• Bill Emerson & Sweet Dixie live on WAMU

    Bill Emerson & Sweet Dixie will celebrate this month's release of their latest CD, Dancin' Annie, with a live radio broadcast tonight (3/21) on WAMU's Bluegrass Country. Emerson, of course, is a true legend in the banjo world, having performed as a

  • New single from Bill Emerson & Sweet Dixie

    Rural Rhythm has released a debut single from the upcoming Bill Emerson & Sweet Dixie album, due March 4. It's the title track, Dancin' Annie, written and sung by Sweet Dixie guitarist Chris Stifel. The new record contains 12 new tracks, including

  • Alvin Breeden remembered

    This remembrance of Alvin Breeden, who passed away earlier this week, is a contribution from Geoff Stelling. Alvin played a Stelling banjo, and the two of them became friends Geoff moved his company to central Virginia in the early 1980s.

  • The Touch of Time

    With his recent CD, The Touch of Time, Bill Emerson and his Sweet Dixie bandmates add to a legacy he began over a half-century ago as a founding member of the Country Gentlemen. This new release from Rural Rhythm Records

  • Sweet Dixie and InMotion

    In my own small brush with posterity, I once exchanged emails with Craig Newmark of Craig’s List back in 1997. I had run an ad on the San Francisco-based bulletin board system that read, “Free beer and Bluegrass in Fairfax this

  • Wally Hughes to Sweet Dixie

    Bill Emerson & Sweet Dixie have a couple of news bits for this afternoon. First off, they are celebrating the official release of their latest CD, The Touch Of Time, on Rural Rhythm. It is now available wherever you might purchase

  • Sweet Dixie video hits

    Rural Rhythm has released a debut music video from The Touch of Time, the upcoming CD by Bill Emerson & Sweet Dixie, due January 31 on Rural Rhythm. It's a clever performance video with animation added for the song My Baby

  • July is Virginia Bluegrass Festival Month

    Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell has issued a proclamation declaring July 2011 as Virginia Bluegrass Festival Month. It, and six others recognizing Virginia natives who have profoundly affected the development of bluegrass music, will be read from the stage during the Oak

  • 10 digital reissues from Pinecastle

    The resurrected Pinecastle Records has announced a digital re-release of ten classic albums originally found on the Webco label. Pinecastle had acquired Webco back in 1993, and these reissues involve both then-existing catalog items and subsequent anthologies. These include albums