• 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

  • Enter Freeman & Williams

    Freeman & Williams... that sounds like a new duet act, or maybe an ad agency, or legal firm. But it's actually a bluegrass/Americana trio with a new CD set to hit February 7 on Mountain Roads Recordings. The group consists of

  • Johnny and Jeanette back together

    Among the many friends who stopped by the Bluegrass Today booth during last week's World of Bluegrass and Fan Fest in Nashville were Johnny and Jeanette Williams. This husband-and-wife team have been picking and singing for many years, sometimes together and other

  • Bluegrass radio – Friday 10/24

    There are two special bluegrass radio shows on Friday morning (10/24) that will be streamed live online. Unfortunately, their air times coincide, so you'll have to choose your own best option. First up at 10:15 a.m., Jeanette Williams will join Carol

  • Last Day of Galax

    Johnny Williams released his most recent CD, Last Day of Galax, in August but we didn't get a copy until this week. It clearly shows why Johnny has earned his reputation as among the most expressive singers of traditional bluegrass

  • New Jeanette Williams release

    Thank You For Caring, the new CD from singer/songwriter Jeanette Williams, will be released tomorrow (9/9) on Blue Circle Records, the independent label run by Tom T. and Dixie Hall. Among the 14 tracks are songs which Jeanette has written, along

  • Jeanette Williams: Thank You For Caring

    Here's another Blue Circle Records release worthy of mention. Jeanette Williams will soon release her brand new CD, Thank You For Caring. The CD contains 14 tracks written by some of bluegrass music's best songwriters, including Brandon Rickman (Lonesome River Band),