• 2016 winners at Walnut Valley Festival

    Winners were chosen over this past weekend at the 45th Annual Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield, KS. Over the years, their National Flat Pick Guitar Championship and their National Bluegrass Banjo Championship have come to be recognized as among the most prestigious

  • Rounder reissues classic Mark O’Connor albums

    In tandem with the release of Coming Home, their recent album for O'Connor Band, Rounder Records has reached back into the vault and issued digital re-releases of three Mark O'Connor albums from the 1970s. These were recorded and released as LPs while

  • 2016 Grand Masters winners

    The winners from this past weekend's Grand Master Fiddler Championship at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville, have been posted online. Held annually, the competition is an open format where fiddlers (and their accompanists) are eligible

  • Hoot Hester passes

    Hoot Hester, Kentucky fiddler and noted Nashville session player, has died today. He was 65 years of age and had been struggling with cancer. Born Hubert Duane Hester on August 13, 1951, Hoot had worked as a staff musician at the Grand Ole Opry,

  • Greg Moore to Hillbilly Gypsies

    West Virginia's Hillbilly Gypsies have announced the addition of Greg Moore to the band on fiddle. Founded by the husband-and-wife team of Trae and Jamie Lynn Buckner, the Gypsies have been working the bluegrass festival circuit in the southeastern US for

  • Carroll County Blues from The Western Flyers

    Wild Blue Yonder is the debut album from The Western Flyers, a new western swing outfit that features the sparkling fiddle of Katie Glassman, the 2016 Swing Fiddling champion at the National Oldtime Fiddler’s Contest in Weiser, ID. In addition to Katie's fiddle, this

  • Dan Kelly to Michael & Jennifer McLain

    Michael & Jennifer McLain have announced the addition of Dan Kelly on fiddle, resulting in a new name for their act. Touring now as the Michael & Jennifer McLain Band featuring Dan Kelly, the group performs regularly at Arrington Vineyards,

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