• Joe Diffie – Homecoming

    Back in the late summer of 2008, we first shared news about country crooner Joe Diffie making a return to bluegrass music, from whence he came before Nashville made him a star in the 1990s. Rounder signed him to a

  • Aubrey Haynie wins ACM award

    Hats off to Aubrey Haynie, who was awarded the Top Fiddle Player Of The Year trophy on Sunday (4/5) at the Academy Of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas. Bryan Sutton, Randy Kohrs and Rob Ickes also received nominations this year.

  • Grassers garner ACM nods

    When the complete list of nominees for the 2009 Academy Of Country Music Awards were announced yesterday (2/11), a number of bluegrass pickers showed up on the list. No... not that list (the one with all the Nashville glitterati in their

  • More Ultimate Pickin from Pinecastle

    Some of the more popular bluegrass instrumental projects of recent years have been in a Pinecastle series which came to be called the Bluegrass Annual projects, as each was designated by the year in which it was released. Seven CDs

  • Violin Shop Concerts, Vol II

    We also heard last week from Fred Carpenter, who runs The Violin Shop in Nashville. He shared some of his plans for IBMA week later this month, which will include their participation during the Grand Masters Fiddle Contest (9/28-29), and

  • Carpenter Violin Shop Concerts on DVD

    Fiddlers, and fans of fiddle music in the Nashville area, have made a point to catch the occasional concerts held at The Violin Shop on Old Hickory Boulevard. The shows are always intimate, performed with no amplification in a 60

  • Pickin’ On the ACM Awards

    A number of bluegrass artists are up for awards from the Academy Of Country Music when they are presented on May 23. Rob Ickes (dobro) and Bryan Sutton (guitar) are nominated in the Top Specialty Instrument Player of the Year

  • Pinecastle releases Ultimate Pickin’ CD

    This new compilation CD is due for a September 6 release from Pinecastle Records. The 20 instrumental tracks were selected from the popular Bluegrass '96-'99 CD series produced by Scott Vestal, now out of print. These recordings featured contemporary interpretations