• Johnson and Lester shoot for Sarasota paper

    Recently the newsroom at the Sarasota Herald-Tribune welcomed guests Mark Johnson and Emory Lester, along with bassist Kene Hyatt, for an impromptu concert in their on-site video studio. The guys stopped by ahead of an October 23 concert in nearby Fogartyville and offered

  • Wayne Taylor & Appaloosa in the studio

    Wayne Taylor & Appaloosa are back in the studio this week, cutting tracks for a new band project, tentatively titled I'm Moving On. They are shooting for a July release on Raincoe Music. It will be their fourth. Nine of the

  • 1863 from Mark Johnson & Emory Lester

    The talented duo of Mark Johnson & Emory Lester have released a new project called 1863. It is their contribution to the commemoration of the music of Civil War era America during this, the sesquicentennial of the fierce fighting that occurred

  • Praise His Holy Name from Wayne Taylor

    I've long understood that a military career shows you how to get things done, but former Navy bandsman Wayne Taylor may be working on a new bluegrass record. Over the past 6-8 weeks, he has conceived an album project, written

  • Banjos (plural) on Letterman

    This past Monday night, Steve Martin appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman, along with Mark Johnson, winner of the 2012 Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass Music. Part of this annual award, which carries a

  • Wayne Taylor & Appaloosa in Europe

    Wayne Taylor & Appaloosa have recently returned from several weeks touring in Europe, with special guest Mike Scott on banjo in tow. Taylor sent along this quick recap of their time across the pond, along with a number of photos. We