• Free Bluegrass Backing Tracks

    Banjo player Simon Mitchinson has launched a new web site offering free backing tracks for bluegrass musicians who need a resource for practicing their instruments. At present he has 72 jam favorites posted, mostly banjo and fiddle tunes, in a variety

  • Bryan Russell to Hammertowne

    Hammertowne has announced that Bryan Russell has joined the group to play bass and help with vocals. Russell is from eastern Kentucky and had spent the past few years working with Cumberland Gap Connection. David Carroll, who plays guitar and sings with

  • Brandon Bowles passes

    Brandon “BB” Bowles, a well-known face in the North Carolina/Virginia bluegrass scene, died Sunday, October 19, in a car accident in Davie County, North Carolina. Bowles, 32, of Rural Hall, NC, was returning home from a friend’s house about 1:00

  • Shelby Means departs Della Mae

    Shelby Means, who has been playing bass with Della Mae this past two and a half years, has announced this weekend that she will be leaving the group. She will accompany the Dellas on their upcoming State Department tour as

  • Kameron Keller to Junior Sisk

    Junior Sisk has announced that Kameron Keller has taken the job playing bass with Rambler's Choice. He had been working this past few years with Alan Bibey and Grasstowne. Kameron takes the spot vacated by Jason Tomlin who has left for

  • Artie Werner remembers Ron Murphy

    Artie Werner, bass player, band manager and booking agent, shared these words of remembrance for his friend, Ron Murphy, who passed away yesterday. Ron and his wife of 40 years, Lora formed The Muddy River Band in 1977, played a heavy

  • Ron Murphy passes

    Ron Murphy, whose rock-solid bass playing anchored the Cincinnati-area band Muddy River for many years, died this morning, one day short of his 67th birthday.Ron's kidneys failed in June and he was diagnosed with melanoma. Despite treatment, the cancer spread

  • More from Chris Thile & Edgar Meyer

    In 2008, Chris Thile and Edgar Meyer released a self-titled album of mandolin and bass duets they had co-written. It found a ready audience among lovers of modern string music, but was a bit baffling for Thile's fans from Nickel Creek,

  • John Marquess departs James King Band

    John Marquess, bass player with the James King Band this past two years, has announced that he needs some time off the road. "The past twenty months I've been lucky enough to travel and do something I never imagined I'd get