Jim Mills in Garden & Gun

We’ve posted a few times about Garden & Gun magazine. It’s a glossy bi-monthly that merges content on southern lifestyle with hunting and outdoors features.

They have been quite kind to bluegrass music, with recent features on Sam Bush, Punch Brothers, and Steve Martin with Steep Canyon Rangers. Garden & Gun does a collections feature in each issue, and the current (June/July 2011) edition has a profile on North Carolina banjo man Jim Mills and his impressive assemblage of pre war banjos.

Jim tells us that he has been a subscriber for years, and was thrilled to see his banjos displayed in the pages of one of his favorite publications.

The magazine is available in bookstores all across the US, and in many grocery and drug stores in the southern states. Single issues can be ordered online.

Jim also shared a few words about his experience playing recently at The Ryman with Vince Gill.

“The 2011 Bluegrass Nights series launched this past Thursday night at the Ryman Auditorium, and I was honored to play banjo with Vince Gill and his great Bluegrass Ensemble. We had Stuart Duncan on fiddle, Mike Compton on mandolin, and Mike Bub on bass, as well as Jeff White and Vince on guitars and vocals. It was a sold out show and we really had a ball. We’re playing a couple more shows with Vince and his Bluegrass Ensemble this month, including two nights back to back at the Birchmere (July 28-29).”

Here area  couple of video clips of the Ryman show, shot from the audience.

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John Lawless

John had served as primary author and editor for The Bluegrass Blog from its launch in 2006 until being folded into Bluegrass Today in September of 2011. He continues in that capacity here, managing a strong team of columnists and correspondents.