• Stove Up – Danny Barnes

    When a Danny Barnes album shows up in the mail, you have no idea what to expect. His creativity and musical adventures have kept him from being pigeonholed into any specific genre or style. So as you open his new

  • CA Banjo Extravaganza this weekend

    Bill Evans' rolling banjothon series, The California Banjo Extravaganza, is pushing through northern CA this weekend with four more concerts and a workshop for banjo maniacs on the west coast. Each year Bill grabs two other top names in the banjo world,

  • Danny Barnes and The Steve Martin Prize

    Danny Barnes, the 2015 recipient of the Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass, is a man of many talents and varied interests. Not such a common thing in today's world of specialization. If you follow mainstream bluegrass music,

  • Danny Barnes receives 2015 Steve Martin Award

    The 2015 Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass has been awarded to Danny Barnes, eclectic clawhammer and three-finger picker from Texas. From his time with Bad Livers in the '90s, through stints with Tim O'Brien, Bill Frisell, Jeff Austin, and

  • Ryan Cavanaugh to Jeff Austin Band

    The Jeff Austin Band has announced that Ryan Cavanaugh has joined the group on banjo, taking the spot recently vacated by Danny Barnes. This has been Jeff's performing vehicle since he left Yonder Mountain String Band in 2013. Cavanaugh joins Austin on

  • Jeff Austin staying busy

    When we published a review of Yonder Mountain String Band's show in Charlottesville, VA recently, we noted that mandolinist Jeff Austin was absent, owing to the recent birth of a daughter, Penelope. So there was no surprise when we caught up

  • Jeff Austin talks Here and Now

    The summer is quickly coming to a close, but Jeff Austin still has time for one more  tour. After playing 18 shows with Yonder Mountain String Band, Austin will team up with guitarist Larry Keel, bassist Jenny Keel and banjo