• FestivalLink collection to benefit grassers

    FestivaLink, the online purveyor of live show downloads, has released a special package of sets from Merlefest 2010, with a portion of the sales proceeds going to benefit the Bluegrass Trust Fund. The fund is administered by the International Bluegrass Music

  • More bluegrass radio options today

    Here's a couple more good radio options to consider for today (7/21). At 11:00 a.m. (EDT) this morning, Donna Ulisse will be on Sirius-XM's Bluegrass Junction with Kyle Cantrell. She will be on the Track-By-Track program, playing through all the songs

  • Doc Watson bio published

    Blooming Twig Books has published Blind But Now I See, the first comprehensive biography of seminal flatpicking pioneer Doc Watson, written by Kent Gustafson. The book follows this acoustic music sensation from his time growing up blind in the rural south

  • Doc Watson Healthy & Home

    We have word that Doc Watson is home and recovering nicely from his recent surgery. In spite of a slight problem on the way home that caused a return to the hospital, Doc arrived at home last night and is healing

  • Doc Watson Health Update

    Bluegrass and folk music icon Doc Watson is undergoing micro-surgery today at Duke Hospital in Durham, NC. Doc is a beloved fixture of this music and his doctors feel his health is very good for his advanced age of 85.

  • Blue Ridge Music Hall of Fame

    Last Friday, June 13, the Blue Ridge Music Hall of Fame held a ceremony inducting its charter members. The ceremony took place at the Walker Center on the campus of Wilkes Community College, the home of Merlefest. The Hall of Fame

  • GrooveGrass 101 on iTunes

    Ten years ago a CD was released that was probably the very first mashup to feature bluegrass music (mashed with some groovy funk). The CD was GrooveGrass 101, produced by Scott Rouse. This week Warner Brothers released the CD on iTunes

  • Doc Watson profile in Washington Post

    Today's (1/27) edition of The Washington Post has a lengthy feature on flatpicking icon and folk music hero Doc Watson. The article by Post staffer Tim Warren in Greensboro, NC where he interviewed Doc before a concert with David Holt on

  • Doc meets Elvis

    Merlefest 2007 is over and the reports are that it was a spectacular festival. I've heard several people recount for me the highlights of this year's event. But my friend Scott Rouse, a Nashville based producer, had what must have