• Taking the Lead – Kyser George

    There’s a certain truth to the tile of Kyser George’s new album, Taking the Lead, given the fact that it finds him expanding on the lessons learned from watching his father’s band early on and from immersing himself in the

  • Self titled – Route 3

    When an album comes in the mail (or e-mail, these days) from a new band, you’re never quite sure what to expect. Will the whole album live up to the superbly produced first single? Will an amazing live sound transfer

  • 13 Or So – Nick Hornbuckle

    Instrumental albums can present something of a challenge. Without the benefit of vocals or clearly defined melodies, listeners may not find a means to connect, especially with a lack of lyrical narrative. That said, credit Nick Hornbuckle with creating an

  • Dreaming Small – Timothy Scott

    There’s both sweetness and sincerity imbued in Dreaming Small, the ironically named EP from North Carolina native Timothy Scott. It’s an easy and amenable song that allows for a clear connection and a sense of familiarity even when hearing these

  • Shake, Rattle & Roar – Randy Barrett

    Randy Barrett seems to come by his craft naturally. A singer, songwriter, banjo player, fiddler, teacher, and luthier, he’s enjoyed a 40 year career recreating sounds of vintage origins. A winner of seven Washington area music awards and a member

  • Undeniable – Nothin’ Fancy

    It’s one thing to be so technically proficient, you simply dazzle your audiences with ability and execution. In bluegrass realms, that’s an especially important additive. Yet it’s equally essential — perhaps even more so — to make an emotional impact

  • Hello Stranger – Eliza Meyer

    It’s evident even from an initial listen that Eliza Meyer is an old soul in teenage trappings. Born and raised in North Carolina, this high school junior is a musical prodigy who digs into her state’s deep well of tradition

  • Bad for You – The Steeldrivers

    It’s been a while since we’ve heard from The Steeldrivers. Their most recent prior album, 2015’s The Muscle Shoals Recordings, was honored with a Grammy for Best Bluegrass Album. Not long after, lead singer Gary Nichols took a medical leave,