• 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

  • Big day for Rural Rhythm

    Wow... lots of new releases to note for March 22. What is it about the end of March? Rural Rhythm Records has three projects that hit today. I'm sure that we will have more to say about each of them, but

  • Frank Solivan’s birthday bash

    Monday was Frank Solivan’s 34th birthday, but the crowd who spent it with him in a Rockville, MD, church hall got the present – two and a half hours of pickin’ and singin’ by an all-star lineup usually only seen

  • Bill Emerson on WFDU

    Banjo legend Bill Emerson is today's guest on Lonesome Pine RFD on WFDU. He will join host Carol Beaugard at 11:00 a.m. (EDT). Carol tells us that she will spend the 10:00 a.m. hour showcasing Bill's early recordings with The Country

  • Bill Emerson hospitalized

    We have learned that banjo legend Bill Emerson is being treated for pneumonia in a DC-area hospital. Doctors there expect to release him in the next few days, but not in time to make tomorrow's scheduled performance at the Denton

  • Video on inaugural DC Bluegrass Festival

    We had posted earlier this year about the first-ever DC Bluegrass Festival, which was held March 27 in McLean, VA. Much of our pre-event focus was on banjo legend Bill Emerson, and him being the recipient of the first Washington Monument

  • Bill Emerson and DC fest on WAMU

    As we've mentioned before, Bill Emerson is set to be honored this Saturday with the very first Washington Monument Award from the DC Bluegrass Union during their first bluegrass festival on March 27. The award will be given annually to DC-area

  • Bill Emerson to get Washington Monument Award

    The DC Bluegrass Union is a strong and growing organization dedicated to promoting bluegrass music in the Washington, DC area, which includes the heavily populated Northern Virginia and Southern Maryland regions. They are hosting their first festival on March 27

  • Making bluegrass history in DC

    New bluegrass fans may not realize the impact that the Washington, DC area had on the history of our music, especially if they live far from the nation's capitol. In the 1970s and '80s a very active bluegrass scene had sprung

  • Bill Emerson debuts Southern on WAMU

    Banjo legend Bill Emerson will be in the studio on Tuesday morning (1/12) at 9:00 a.m. (EST) with Katy Daley on WAMU's Bluegrass Country. He'll be on to celebrate the release of his 6th solo CD, Southern, on Rural Rhythm