• Calton and Hoffee Cases to merge

    The two top manufacturers of high quality musical instrument flight cases, Calton and Hoffee, have announced plans for a merger. Calton, whose molded fiberglass cases are made in Austin, TX, and Hoffee, who make their carbon fiber cases near Chicago,

  • Bradly Parsons to Chosen Road

    Hard working bluegrass gospel group Chosen Road has announced a change in personnel. Josh Hicks, their banjo player for the past three years, is leaving the band to travel with his wife to South Korea to serve as missionaries. Guitarist and band

  • Knee Deep in Bluegrass drops for Ashby Frank

    Knee Deep in Bluegrass is a Terry Baucom banjo instrumental through and through, complete with the punchy pull-offs, perfect timing, and powerful tone that are so undeniably the Duke of Drive's.  Ashby Frank re-cut the Bauc original with his own jamming

  • New faces this year in Backline

    Two new members have come onboard for Backline, the contemporary bluegrass group from South Carolina based around the singing and songwriting of Katelyn Ingardia. Katelyn tells us that they had a couple of players leave over the winter. "Jacob Connor, our mandolinist,

  • Gabriel Ramírez passes

    This remembrance of Catalan banjo player Gabriel Ramírez is a contribution from his student and friend, Lluis Gomez, now the premiere banjo player in northeastern Spain. Noted Spanish banjoist Gabriel Ramírez, also known as Gabi or Gabe, has died following a

  • Russ Carson in the pink after hand surgery

    No... that's not a stigmata on Russ Carson's right hand. The crackerjack banjo picker with Ricky Skaggs is just off a full month of banjo rest following carpal tunnel surgery. This inflammatory disorder has afflicted a number of banjo players. It