• Joe Carr passes

    Joe Carr, Texas bluegrass musician and educator, passed away yesterday (12/14) following a stroke. He was 63 years old. Joe had been dealing with the symptoms of multiple sclerosis for several years, which had limited his mobility but not his spirit and love

  • New books from Mel Bay

    A big package arrived recently from Mel Bay Publications, chock full of new instructional books that may hold some interest for pickers who read Bluegrass Today. Some are aimed at new players, or those with modest skills, while others will

  • Mandolin For Seniors

    Mel Bay has published a new mandolin book, written by Joe Carr. Entitled Mandolin For Seniors, it is a beginner's manual especially geared for older learners. Larger fonts are used with an nod towards eyes that are "formerly young," and the

  • Open call for illiterate mandolinists

    Joe Carr, Associate Professor of Music at South Plains College in Levelland, TX, is looking for a few mandolin players who don't read music - but would like to. He is working on a brief book on this topic, How to

  • Joe Carr – School of Mandolin

    Mel Bay Publications has just released the first book in a new series called "School Of." This particular book is the School of Mandolin: Basic Chords and Soloing. Taught by veteran educator Joe Carr, the book presents 16 tunes (some with

  • Joe Carr, South Plains College

    Over the next few months, while college choices for rising high school seniors are forefront in the minds of many students and parents, we will present a series of interviews on Bluegrass Today with administrators/faculty members at colleges and universities