• Blue Mafia takes a breather

    Blue Mafia is pulling off the bluegrass highway for at least the rest of 2018, while guitarist and founder Tony Wray enjoys his ride with Tyminski and fiddler Kent Todd takes on a full-time job and focuses on his family. The

  • Tony Wray to Tyminski Band

    Tony Wray has been announced as the utility acoustic sideman for the Tyminski band, fronted by bluegrass and AKUS hero Dan Tyminski. Tyminski has recently released an album of gritty alt country with a mountain flavor called Southern Gothic. Wray will be

  • Hanging Tree – Blue Mafia

    A few months ago, I was fortunate enough to catch the last few songs of a Blue Mafia show at the Down Home in Johnson City, TN. Though I’d heard the band on the radio plenty of times (their 2015

  • Curtis Bumgarner to Blue Mafia

    Blue Mafia has announced the departure of banjo player, Calib Smith, and the addition of new five slinger, Curtis Bumgarner, to the band. Bluegrass fans will recall seeing Curtis with Adkins & Loudermilk over the past few years, and more recently working

  • Weekend photos from Marshall Bluegrass Festival

    Friday at the Marshall Bluegrass Festival opened with a newly formed band, The Local Mash, created by Tony Zapolnik and his fiancé, Jennifer Strickland. Jennifer is a well-known bassist/singer/songwriter in the bluegrass world. They are joined by Michiganders Danielle Smith

  • Tippecanoe & Bluegrass Too debuts in Indiana

    A brand new bluegrass festival debuted this past Saturday, July 2nd, at Exploration Acres in Lafayette, IN. Tippecanoe & Bluegrass Too held it's very first event on the grounds of Exploration Acres, a corn maze and u-pick pumpkin patch that operates

  • More photos from Norwalk 2016

    The Friday stage show at the Norwalk Music Festival was kicked off by a local band, Vertical Limit, playing strong, traditional bluegrass. They were followed by Columbus, Ohio’s Out of Mind Bluegrass Band. Co-promoter Kurt Hickman brought his band, Harbourtown to

  • Calib Smith to Blue Mafia

    Blue Mafia has announced today that Cody Looper, who had spent the past five years on banjo with the band, is leaving the group to pursue another musical opportunity. Coming on board in January to play the five will be Indiana native