• 9th annual IBMM Mandolin Camp in November

    The International Bluegrass Music Museum will continue to host its annual mandolin camp at IBMM headquarters in Owensboro, KY under the direction of Mike Compton. Some confusion has arisen owing to Mike moving his Bill Monroe mandolin camp to Nashville, which had

  • Lonesome and Then Some… Larry Sparks

    When did you first hear the music of Larry Sparks? That seems like a good question to ponder as we consider his latest album, Lonesome and Then Some... A Classic 50th Celebration. For me it was 40 years ago, sometime in 1974

  • Jesse McReynolds 85th Birthday Roast

    To celebrate Jesse McReynolds' 85th birthday earlier this month, family, friends and neighbors of the bluegrass mandolin legend got together at Jesse's home outside of Nashville for a birthday tribute in the form of a celebrity roast. Popular radio host Harv Mason served

  • Jesse McReynolds recuperating at home

    Mandolin icon Jesse McReynolds is resting at home after undergoing a minor cardiac procedure last Friday. His doctors sent him to St. Thomas Hospital in Nashville for an electrophysiological study to determine the cause of his recurring dizzy spells and accelerated heart rate.

  • Jesse McReynolds taking it easy

    Jesse McReynolds, mandolin pioneer and bluegrass songwriter par excellence, is at home and wearing a heart monitor after being diagnosed recently with an irregular heartbeat. He still maintains a touring schedule, after celebrating his 84th birthday in July. His doctors have

  • Grassers mourn The Possum

    Friday was a sad day in country music, as George Jones, among the most influential singers in the history of the music, passed away at 81 years of age. Perhaps excepting Hank Williams and Johnny Cash, no one was more

  • 40th Annual RockyGrass: Day 2

    This report from RockyGrass is a contribution from Jake Schepps and Christian Sedelmyer. Working backwards on Day 2 of the festival: the evening’s closer was a special set of music with a band specifically put together by Béla Fleck, in which he played a

  • First day at ROMP

    Our intrepid crew captured some great images from Thursday's activities at ROMP in Owensboro, KY. From the looks of things, the music wasn't the only thing there that was hot!

  • Carlton Haney – a bluegrass life

    Richard Thomspon has prepared this brief biography of Carlton Haney. Its publication has been delayed awaiting some of the personal tributes that are included, and a spot of poor health on Richard's part. Carlton L Haney, one of the most colorful,

  • Del McCoury on Jesse McReynolds

    Del McCoury has released the first in what are sure to be several infomercial spots leading up to DelFest, the four day music festival he hosts in Cumberland, MD over the Memorial Day weekend. He calls this series of webcasts (as