• Don Rigsby tribute to Ralph Stanley

    Don Rigsby is hard at work this winter, recording a tribute album to one of his chief musical heroes, Ralph Stanley. Rigsby tells us that it will be called Doctor's Orders, and be released on Rebel Records. He and Ralph picked

  • Two more Stanley reissues from Rebel

    Rebel Records has two new entries to announce in its ongoing commitment to digitizing their complete catalog of classic bluegrass and old time music. The label intends to shoot for two new digital releases each month, a real treat for

  • Charlie Sizemore remembers Jack Cooke

    Charlie Sizemore sent along this lovely tribute to Jack Cooke, who passed away earlier this week on December 1. They became acquainted during Charlie's tenure with Ralph Stanley & The Clinch Mountain Boys, where Jack held down the bass job

  • Rounder to reissue Stanley-Sizemore tracks

    Can't You Hear the Mountains Calling is the title Rounder Records has given to a reissued Ralph Stanley CD that has risen from humble beginnings. It was originally released as Sixteen Years on cassette tape in 1985 on Stanley's Rivertracks label,

  • Road Scholars on WDVX

    Friday's (4/25) edition of Blue Plate Special on WDVX promises a very special performance by The Road Scholars, a "one weekend only" band with some high octane vocal power. In addition to their live radio appearance, they will be performing

  • John Pennell remembers Wayne Fields

    John Pennell, bass player with The Charlie Sizemore Band, asked us to post this remembrance of his friend, Wayne Fields, who died on March 21. Wayne played banjo with Sizemore, and is featured on his recent CD, Good News, released in

  • Wayne Fields passes

    Wayne Fields, most recently the banjo player with The Charlie Sizemore Band, passed away from complications associated with cancer on March 21. The deminutive Fields was born in Hazard, Kentucky, and moved to the Lexington area at a young age. He

  • New York Times features Tom T. Hall

    In yesterday's edition of the New York Times, the music section had a story featuring Tom T. Hall. The story was focused on Mr. Hall's relationship to country radio stations and was appropriately headlined as... Who Needs Country Radio? Not Tom

  • Good News Reviewed

    Our UK correspondent, Richard F Thompson, shares this review of a CD he found to be especially worthy. Charlie Sizemore recently released Good News, his debut album for Rounder Records (0591) and the first of any kind for five years. For

  • Charlie Sizemore interview online

    Rounder Records has posted an interview with Charlie Sizemore on their web site. The occasion for the interview is his recent Rounder CD, Good News, but Charlie also talks about the influence of Ralph Stanley and The Stanley Brothers on