• Billy Wheeler passes

    Billy Wheeler, a very active banjo player in northern Virginia since the 1970s, died at his home on December 20. He was 62 years of age. Born Jospeh William Wheeler III, Billy seemed able to play most any stringed instrument he

  • Holiday Toast from Butch Robins

    Banjo maestro Butch Robins has recreated as a single, a song he wrote a couple of years back, and re-released it this year as a Christmas treat. It's one called Holiday Toast, which combines an old fashioned wish for the

  • Oh Susanna video from Lluis Gomez

    No matter where you may live, if you play music in public, there are songs you can't avoid. It doesn't matter if you busk on the street, play in restaurants and taverns, or perform in large concert halls. Someone will

  • Roy Clark passes

    The bluegrass and banjo playing world has lost a great champion today, as we note the passing of singer and multi-instrumentalist, Roy Clark. The smiling face of the banjo for so many Americans as a host on Hee-Haw for nearly

  • Free monthly online jam with JamAlong.org

    Those of us bluegrass veterans who have been playing since the 1960s or '70s are given to occasional wonder at the many innovations that have occurred in instructional technology since we learned to play bluegrass. While a few may grouse

  • Greg Allen Signature fingerpicks

    Greg Allen has bluegrass music in his veins. As a young man he played banjo behind his famous father, Red Allen, and later with his brothers, Ronnie, Neal, and Harley, as The Allen Brothers. The boys were at the forefront of