• Cold Icy Mountain from Matt Kinman

    Old time artist Matt Kinman has released this homespun video of him performing Cold Icy Mountain, one of the songs included on his upcoming album with Moses Nelligan, Travelin' Songs. Kinman is a lifelong musician, though he had spent much of

  • Danny Barnes and The Steve Martin Prize

    Danny Barnes, the 2015 recipient of the Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass, is a man of many talents and varied interests. Not such a common thing in today's world of specialization. If you follow mainstream bluegrass music,

  • Video teaser from Ron Block

    Ron Block is preparing a September 25 release for his first bluegrass banjo instrumental album, Hogan's House Of Music. It will include a mix of his own new tunes, and some bluegrass and old time classics. The title comes from the

  • Danny Barnes receives 2015 Steve Martin Award

    The 2015 Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass has been awarded to Danny Barnes, eclectic clawhammer and three-finger picker from Texas. From his time with Bad Livers in the '90s, through stints with Tim O'Brien, Bill Frisell, Jeff Austin, and

  • Announcing the Scott Street Banjo Finals

    Young banjo players in Virginia are invited to submit entries for the inaugural edition of The Scott Street Five String Finals, a competition created in honor of the late Scott Street, a distinguished Virginia attorney and banjo loyalist who died

  • Banjostand coming back to World of Bluegrass

    One of the most talked-about aspects of the 2014 World of Bluegrass week in Raleigh was the temporary art exhibit, Banjostand, designed by Bland Hoke. It was constructed on site surrounding the iconic statue of Sir Walter Raleigh by Bruno Lucchesi. We

  • Jason Burleson model banjo from Prucha

    Jaroslav Prucha has introduced a new artist signature model to his line of professional grade bluegrass instruments, made in the Czech Republic. This one is for banjo player Jason Burleson of Blue Highway, and has his signature engraved in an inlay block at

  • John Hickman update

    Last week we caught up with Joe Burkett of Neighborhood Solutions in Guthrie, OK. He gave us an update on the work his organization is doing on the home of banjo legend John Hickman, whose illness had rendered him incapable of performing