• Buddy Merriam Backroads Mandolin book

    One might say that becoming a bluegrass virtuoso was simply written in the stars for Buddy Merriam, a mandolinist originally from Hartford, Connecticut. Although he had played guitar since childhood, he became interested in the mandolin after seeing Frank Wakefield

  • I’m Going Back to Old Kentucky #7

    From October 1, 2010 through to the end of September 2011, we will, each day, celebrate the life of Bill Monroe by sharing information about him and those people who are associated with his life and music career. This information

  • Special C – Bluegrass In The Schools

    Fred Robbins has spent many years chronicling bluegrass music, as a photographer and audio recordist starting in the 1960s, and more recently as a videographer as well. He has had articles published in Bluegrass Unlimited and is an active member

  • More On Wednesday Night at IBMA

    I heartily second John's comment about being too busy to post showcase reviews in a timely manner. But even if this is late, these bands are still very worthy of mention. As it happens, each of the groups I watched

  • IBMA: Tuesday night

    Just a quick update to say there is a ton of great bluegrass music being played this year. I saw three bands last night, all excellent. First, John and I were able to catch a Mountain Heart show. The band performed

  • Buddy Merriam: Back Roads Mandolin

    Mandolin player Buddy Merriam has recently released a new solo CD containing 14 of his traditionally styled, original mandolin compositions. Buddy is a special jewel within the bluegrass firmament. Not only is he a traditionalist at heart, but also an innovator.