• Banjo NewsLetter suspends publication

    Following closely on the death of Spencer Nitchie, his brother and business partner, Donald, has announced that Banjo NewsLetter, the print periodical for banjo players, will suspend publication following the current September issue. Donald and Spencer took over the magazine when

  • Spencer Nitchie passes

    Spencer Nitchie, co-owner/operator of Banjo NewsLetter, died on August 6 following a brief bout with liver and pancreatic cancer. He was 57 years of age. Since 1992, Spencer and his brother, Donald, have run the publication launched by their father, Hub,

  • J.D. Crowe tribute in Banjo NewsLetter

    The venerable Banjo NewsLetter has dedicated its December issue to the career and music of the great J.D. Crowe. Surely among the finest bluegrass banjo players ever to don picks, BNL uses the recent announcement of Crowe's retirement to remember the many decades

  • Congratulations to Banjo NewsLetter

    Today is a big day for the venerable Banjo NewsLetter. With their November 2013 issue, their 481st, the monthly magazine celebrates 40 years of continuous publication. The cover depicts BNL's publishers, Spencer and Donald Nitchie, who continue to manage the only print

  • Major milestone for Banjo NewsLetter

    Banjo NewsLetter, published by the Nitchie family in Maryland since 1973, is now publishing online starting with the current April 2013 issue. They will continue to offer a print edition, mailed out just as it has been for 40 years,

  • That Evening Sun from Thom Moore

    That Evening Sun is a terrific album of delicate banjo music from Thom Moore, which escaped our attention when it was first released in December of last year. Thom had actually sent us a copy, but it never reached our

  • Marc Pruett in October BNL

    The cover of the October issue of Banjo NewsLetter features an elder statesman of the five string, and a brash young newcomer. Marc Pruett, currently working with Balsam Range, is the subject of a lengthy interview in this month's edition. It's