• Meet Dr. Rodney Dillard!

    On May 19, Rodney Dillard, the lone surviving original member of The Dillards, who introduced bluegrass music, Ozark style, to America on television in the 1960s as the Darling family on The Andy Griffith Show, was awarded an Honorary Doctorate

  • Old Road, New Again – The Dillards

    The influence of the Dillard brothers on the ever-evolving trajectory of modern bluegrass can never be underestimated. One of the prime ensembles that ushered in the merging of that traditional tapestry with a contemporary sound, championed by such '60s standbys

  • Dean Webb passes

    Bluegrass mandolin legend Dean Webb, of the Dillards (aka The Darling Family on The Andy Griffith Show) fame from Salem, Missouri, passed away on Saturday, June 30, 2018. He was aged 81.  Roy Dean Webb was born on March 28, 1937,

  • Avett Brothers and the Legendary Giveback

    Last Friday at Charlottesville, VA's nTelos Pavilion, two legends joined forces for a huge benefit concert billed as the Legendary Giveback. The show was sponsored by Cheerwine, a popular soft drink promoted as an alternative to the wide world of soda,

  • High on a Mountain – Compost Mountain Boys

    Many of today’s bluegrass bands have somewhat unusual names. Previous Bluegrass Today columns by Chris Jones have even discussed this phenomenon, suggesting that bands sometime simply open the refrigerator to find inspiration for their band name. However, other bands use