• Reno & Harrell ride again

    Don Reno and Bill Harrell had quite a run in the 1960s, with Harrell stepping in for Red Smily when Red retired in 1964. Red rejoined the group in '69, and stayed until his death in '72, while Don and

  • West Virginia Style coming back in June

    West Virginia banjo man, Darrell Sanders, recently announced plans to release an instrumental recording titled West Virginia Style. Originally recorded in 1983 and pressed in vinyl, the project was released on Webco Records, and has been out of print for

  • Two more from the Rebel Vault

    Rebel Records has two new digital reissues which were released last week. We have on many occasions tipped our cap to the Rebel folks for their ongoing efforts to digitize and re-release their rich back catalog of classic bluegrass, generally at

  • 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

  • Bill Harrell – A Look Back

    As reported earlier veteran singer/multi-instrumentalist Bill Harrell passed away on June 24 at his home in Davidsonville, Maryland. He had suffered a stroke on June 12 and was hospitalized for a week. His health was further complicated by advanced prostate

  • Bill Harrell remembered

    In addition to Richard Thompson's overview of Bill Harrell's long career in bluegrass, we spoke to a number of artists who had worked with Bill, and wanted to share their thoughts on his passing. First up is Ronnie Reno, who performed

  • Bill Harrell passes

    Larry Stephenson shared some sad news... I'm sorry to report that Bill Harrell passed away this afternoon at 4:10 p.m. at his home in Davidisonville, MD. Viewing with be Sunday evening (6/28) from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Chesapeake Christian Fellowship Church,

  • Bill Harrell suffers a stroke

    Larry Stephenson shared this unfortunate story about Bill Harrell, one of the pioneers of bluegrass music. His work with Don Reno & The Tennessee Cutups after the departure of Don's original partner Red Smiley resulted in some truly classic bluegrass