• BrandyGrass from Brandy Miller

    North Carolina teen banjo phenom Brandy Miller, winner of numerous banjo contests and a new Daughter of Bluegrass, has released her very first project, BrandyGrass, Volume 1. Clinging to her deep traditional roots, she chose ten enduring bluegrass gems (seven of

  • Looking Forward hits from The Bankesters

    The latest album from the singing Bankesters, Looking Forward, hit on June 1. As always, it features Phil and Dorene Bankester and their trio of talented daughters, Melissa, Emily and Alysha. Or, I should say, this project features the trio. Their earlier

  • The Boxcars CD this month

    I just heard from Adam Steffey, who tells us that The Boxcars' second Mountain Home CD, All In, is set for release later this month. This much-anticipated sophomore project will feature Adam on mandolin along with fellow Boxcars Ron Stewart

  • New Boxcars CD almost done

    I caught up yesterday with Adam Steffey, who filled me in on the two biggest events in his life these days. Make that three! His twin sons, Riley and A.P., are occupying much of his energy, but he's also been carving

  • Mark Twain – Words & Music

    Samuel Langhorne Clemens (November 30, 1835 – April 21, 1910), was an American author and humorist better known by his pen-name Mark Twain. He is best known for his novels The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (published in 1876) and its sequel Adventures

  • Adam, Tina, Andrew and Riley

    We got a few more details - and some photos - from Adam Steffey, who is in a bit of a fog following the birth of his twin sons yesterday. He tells us that Andrew Page and Riley Carter Steffey were born

  • Two more Steffeys!

    Adam and Tina Steffey's twins were born earlier today. The boys and Tina are doing well - don't know about Adam. We'll post photos as soon as we get them. Congrats to the rapidly expanding Steffey clan!

  • Kenny Smith – Return

    One of the most enjoyable recordings I've discovered this year is Kenny Smith's latest, an instrumental guitar project called Return. The project is special in a number of ways. First of all, it's the first album from Kenny since his 1997

  • Clay Hess – Rain

    Longtime sideman Clay Hess is out with his third solo project, due for wide release during IBMA later this month. Rain finds Hess in his most familiar role: scorching the guitar, on both lead and rhythm. Since first hitting the