• Bluegrass added to MelonFest

    MelonFest, a Kentucky festival dedicated to the music of neo-acid rock group Blind Melon, is incorporating Kentucky bluegrass into its 2015 offerings. Held on a 500-acre property called Hillbilly Woodstock, rock fans will enjoy performances from some of the top

  • J.D. Crowe capo from Elliott

    Hot on the heels of his Tony Rice signature guitar capo, Phill Elliott has introduced a signature banjo capo for J.D. Crowe. This is a stainless steel device of the highest quality and is available in a number of top bar

  • What a difference two decades make!

    Phil Leadbetter sent along a pair of photographs of J.D. Crowe & The New South, taken twenty years apart. The first is a band promotional photo taken in 1995 when he was in the group with Crowe, Richard Bennett, Don Rigsby, and

  • Jim Mills introduces the Clanger

    In this video, top picker and prewar banjo enthusiast Jim Mills proudly introduces his latest find, a Gibson Mastertone PB-3 conversion from 1929-30. After giving a brief overview of the banjo's history (almost without taking a breath), Jim goes on to play

  • Flashback reunion band booking for 2015

    Don Rigsby and Josh Williams aren't the only ones with a J.D. Crowe Tribute Band taking shows for next year. The actual band from the Flashback album era, with the actual J.D. Crowe, will be doing a limited number of appearances

  • J.D. Crowe Tribute Band in KY

    Although I was able to see most of the 1990s and 2000s versions of J.D. Crowe & the New South, I never got the chance to attend a performance by what many people consider the classic lineups of the New

  • The Old Friends Are Back!

    One of my favorite releases of the past several years has been Old Friends Get Together from J.D. Crowe, Doyle Lawson, and Paul Williams. The successful album served as a de facto tribute to the Gospel music of Jimmy Martin, as all

  • The Boxcars with J.D. Crowe

    Here's a bluegrass match made in heaven, for those of you unable to attended the first annual Five String Fest in North Carolina earlier this month. J.D. Crowe sat in with The Boxcars, and the folks at Mountain Home Music captured

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