• Country Side of Bluegrass from Janie Fricke

    Recent news of a release by Janie Fricke, titled Country Side of Bluegrass, intrigued me, as one of those who remember her star status as one of the premier female vocalists in country music in the early 1980's. Getting started doing vocals for national advertising

  • Free download from Jim Lauderdale

    Today (6/21) is the official release date for Reason And Rhyme, the latest CD from Nashville maverick Jim Lauderdale. It's his third all-bluegrass release, and also his third writing with Robert Hunter, bluegrass collaborator with Jerry Garcia in the pre-Dead

  • Jim Lauderdale – Reason And Rhyme

    Jim Lauderdale is back with more of his Tex-Mex flavored, Buck Owens-inflected bluegrass on a new Sugar Hill CD, Reason And Rhyme, due June 21. Again he is paired with songwriting partner Robert Hunter and co-producer Randy Kohrs, who also adds

  • Live chat with Jim Lauderdale

    If you're an established songwriter or an aspiring one, here's an event you'll want to take notice of. Jim Lauderdale will be participating in a live chat on Facebook, on Tuesday, February 1, at 7 PM EST. The chat will

  • The Boxcars on Tennessee Shines

    We've posted a few times about The Boxcars, the new supergroup formed late in 2009 by Adam Steffey, Ron Stewart, Harold Nixon, John Bowman and Keith Garrett. To date, they have only played a few shows together and are working on

  • Bluegrass at the Grammies

    Nominations were announced yesterday (12/2) for the 52nd annual Grammy Awards. Omitted from the breathless news coverage of all the shiny pop stars was the real news that matters to readers of Bluegrass Today. Nominees for Best Bluegrass Album (Vocal or Instrumental): Could

  • Tennessee Shines on WDVX

    Tennessee Shines is a new live music radio show which debuts tonight (8/27) on WDVX, broadcasting at 89.9 FM in Knoxville, TN and via live audio streaming at wdvx.xom. The two hour show will be hosted by Jim Lauderdale and

  • Jim Lauderdale in studio

    Grammy winning singer/songwriter, Jim Lauderdale is currently in the studio finishing up the vocals on a new bluegrass recording. I'm told the recording is shaping up even stronger than his last outing, The Bluegrass Diaries. Lauderdale's approach to songwriting and recording

  • Jim Lauderdale and Randy Kohrs back in the studio

    After winning a Grammy this year for The Bluegrass Diaries, Jim Lauderdale has once again tapped the multi-talented Randy Kohrs to produce his next bluegrass effort. Lauderdale is currently touring in support of his newest CD Honey Songs (a more-or-less country

  • And the Bluegrass Grammy goes to…

    The 2008 Grammy Award for Best Bluegrass Album goes to Jim Lauderdale for The Bluegrass Diaries. Jim introduced his producer, Randy Kohrs, as he was accepting the award, and recognized all the pickers on the album by name. He also referenced each