• Alison Brown heading for Japan

    Award-winning banjoist Alison Brown is making last-minute preparations for her upcoming tour of Japan, starting later this week. In tow will be husband Garry West on bass, Larry Atamanuik on drums, and John R Burr on keyboard. Also traveling with Alison and Garry

  • Big bluegrass night in Nashville

    Tonight (8/22) finds two venues in Music City offering special bluegrass shows. One will be available to anyone with an internet connection, while the other will be limited to folks lucky enough to be in town. At 7:00 p.m. (CDT), Music

  • Get your SiriusXM bluegrass online

    We heard this morning from Ned Luberecki, noted banjo monster and radio host extraordinaire, with news about a new feature at SiriusXM, where he broadcasts regularly on Bluegrass Junction (Channel 61). The satellite radio company has been expanding its online offerings,

  • Banjo Stylin’ – Porchlight Sessions

    The producers of the upcoming Porchlight Sessions film have assembled this set of outtakes from the many hours of footage they shot as a tribute to Earl Scruggs. You'll see comments and music from Chris Pandolfi, Béla Fleck and Alison Brown

  • Scratch Gravel Road – Special Consensus

    Another highly-anticipated CD scheduled for release this month is Scratch Gravel Road, the 16th album from Special Consensus over the course of 37 years in the biz. It is set to hit March 27 on Compass. Founding member and owner/operator Greg

  • Della Mae CD to hit in September

    Well, it looks like the gals in Della Mae were successful with the crowdsourcing project we highlighted last month, as they have announced a September release for their debut full-length CD, I Built This Heart. The band, based in Boston, consists

  • Alison Brown in American Songwriter

    American Songwriter has a nice interview with banjo maven and Compass Records President Alison Brown, on the occasion of her DVD release, Live At Blair. This is a concert with her quartet, along with multi-instrumentalist Joe Craven. The quartet is consists

  • Bluegrass A La Carte (7/13)

    The Dean of Bluegrass University The Chicago Reader has a nice write up about Greg Cahill and his band Special Consensus, as they prepare to celebrate their 35th anniversary. Greg and his band were a big influence on me as a teenager in Kansas City. I

  • Bluegrass at Harvard

    Harvard University has scheduled an academic event on February 6 focused on bluegrass music. The one day seminar is entitled, Fire On The Mountain - A Bluegrass Symposium, and will feature a keynote address and panel discussions including a number