• Banjo Babes Calendar #4

    They're back - for the fourth year in a row. That's right, the Banjo Babes Calendar for 2017 is now available, featuring both a full-sized calendar with high quality art photos of female banjo pickers, plus an audio CD with songs

  • Nechville joins in Gatlinburg relief efforts

    Nechville Musical Products is the latest bluegrass-oriented company to lend a hand to the relief efforts following the east Tennessee wildfires last month. The banjo builders were especially struck by the total destruction to the home and business of Pigeon Forge

  • Noam Pikelny solo project in March

    Rounder Records has announced a March 2017 release for Universal Favorite, their first recording for Noam Pikelny. Noam's last project, Noam Pikelny Plays Kenny Baker Plays Bill Monroe, brought him a handful of awards from the International Bluegrass Music Association in 2014.

  • Rex McGee – Banjo Playing Enigma

    Bud Bennett, archivist at Radford University in Virginia, has released another set of his interview videos with top banjo players.  Over recent months he has recorded lengthy, detailed conversations with banjo masters like Butch Robins, Sammy Shelor, Jens Kruger, and John

  • Leiper’s Fork Christmas from Ron Block

    Ron Block has a new album, Leiper's Fork Christmas, just now released in time for December. For the second year in a row, the noted multi-instrumentalist of Alison Krauss & Union Station fame has recorded a set of instrumental music with his

  • Aaron McDaris does The Voice

    Given our relative obscurity in the mainstream world of pop music, it's always something of a sensation when one of our bluegrass celebrities is asked to appear on television. Tonight it's the banjo players' turn to shine, as Aaron McDaris, banjo

  • Al Batten passes

    Alton Tharse Batten, known widely as Al, passed away on Sunday, November 20. He was 68 years of age. Al was born and raised in Selma, NC where he lived his entire life. He led the popular bluegrass group, Al Batten &

  • Jim Greer remembered 

    Ohio banjo player Jim Greer passed away on Tuesday, September 13, 2016, at Logan Acres Care Center, Bellefontaine, Ohio.  He was 74 years old and he had been battling cancer. James Marvin ‘Jim’ Greer was born in West Liberty, Logan County,

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