• Billy Strings and the Van Andel Scramble

    Hulk Hogan, aka Billy Strings, at the Van Andel Scramble (11/1/23) - photo © Bryan Bolea Last night in Grand Rapids, MI, Billy Strings threw a Halloween party for himself and about 12,000 of his closest friends at the Van Andel

  • Cirrus Guitars launches in Michigan

    Veteran acoustic guitar builder Mike Franks, of M.J. Franks Guitars, and his former apprentice, Tobin McGlassion of McGlassion Guitars, have joined forces to launch Cirrus Guitars, dedicated to building professional grade steel string guitars at a more affordable price point. They

  • Frank Harlow passes

    Frank Harlow, noted builder of Harlow Resonator Guitars, died yesterday at his home in Vandalia, OH. He was 83 years of age. Born in Bristol, VA, Frank worked as a truck driver for General Motors, and retired from that position to

  • D’Addario adds leather auto lock straps

    D'Addario has introduced a new guitar strap that may be of interest to bluegrass pickers. It's a soft leather strap with their Auto Lock system built in, available in either 2.5'' or 3'' widths. The Auto Lock system is spring loaded,

  • Touchstone Country Boy models from Bourgeois Guitars

    Bourgeois Guitars has introduced two new models as part of their continuing collaboration with the Eastman Music Company and their manufacturing facilities in Bazhou, China. This partnership allows the company to offer hand-crafted, solid wood guitars, designed by Dana Bourgeois,

  • Marc Roy passes

    Popular Ontario bluegrass artist Marc Roy has died. He passed quite suddenly on July 25 at 39 years of age. No cause of death has been shared by his family. Marc's participation in noted groups like Hard Ryde and Backcountry, plus