• Jayme Stone: Africa to Appalachia

    Following John's recent post concerning the upcoming release of Africa To Appalachia, the Los Angeles Times Music Blog conducted an interview with Jayme Stone recently. The interview was published last Thursday. The primary focus is an exploration of the connections between

  • Banjos at NAMM

    Tim Carter of The Carter Brothers sent along a couple of photos from the Summer NAMM show, being held in Nashville this weekend. NAMM (National Association of Music Merchandisers) holds two large trade shows each year, where manufacturers and distributors of

  • Love Guru with a banjo

    From time to time the banjo makes an appearance in a movie. Opening this Friday, June 20, 2008, The Love Guru, starring Mike Myers, is the latest movie to contain a scene with some bluegrass music and a banjo present. The

  • Alison Brown photo essay online

    The Rochester Democrat and Chronicle has put together a series of multimedia portraits of acts performing on the 2008 Rochester Jazz Festival. The act chosen as the highlight from Sunday's (6/15) performance was the Alison Brown Quartet. As many of our

  • New products from The Music Link

    The Music Link has announced two new products that will be of interest to banjo and guitar pickers. First up is an impact resistant, fiberglass case from Guardian Cases. They are available for both resonator banjo and dreadnaught guitar. The shell

  • Africa To Appalachia

    We've written several times about Canadian banjoist Jayme Stone and his musical journey of discovery in West Africa. He traveled to Mali in the Spring of 2007 to research the aspects of the banjo's historical roots as they are maintained

  • Sarah Jarosz signs with Sugar Hill

    Much of the bluegrass and acoustic music world has been buzzing this spring about Secrets, the debut CD from young phenom Sierra Hull - and rightly so. Just as folks in the business had been talking about Sierra for several

  • Colorado Case instrument straps

    If you play an instrument other than the upright bass or fiddle, you probably use a strap. If you play upright bass and use a strap, please send me a photo! My point was that instrument straps are a vital part

  • Crowe, Cushman joins NashCamp staff

    J. D. Crowe and Charlie Cushman join Sonny Osborne, Alan Munde, Ned Luberecki, Bill Evans and Frank Neat to round out the teaching staff for the 8th Annual NashCamp Banjo Retreat, October 17-19th at the Hachland Hills Vineyard in Joelton,

  • More luthiers on TV

    Last month we told you about a PodCast on UNC-TV that provided a glimpse of the work that goes into making a fiddle. Now we learn of another instance where television has highlighted the craftsmanship associated with the building of musical