• Bluegrass impressionists

    Ashby Frank is a talented musician who, despite his youth, has already been a part of several notable ensembles. At 24 years old, Ashby - who is the current mandolinist with Special Consensus - has toured with Marty Raybon, Alecia

  • Nash-Mash follow-up

    Brance posted on Tuesday about the special Station Inn performance this week by Mashville Brigade and friends. The band was initially formed late in '06 by Ashby Frank and a number of other hot young pickers when Frank was living in

  • Mashville Brigade & Friends

    For many years now the legend of the Sidemen has lived on even though the group no longer performs at Nashville's Station Inn. In recent months, a new group of sidemen have come together to fill the void. They call themselves

  • Ashby Frank to Special Consensus

    We just heard from Greg Cahill, founder and fearless leader of Special Consensus. Greg tells us that Ashby Frank has been hired as mandolinist and vocalist with the band, taking the spot to be vacated when Ron Spears departs to join

  • Alecia Nugent: concert review

    Saturday night I took the wife and attended the Alecia Nugent concert in nearby New Castle, Virginia. It should be no surprise that Alecia put on a great show, she's won awards recently from both IBMA and SPBGMA for her

  • Mashville Brigade forms in Nashville

    We heard last week from mandolinist Ashby Frank with word of a new "second band" featuring members of several Nashville-based bluegrass acts. They are calling themselves Mashville Brigade, and they debuted at The Station Inn on December 5. Ashby said that