• Gena Britt to Pinecastle Records

    When we wrote earlier about this week about Gena Britt taking her leave from Alan Bibey & Grasstowne, we wondered if there might be a little more to the story. And of course, there is. It is true that both Grasstowne

  • Gena Britt hobbles home from Asheville

    The 2016 edition of Bluegrass First Class was held this past weekend at the Crowne Plaza resort in Asheville, NC. Everyone seemed to have a fine time enjoying the music and the lovely surroundings, with the possible exception of one banjo

  • New look for Grasstowne

    Grasstowne will have a new look and sound for 2015. Mandolinist and bandleader Alan Bibey says that they will be going as a four piece, reuniting him with some of his old bluegrass buddies. Justin Jenkins will remain on banjo, with

  • Having a coffee with…… Gena Britt

    The pioneering banjo player from North Carolina Gena Britt is my companion in our local coffee shop today.  Britt fell in love with the sounds of bluegrass music at a very early age and began her career as an award-winning clogger.

  • Sister Sadie – new special project band

    Special project bands are sprouting all around bluegrass this year. The Masters of Bluegrass have been struttin' it old school with Bobby Osborne, Del McCoury, J.D. Crowe, Bobby Hicks and Jerry McCoury at festivals, and Sideline, featuring members of Mountain

  • Bein’ Country from Acoustic Blue

    Acoustic Blue has released a new recording, Bein' Country, their fifth album over a ten year history. The band consists of Shaun Batho on guitar, Corey Zink on mandolin, Lary Neu on banjo and Ray Evans on bass. Vocals are shared

  • Phil Leadbetter benefit in March

    Another benefit concert has been scheduled in Knoxville for Phil Leadbetter, who continues to undergo treatment for a very stubborn cancer that has been try resistant to common therapies. Phil has dedicated his life to bluegrass music, working in turn

  • Skip Cherryholmes Quintet debut at IBMA

    After a long Wednesday shuffling around the Nashville Convention Center, it came time for one of the most anticipated musical performances of the week. Amidst all the after-hour showcase madness which included everyone from Jett's Creek to Junior Sisk, and

  • Cherryholmes Brothers band

    B.J. and Skip Cherryholmes have announced the members of their new band, which will bill as Cherryholmes Brothers. Skip will be on guitar, and B.J. on mandolin and fiddle. Joining them will be Gena Britt Tew on banjo, Jamie Harper on

  • Gena Britt – Doing All I Can

    Gena Britt Tew is a real bluegrass trooper. Since hitting the scene with her own band in 2001 she's done time with Lou Reid & Carolina, appeared on all three projects from Daughters Of Bluegrass, won several awards from both

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