• Kipper and Jerry, together again

    Kipper Stitt and Jerry Butler are longtime friends, and bluegrass buddies. They worked together some years ago as members of Pine Mountain Railroad, a Knoxville-based band that found success in bluegrass after acquiring a sponsorship with Tennessee Pride sausage. The band eventually drifted

  • 2015 Roscoe Canady Memorial Bluegrass Festival

    Ernie and Debi Evans continue their whirlwind pace in the Florida bluegrass community. Thursday brought an open mic night to the Roscoe Canady Memorial Bluegrass Festival in Waldo, FL. The audience enjoyed listening to music provided by local bands and

  • Welcome Kaley Chapman

    Another bluegrass baby! Lee Chapman, bass player with Jerry Butler & the Blu-Jays, and his wife Shasta, are celebrating the birth of a daughter. Kaley Erin Chapman was born on December 10 at 3:26 p.m. in Mooresville, NC. She came in at 6 lbs,

  • Great Northern Indoor Bluegrass Music Festival

    This past weekend Terry and Jan Lease hosted the 19th edition of the Great Northern Indoor Bluegrass Music Festival. Friday brought Newtown, Larry Sparks, Special C, Kody Norris, and a relatively new band from Minnesota, Copper Creek. Saturday featured Donna Ulisse, The

  • Blu-J’s in the studio

    Jerry Butler & the Blu-J's were back in the studio over the weekend, getting started on an all-Gospel project slated for a late September release. Butler is on guitar and lead vocals, with Derek Vaden on banjo and finger-style guitar, Lee

  • Pickin’ On Cystic Fibrosis

    This post is a contribution from Amanda Webb, who will be a regular correspondent when Bluegrass Today goes live - soon, I promise! What do you get when you combine one man’s love for music, a desire to meet a need,

  • Charlie Cushman the newest Blu-J

    Jerry Butler & The Blu-J's had a big announcement last night. Nashville banjo monster Charlie Cushman has joined the band, and will begin touring with them right away. Cushman has been widely-regarded as a "banjo player's banjo player," even while his

  • More changes afoot…

    Well, here are a couple more band changes to announce at year's end. Mandolinist Bobby Clark is leaving the Williams & Clark Expedition to work with Jerry Butler & The Blu-J's. Clark has toiled in the bluegrass salt mines for for

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