• Crazy If You Let It – Thomm Jutz

    Thomm Jutz may have taken an unlikely tack in his career, but it’s one that benefitted both him and his muse in any number of ways. Born in Germany, but a staunch devotee of Americana music, he built a career —

  • The Hillbenders – The Hillbenders

    When you’ve soared to a high peak, topping that triumph can be a challenge in itself. In the case of the Hillbenders, a band that turned both rock and bluegrass on their respective ears with an otherwise unimaginable take on

  • Royal Traveller – Missy Raines

    Missy Raines’ reputation as both a bassist and one of bluegrass’ most preferred partisans is well known of course, but such is her skill that her abilities as a singer and songwriter are sadly underrated. Royal Traveller offers opportunity to

  • 2018 Bluegrass Christmas in the Smokies, II

    Williamson Branch at the 2018 Bluegrass Christmas in the Smokies - photo © Bill Warren Thursday at Bluegrass Christmas in the Smokies was kicked off by Jay Armsworthy and Eastern Tradition, from Maryland. They gave an appreciative audience a full measure

  • Matt Thacker & Route 23 in Michigan

    Sometimes a person is in the right place at the right time. This past Friday was one of those places and times. Matt Thacker & Route 23 appeared that night at the Kentuckians of Michigan in Romulus, MI. Matt is the late

  • Duckpin – Charm City Junction

    Sometimes when I’m overextended, I listen to new music in the background while answering emails, preparing song licenses or making dinner. Then I circle back later and give the CD my undivided attention for a few listens before I write

  • Live – Hank, Pattie & The Current

    Credit ought to be accorded any band that writes its own material and delivers with the kind of adroit ability demonstrated by the ensemble that bills itself as Hank, Pattie & The Current. Seemingly impervious to any preset formula, their