• Tony Trischka at Berklee

    Tony Trischka was last week's special Master Class presenter at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. As we reported this Spring, a major anonymous donor has made it possible for Berklee to bring in top professional banjoists each semester

  • Flecktones anyone?

    Béla Fleck & the Flecktones were musical guests on last night's (11/14) episode of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, performing in support of their new album, Rocket Science. additionally, Béla sat in with the show's band thoughout. During the program, they played Life

  • Old Brooklyn from Andy Statman

    Andy Statman has been something of an enigma to the bluegrass world for the past 40 years. Clearly a master mandolinist with a demonstrated facility in the bluegrass idiom, he was even as a teenager drawn to incorporating elements of

  • The Banjo Project documentary on PBS

    The Banjo Project documentary is to be aired November 4, as part of the PBS Arts from the Blue Ridge Mountains series. Give Me the Banjo, an 80-minute film narrated by Steve Martin, will be one episode in the new mini-series, Arts Fall Festival, scheduled for national

  • Don’t sing it, Noam

    Noam Pikelny's new banjo album, Beat The Devil and Carry A Rail, drops tomorrow (10/25), and we will run an interview with Noam at that time. But it turns out there's more to this project than meets the eye. Thanks to

  • Bela Fleck’s Concerto For Banjo

    Saturday, September 24 was a grand evening at the Nashville Symphony. Béla Fleck's Concerto for Banjo was the obvious centerpiece of the night, but the piece was bookended by two symphonic pieces, the first being Aaron Copland’s Appalachian Spring (with a transcendently serene outro). Next

  • Béla Fleck with the Nashville Symphony

    This interview with Béla Fleck was conducted by fellow banjoist Jake Schepps, who will review the Concerto based on Saturday's performance. Jake's latest CD, An Evening In The Village, also places the banjo in a classical setting, drawing on the

  • Telluride – day two

    Here is the second photo-report from Jason Lombard, on the ground at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival. So everyday at Telluride starts with a sprint from the front gate, to the front of the stage, to stake out your spot for the