• Sugar & Joy – The Dead South

    With all due respect to their American cousins, our neighbors to the north often seem to show the yanks a thing or two when it comes to offering authenticity within the realms of bluegrass and beyond. Bands such as the

  • Steam – Deeper Shade of Blue

    Over the course of a career that stretches back some 17 years, North Carolina’s Deeper Shade of Blue — an astute quintet consisting of Jim Fraley (banjo/vocals), his son Jason Fraley (mandolin/vocals), Troy Pope (guitar/vocals), Frank Poindexter (dobro), and Scott

  • 30 – Larry Stephenson Band

    A true musical devotee and revered bluegrass staple, Larry Stephenson has plied his craft in service to that seminal sound for the past three decades. It’s little wonder then that 30 serves as an apt testament to his tenacity and

  • Outside Looking In – Lonesome River Band

    Lonesome River Band are one of those rare contemporary bluegrass outfits that have the means of combining old school precepts with a decidedly modern melodic sensibility, without sacrificing the integrity of either. It’s a difficult juggling act to be sure;

  • True Bluegrass Guitar – Various Artists

    At the same time as releasing a set of mandolin recordings from the Rebel and County Records’ vaults, Rebel Records has made available a bluegrass guitar anthology, True Bluegrass Guitar. Digging deep into their archives Rebel Records has assembled recordings by some

  • SamJam 2019 report

    Sideline with Styx Hicks after their set at SamJam 2019 - photo by Mike Sullivan The SamJam 2019 bluegrass festival was one for the record books! The energy at this festival is something rarely seen at bluegrass events these days. Sammy Karr