• Big news from Grasstowne

    Not long ago we posted news that Justin Jenkins would be leaving Grasstowne to join up with American Drive, the newly-formed band built by the members of J.D. Crowe & the New South. Justin and Grasstowne bandleader Alan Bibey spoke with us

  • Steve Martin and Mark Johnson at IBMA

    Just before we kicked off the Red Carpet interviews last Thursday at World of Bluegrass, Steve Martin stopped by with Mark Johnson, the 2012 recipient of the Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass Music. This new annual prize

  • Darin and Brooke Aldridge at IBMA

    Bluegrass has a long history of artists taking on a sobriquet, a nickname, that helps identify them (or their status) both in and outside the bluegrass community. Bill Monroe was famously the Father of Bluegrass, and Jimmy Martin was variably the

  • Goodbye to Nashville

    I had a bittersweet moment Saturday morning, seeing Nashville in the rearview mirror. I don’t know when I’ll be back now that IBMA’s World of Bluegrass is heading to Raleigh, N.C., in 2013. But I’m looking forward to seeing what Raleigh

  • Notes and Nuggets from IBMA

    Get ready for some great, new music. While many of us will slow down a bit after IBMA’s World of Bluegrass and Fan Fest, some major bands are in the studio or will heading there shortly. Dailey and Vincent’s new one, due

  • Jim Lauderdale at IBMA

    We reported last week that Nashville singer/songwriter Jim Lauderdale had a new CD, Carolina Moonrise, which was released this past Tuesday. On Tuesday, Jim sat with us to talk about the record, and how he came to write with Grateful Dead

  • I Draw Slow at IBMA

    We had a lovely chat Friday afternoon with Dave and Louise Holden the singing sibling songwriters with Dublin-based I Draw Slow. They talked  about their new Pinecastle release, Redhills, and offered a glimpse into the reactions they get as a hybrid American/Irish music

  • Friday World of Bluegrass images

    Friday was a busy day at Fan Fest, with big names on stage and fans, pickers, and everything in between roaming the Nashville Convention Center from early morning 'till the crack of dawn. Woody Edwards was crawling the halls capturing images

  • Joe Newberry at IBMA

    More winners from Bluegrass Today! OK... that may be overstating the point, but David Morris did catch up Thursday afternoon with a number of eventual IBMA Award winners, just hours before the awards presentation that evening. Here is his discussion with Joe