• Crooked Still at Lotus World

    In keeping with Sam Bush's Keynote admonition about supporting new music from a younger generation of bluegrass and acoustic musicians, we offer this video clip of Crooked Still. It's of them at the Lotus World Music & Arts Festival in Bloomington,

  • Rising Sun Melodies – Ola Belle Reed

    The name Ola Belle Reed may not be terribly familiar to younger fans of bluegrass and old time music - unless they are inclined to peruse liner notes and songwriter credits on their favorite recordings. Many of her songs have

  • Crooked Still on Woodsongs

    We've written several times of late about Some Strange Country, the fine new CD from Crooked Still. There were a couple of videos, and a lengthy interview with banjoist Greg Liszt published here earlier this month. The band also appeared recently

  • Crooked Still – Some Strange Country

    Yesterday (5/18) marked the release of the fine new Crooked Still CD, Some Strange Country on Signature Sounds. Like their several previous projects, this one combines a modified string band format (banjo, fiddle, bass, cello) with wispy vocals on a

  • Crooked Still video from new CD

    I've been enjoying the new Crooked Still CD, Some Strange Country, since I found a copy in yesterday's mail. Like their previous 3 albums, this one is a start-to-finish masterpiece, with innovative arrangements of traditional folk music and the band's

  • Mountain Heart = torture?

    Regular readers of Bluegrass Today know that one of my favorite web sites is The Bluegrass Intelligencer, brainchild of Crooked Still banjo wizard Greg Liszt. Its theme is "fake" bluegrass and acoustic music news, and the site is plainly hilarious,

  • Bluegrass a plenty on Mountain Stage

    The Mountain Stage web page at the NPR Music site has links to a number of recently re-aired programs that should be of interest to readers of Bluegrass Today. These are encore presentations of earlier shows, but the music is still

  • Broken Blossoms

    When I started learning to play bluegrass music as a teenager in the mid-1970s, the bluegrass mecca was the Washington, DC area. Seldom Scene and The Country Gentlemen were headquartered there, both considered wildly progressive by the traditionalists of that

  • Crooked Still – Still Crooked

    I've found several occasions this past few years to offer high praise for Boston-based string band Crooked Still. Originally drawn to them by my interest in their high-profile instrumentalists, Greg Lizst on banjo and (then) cellist, Rushad Eggleston, I quickly