• Gap To Gap – Cane Mill Road

    It’s always encouraging to hear a new generation of musicians taking up the bluegrass and grassicana mantle, and though they may opt to add new elements to the mix, the devotion and dedication is generally evident immediately. That’s clearly the

  • Tales From East Kentucky – Larry Cordle

    Larry Cordle’s connection to his native Kentucky has always been solidly ingrained in his style and sound, but for those unaware, his latest effort, Tales From East Kentucky ought to affirm that legacy as first and foremost as goes his

  • Rolling On – Allegheny Drifters

    Make no mistake — the Allegheny Drifters have no allusions about being nu-grass, grassicana, Americana, or for that matter anything other that what they are, which is traditional bluegrass. Some might deride them for making no attempt to push the

  • Free – Williamson Branch

    One of the most underrated female vocalists in bluegrass music today, hands down, is Melody Williamson of Nashville-based family band Williamson Branch. She’s been around the bluegrass world for years, performing on stage with her parents as a kid, showcasing

  • Old World – NewTown

    Based in Lexington, Kentucky, and fronted by vocalist/fiddler Kati Penn Williams and her singer/banjo player husband, Jr. Williams, NewTown produces a sound that typifies today’s new generation of bluegrass bands. Formed in 2009, the band got its start when Williams

  • Just Another Story – Clay Hess Band

    There aren't many people in bluegrass with the level of credibility both on stage and behind the scenes that accrues to Clay Hess. As a guitarist and singer he has been part of Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder, Mountain Heart,

  • Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion 2018

    2018 Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion - photo by Teresa Gereaux Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion celebrated its 18th year, September 21-23. Rhythm and Roots takes over downtown Bristol with four major outdoor stages, one on State Street, where half the

  • Solid Ground – Wood Belly

    It’s rare when a new band nails their sound the first time out, so credit Wood Belly with doing exactly that and earning the kudos they deserve as a result. Recorded last October with Grammy-winning producer Sally Van Meter at

  • North of Despair – Wood & Wire

    It’s evident even at the outset that Wood & Wire appreciate the essence and nuances of grassicana, not only in the way they construct their adept arrangements, but also in the sources that serve as their inspiration. While the title