• Banjos in orbit

    Alison Brown is among several banjoists whose playing has been described as "out of this world" - but she may be among the very few who can prove it. When space shuttle Atlantis took off last week to perform delicate repairs

  • Alison Brown – The Company You Keep

    The new CD from banjoist Alison Brown, The Company You Keep, will be released April 7 on Compass Records. The album features her quartet: John Burr on piano, Garry West on bass, Joe Craven on mandolin and fiddle and Larry Atamanuik

  • Revamped Evergreen from Alison Brown

    Compass Records has released a revised and extended version of Evergreen, a CD of Christmas music from The Alison Brown Quartet that first hit as an EP in 2007. The material is composed of primarily modern Christmas favorites, twice in interesting

  • Alison Brown photo essay online

    The Rochester Democrat and Chronicle has put together a series of multimedia portraits of acts performing on the 2008 Rochester Jazz Festival. The act chosen as the highlight from Sunday's (6/15) performance was the Alison Brown Quartet. As many of our

  • Two new CDs: Tim Carter and Tommy Webb

    We received two fine CDs recently, from artists whose music may not be familiar to a wide listening audience. Both projects have their roots in the rich, fertile "bluegrass crescent" that encircles eastern Kentucky and Tennessee along with western Virginia

  • Congratulations to Alison Brown

    Banjo picker extraordinaire Alison Brown and her husband (and Compass Records co-founder) Garry West recently celebrated the birth of their son, Brendan Brown West. Brendan was born on April 10, and arrived at 8 lbs. 8 oz. His dad is also

  • Compass Records offers free downloads

    Compass Records, the Nashville based label run by banjo player Alison Brown, has recently redesigned their website and is now offering one track each week as a free mp3 download. The free track as of this writing is not from a

  • Bill Evans on Hardly Strictly Bluegrass

    The following is a contribution from Bill Evans, well-known banjo picker, educator and semi-regular contributor here on Bluegrass Today. I'm just back - and completely exhausted! However, I wanted to share these pictures and relate a little bit of the magic

  • Alison Brown on The Opry

    Banjo player extraordinaire, Alison Brown will be a featured performer on The Grand Ole Opry program this Saturday evening. She'll perform during the 9:00-9:30 p.m. and 12:30-1:00 a.m. segments, and though the Opry schedule doesn't say so, it's safe to presume

  • Dale Ann Bradley, Catch Tomorrow

    One of the advantages of operating a news resource like Bluegrass Today is the opportunity to hear new CD releases before they are sent to radio, or made available to the general public. There is nothing like being in on