• Kaz Inaba remembers Ralph Stanley

    The tributes to Ralph Stanley this past week have been both numerous and poignant, demonstrating how deeply his music and his kindness have touched others over a 70 year career. One that we just received shows that it wasn't just in his

  • Ralph Stanley at MerleFest 2014

    We heard this morning from R. B. Powell,from Lewistown, PA, a banjo picker and promoter of scholarships for young musicians.   He shared this video he had shot of Ralph Stanley during MerleFest 2014 at the Creekside Stage as part of the

  • Wilson Banjo picks up Dale Perry

    The bluegrass festival season is just getting underway in earnest for 2016, and already the big news is the return of David Parmley to the circuit with his stellar band, Cardinal Tradition. Standing on stage with David on the five

  • XXX banjo celebrates Nechville anniversary

    Tom Nechville and his Nechville Musical Products company is celebrating 30 years of banjo building with a new limited production model they are dubbing XXX. Representing the Roman numerals for 30, the XXX is constructed with very high grade curly

  • Fire destroys Romero Banjos

    Sad news from British Columbia for fans of J. Romero Banjos and old time musicians Pharis and Jason Romero. Fire destroyed the instrument shop adjacent to their home in Horsefly, BC located in a remote rural area well away from emergency services.

  • Tyler Smith passes

    Surely there is no greater shock in life than the sudden, tragic loss of a young person. The bluegrass world lost one this past Memorial Day weekend when Tyler Smith, a young banjo picker from Knoxville, TN, died while on

  • Ray Hesson passes

    Ray Hesson, renowned banjoist from southern Maryland, died on Tuesday (May 24) after a long illness. He was 74 years of age. Born Raymond David Hesson on December 14, 1941, Ray was a fixture in the DC-area bluegrass scene since the