• Classical Americana video

    We posted in August about The Nashville Symphony's Classical Americana concert, scheduled for this Saturday (9/12). The show will feature noted bluegrass and folk performers with the symphony, and was programmed as a tribute to the Americana Music Association's convention next

  • Nashville Symphony to feature grassers

    For anyone who will be in Nashville for the Americana Music Festival and Conference (September 16-19), here's a good reason to slip into town a few days early. The Nashville Symphony will be doing a special show on Saturday, September 12,

  • Bluegrass ladies in the Wall Street Journal

    Today's Wall Street Journal has an article on Alison Brown and her company, Compass Records, that also includes brief interviews with three Compass artists who have recent releases - Dale Ann Bradley, Missy Raines, and Brown herself. The article - The

  • New IBMA Board members announced

    The seating of five newly-elected members of  the Board of Directors for the International Bluegrass Music Association has just been announced. Three incumbent board members return to their seats along with two new members to fill the Board's full complement

  • 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