• Earl Scruggs Center opens in a deluge

    Over one thousand fans of the five-string gathered in Shelby, North Carolina on Saturday, January 11, to experience the grand opening of the Earl Scruggs Center. Despite pouring rain that moved several events that had been scheduled to take place

  • Earl Scruggs Center opens January 11

    As I write this, bluegrass followers, and banjo pickers in particular, are acknowledging what would have been Earl Scruggs’ 90th birthday (January 6th). So, it seems fitting that the grand opening of the Earl Scruggs Center: Music & Stories from the

  • Bluegrass Hootenanny remembered

    Much of Nashville, and all of country music, was absorbed yesterday with the memorial service for George Jones held at the Grand Ole Opry house. Friends and loyal fans turned out to remember this musical giant, who passed away on

  • Life without Earl

    This tribute to Earl Scruggs on the anniversary of his passing is a contribution from Jim Mills, a life-long student of Scruggs-style banjo, and a serious collector of the sort of pre war Gibson banjos that Earl played. Jim also

  • Albums of The Year? – 2012 Edition

    Billboard has released their year-end list of the top albums in bluegrass music. As always for the magazine's charts, these are strictly based on sales as measured by SoundScan, and dependent on both Billboard and SoundScan's definition of "bluegrass." Here is their 2012 list: 15. Bright Morning

  • Punch Brothers – your roots are showing

    Punch Brothers are one of those acts that help define the dividing line between what is and isn't bluegrass music. Folks who embrace the oft-denigrated "big tent" philosophy see them as a direct antecedent to what Bill Monroe started nearly

  • Earl Scruggs tribute at IBMA

    Our friends at Music City Roots have posted a video from the first part of the Earl Scruggs tribute during last night's IBMA Awards show. Steve Martin introduced the segment, which served as the show's finale, complete with dozens of top