• Fire On The Mountain Bluegrass Jam on Friday

    Jack Hatfield, one of the bluegrass pickers in east Tennessee who was burned out during the recent wildfires in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, has organized a benefit show for this Friday night, December 23. The Fire On The Mountain Bluegrass

  • Pigeon Forge fire takes Hatfield Music

    Folks in east Tennessee have been watching closely this past few days as wildfires crept ever closer to Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, both major tourist destinations south of Knoxville. Last night, both cities were evacuated by local authorities as the

  • SPBGMA 2016 on the horizon

    We're well into the new year, and it's plenty cold outside, which means that the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America convention in Nashville is right around the corner. Set for February 4-7 in the Sheraton Music City hotel, the

  • A new take on Dueling Banjos

    Anyone who's played even a little bit of banjo has heard repeated requests for Dueling Banjos - even when playing by themselves. The tune was initially recorded as Fuedin' Banjos, a duet between a tenor and 5 string banjo, by author Arthur

  • The Best of Jack Hatfield

    Just last week, Jack Hatfield shared some thoughts about the particular genius of Earl Scruggs from the perspective of one who has made teaching the banjo his life's work. Today we received a copy of Jack's latest book, an anthology from

  • Earl: Exceptional Efficiency, Extreme Elegance

    This commemoration of Earl Scruggs comes from Jack Hatfield, who has earned his living teaching Scruggs' music for almost 40 years. His Scruggs Corner columns for Banjo Newsletter are collectors items, as they contained start-to-finish transcriptions from Scruggs recordings, including