• George Portz passes

    Illinois fiddler and bluegrass promoter George Portz passed away on January 9, 2023, from a heart attack, just two days after his last performance – at the Missouri Area Bluegrass Committee’s (MABC) Winter Festival, Eureka. He was 70 years old. Since

  • Lowdown Hoedown – Jason Carter

    Bluegrass is one of the few musical genres where sidemen receive recognition amongst its fanbase. From its earliest years, enthusiasts revered the playing of supporting musicians such as Paul Warren, Josh Graves, and George Shuffler among others. In modern times,

  • Vivian Williams passes

    Vivian Williams, fiddler, composer, recording artist, and writer, passed away on January 6, 2023 at the age of 84. She had been suffering with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), aka Lou Gehrig's disease, for a few years.   Vivian Tomlinson Williams was

  • The American Fiddler – Andy Leftwich

    Andy Leftwich needs no introduction for bluegrass lovers. For over fifteen years he served as a fiddler for Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder and has appeared on countless recordings with other artists as a session musician. The American Fiddler, Leftwich's third

  • The Bell Bottom Bluegrass of Bronwyn Keith-Hynes

    Bronwyn Keith-Hynes - photo by Kaitlyn Raitz I opened my report on the IBMA Bluegrass Music Awards in Raleigh last month with this vignette... Arriving with my wife, Arielle, at the 2022 International Bluegrass Music Association awards show at the Duke Energy

  • 2022 Wilder Days Fiddle Off winners

    Annually, the small town of Mansfield, Missouri is the setting of a commemoration to Laura Ingalls Wilder, best known for her book series, Little House on The Prairie. The books, and the television series they spawned, were based on her