• Dale Ann Bradley in Akron, NY

    I have long believed that Facebook should be fun and useful. It turned out to be both last week. We were on a trip to eastern New York when my wife saw a post from Barry Crabtree that he would be

  • Barry Crabtree exits James King Band

    Banjoist Barry Crabtree has left The James King Band, with whom he had been touring since March of this year. James says that he has someone filling in this month, and will be trying out a number of possible replacements over

  • Barry Crabtree to James King

    Banjo picker Barry Crabtree is working now with the James King Band. After memorable stints with Larry Sparks and Wildfire, Barry took a few years away from playing music, though he did some shows with Harley Allen around Nashville, and filled

  • Larry Sparks Band reunion

    Larry Sparks has had a number of celebrated bands during his career, even recording recently with star-studded lineups. For many die-hard Sparks fans, however, the band that worked with Larry in the 1990s is considered to be one of his

  • Chris Thile at IBMA

    Surely a highlight of IBMA week for me so far was the showcase performance last night from Chris Thile & How To Grow A Band. (more photos here) Regular readers of Bluegrass Today will have noted that I have expressed great

  • Episode #41 – Barry Crabtree

    Episode #41 features an interview with banjo player Barry Crabtree of the band Wildfire. John sat down with Barry recently at the Roanoke Fiddle Fest. They talk about Wildfire, Barry's history in the music including his time with Larry Sparks,