegrass world encounters only rarely, especially where their music is concerned. However, there is at least one

  • Buddy Merriam Backroads Mandolin book

    One might say that becoming a bluegrass virtuoso was simply written in the stars for Buddy Merriam, a mandolinist originally from Hartford, Connecticut. Although he had played guitar since childhood, he became interested in the mandolin after seeing Frank Wakefield

  • Back to My Roots – Carolina Road

    With seven national recordings to her credit, Lorraine Jordan is back at it again with Carolina Road’s second Rural Rhythm release, Back to My Roots. Formed in 1998, the group remains very active on the bluegrass circuit, averaging 60 festivals

  • Crowe Brothers – Bridging The Gap

    Having recorded and toured together since 1975, the North Carolina-based band The Crowe Brothers have released several projects in many band configurations, including albums with Raymond Fairchild and David McLaughlin. However, their latest effort, Bridging The Gap, which sits somewhere

  • All That’s Left from Three Tall Pines

    In order to write and perform music featuring Appalachian subjects, one does not have to have a rural heritage, as proven by the members of Massachusetts-based band Three Tall Pines. Their latest release, All That’s Left, relies heavily on images

  • Too Blue’s Trouble With The Grey

    Eric Gibson calls Too Blue’s work “music for grown-ups,” and it’s easy to see why on the New York band’s second CD, Trouble With The Grey. This is part jazz – think big-band swing and the Andrews Sisters – part Patsy

  • It’s Gonna Be A Beautiful Day!

    Recently released by Wayne Taylor & Appaloosa, It's Gonna Be A Beautiful Day! is a generous helping of original music spanning the spectrum of bluegrass styles from traditional to contemporary. Upon listening to Wayne's vocal style, it is apparent that he is not a typical

  • Bean Blossom – a second look

    Bean Blossom, that place of many legends that has attracted bluegrass fans from so many territories world-wide, that has two internationally-distributed LPs that bear its name and yet about which so little of its history has been known for so