• 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

  • Big Trouble from The Dang-It Bobbys

    Over the past several decades, the definition of bluegrass has continually expanded from its origins with Bill Monroe and the Bluegrass Boys. The new album Big Trouble from The Dang-It Bobbys, which hit shelves September 20th, further stretches that definition.

  • Family Chain – John Bowman

    Unlike some of the "bandwagon" tribute recordings that it might be suspected are motivated by commercial appeal as much as a heartfelt desire to spotlight the subject of the tribute, John Bowman's new release, Family Chain, is a personal statement of