• Earthworks making waves in bluegrass

    For a great many musicians and studio folks, Earthworks microphones are known primarily for their reference and choral applications. Recognized for their remarkable sonic accuracy and lack of tonal colorization, these somewhat odd-looking microphones, with their long cylindrical shape and small,

  • Marc Pruett – a Carolina treasure

    This article is a contribution from Cindy Faulkner, a writer and bluegrass fan living near Raleigh, NC.  After Marc Pruett received a North Carolina Heritage Award recently, I had the pleasure of candidly chatting with him about bluegrass, playing the banjo, and

  • Hopkins and Balsam Range with Atlanta Pops

    John Driskell Hopkins, bassist with alt-country heroes the Zac Brown Band, has released a holiday album for the 2015 Christmas season. In The Spirit find Hopkins singing a dozen sacred and secular favorites, all backed by the Atlanta Pops Orchestra,

  • David Holt’s State of Music November 22

    A concert is scheduled for November 22 at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, NC to start production for season 2 of David Holt’s State of Music. The show, created in cooperation with UNC-TV, is syndicated nationally through PBS. Holt hosts, and performs

  • 2015 IBMA Award winners

    Last night at the Duke Energy Center in Raleigh, NC, the 2015 International Bluegrass Music Awards were distributed. It was the year of the Earls of Leicester, who took 6 of the 17 trophies, including the coveted Entertainer of the Year.

  • Friday at Grey Fox 2015

    Friday at Grey Fox was another action-packed day. One of the hardest things about this festival is deciding what to do with so many great activities happening at the same time. There were workshops on dance, songwriting, and all kinds of instruments.