• 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

  • 2018 Scott Street Five String Finals winners

    Jim Hurst (judge), Henry Coatney, Caleb Coatney, Austin Hefflefinger, Claire Childress, Steve Lewis (accompanist), Taylor Parks, Victor Furtado (judge), Jacob Moretz - photo by Dave Parrish Photography This past weekend during the Richmond Folk Festival, the winners in the Scott Street Five String

  • Grandpa Banjo, aka John McEuen at IHOP

    After a horrible thunderstorm at G-Fest 2017 in Muskogee, Oklahoma, fiddler Kyle Dillingham, Monica Taylor of the Cherokee Maidens, and Steve Short from Byron Berline’s band and I headed to the International House of Pancakes for breakfast and coffee. Kyle

  • ClawJammer picks go both ways on banjo

    Another trend we noticed at the World of Bluegrass, especially with IBMA expanding the boundaries of what they promote as bluegrass, is banjo players who feature both finger style and clawhammer picking in the same set. There were a number

  • The Banjo Columns from Leon Hunt

    British banjoist Leon Hunt has compiled his columns about the five string written for Acoustic Magazine into a large-format paperback book, with the efficient and highly descriptive title, The Banjo Columns. Acoustic Magazine is published in the UK for all all