• Pete Kuykendall is Laid to Rest

    Pete Kuykendall, circa 1960 - photo courtesy of Bluegrass Unlimited Wednesday morning’s funeral for bluegrass icon Pete Kuykendall was a lot like the songs he wrote: Arranged with precision, filled with some memorable lines, short, and to the point. What wasn’t short

  • Pete Kuykendall passes

    We have just learned of the passing of Pete Kuykendall, surely among the most consequential figures in bluegrass music during the 20th century. According to his wife, Kitsy, Pete passed in his sleep last night at the nursing facility where

  • 2013 BRMHoF Inductees named

    The Blue Ridge Music Hall of Fame inductees for 2013 have been named. In seven categories, they are Lester Flatt (songwriter), Bluegrass Unlimited – Pete Kuykendall (Media and Scholar), Norman Blake (Sideman and Regional Musician), The Stoneman Family (Pioneer Artists),

  • Getting airplay for your music

    Yesterday afternoon at World of Bluegrass, WAMU's Bluegras Country Program Director Chris Teskey moderated a panel discussion with a number of bluegrass radio notables. Billed as State of the Industry: Bluegrass Radio & Charts, the primary focus of the session

  • Les McIntyre passes

    We have learned of the recent death of another prominent bluegrass personality, Les McIntyre, who passed away on April 28 from a massive heart attack. He was 69 years old. Les was a fixture at WAMU in Washington, DC where he

  • 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

  • Lee Michael Demsey celebrates 20 years in BU

    With the upcoming May 2010 issue of Bluegrass Unlimited, Lee Michael Demsey will celebrate 20 years compiling National Bluegrass Survey, the singles and album chart that has appeared in the magazine since 1990. The chart debuted in the May 1990 issue,

  • Lonesome River Band in BU

    Lonesome River Band is on the cover of the February 2010 issue of Bluegrass Unlimited, on newstands now. The cover feature - plus a sidebar on LRB guitarist/vocalist Brandon Rickman - was written by Chris Stuart, a regular BU contributor and