• Southport Songwriting Festival debuts this weekend

    Award-winning songwriter Louisa Branscomb and her non-profit, Front Porch Productions, will host the first Southport Songwriter Festival this weekend in the coastal town of Southport, NC. But unlike many similar events, this one isn't centrally located, but spread across a number

  • Bloomin’ BBQ & Bluegrass 2014

    Sevier County is a unique spot in East Tennessee. The cities of Sevierville, Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg - each well under 10,000 in population - exist almost solely as tourist destinations. Think of a beach town without the beach -

  • Jeanette Williams passes the hat

    Singer-songwriter Jeanette Williams has launched a fund-raising appeal to help underwrite the cost of her upcoming EP. The award-winning singer is using Indiegogo and is trying to raise $5,320. In return, she’s offering rewards ranging from a thank-you email for $1

  • New Jeanette Williams single at SPBGMA

    Jeanette Williams has long been a favorite of the folks who attend the annual convention of the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America. She has thrice won their Female Vocalist of the Year award in the Traditional category,

  • On This Day #18 – Jeannette Williams

    On This Day …………… On August 28, 1965, Jeannette Williams, nee Finney, was born in Eden, North Carolina. The lead vocalist, bass player and award-winning songwriter began her singing career in 1989, when she joined a local country music band performing at

  • Bad Girls and Banjos

    Louisa Branscomb didn’t, as Stephen Foster might have put it, come from Alabama with a banjo on her knee. She couldn’t. Girls didn’t play banjo. “I heard that a million times when I was girl,” Louisa told me the other night.

  • From Song Circle to Carnegie Hall

    One of the best parts about IBMA’s World of Bluegrass conference is you never know who you’ll meet around the next corner, or who will show up playing in a throw-together band. Two years ago, I dropped by an after-hours showcase