• Degree program update from ETSU

    For almost thirty years, East Tennessee State University has been known for its efforts to promote and preserve traditional Appalachian music. Under the initial supervision of Jack Tottle, then Raymond McLain, and now current program director Daniel Boner, the original

  • Jens Kruger visits Berklee

    Swiss-born North Carolina banjo wizard Jens Kruger spent two days earlier this week at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, sharing his wisdom with the banjo students there. His visit was sponsored by the Berklee American Roots Music Program,

  • ETSU Pride Band for 2011-12

    The Bluegrass Pride Band, the elite performing group of the Bluegrass, Old Time & Country Music program at the East Tennessee State University, made their debut performance for the 2011-2012 academic year on Friday (8/26) in Kingsport, TN. The school offers

  • Wes Corbett to Berklee

    The Berklee College of Music in Boston has announced that Wes Corbett has been hired as a banjo instructor, joining David Hollender in that capacity at the school. Corbett will serve as an Associate Professor on a part time basis,

  • Bela Fleck to accept honorary degree from Bowdoin

    Bowdoin College in Brunswick, ME will award an honorary Doctor of Music degree to banjoist Béla Fleck on Saturday (5/28) during the school's 206th Commencement ceremonies. Béla will be on hand for tomorrow morning's graduation to accept his award, and will

  • ETSU bluegrass program video

    We've posted many times about the Bluegrass, Old Time and Country music program at East Tennessee State University, where serious students of the music can now obtain a Bachelor of Arts degree - in playing banjos and fiddles! The program is

  • Mandolin Mashup 2011 video

    Well... it looks like I was wrong last week about there being no archived copy of the 2011 Mandolin Mashup video from the Berklee College of Music. Berklee mandolin instructor John McGann organizes this show each Spring as a showcase for

  • Mandolin Mashup at Berklee – and online

    It's a bird... it's a plane... it's Mandolin Mashup 5! Tonight (May 4) at 8:15 p.m., Berklee College of Music mandolin instructor John McGann will host a concert at the Berklee Performance Center in Boston to celebrate the skill and artistry

  • Sierra Hull in 2011

    Sierra Hull has a number of major milestones coming up this year. On March 8, Daybreak, her sophomore CD from Rounder Records is set to hit, and she is currently at work in Tennessee on her first music video in

  • Bluegrass at Brandeis

    Often played in garages and fields, bluegrass is also found in the austere halls of academia. From the folk revival of the 1960's to today, bluegrass has enjoyed a special relationship with the college concert circuit. We've mentioned The Professors of