• Q&A with Katy Daley – Missy Raines

    Last month, I was taken by a photo on Missy Raines' Facebook page showing her playing bass onstage at the Birchmere while John Duffey leaned in and chopped mandolin. They say a picture is worth a thousand words but a

  • Akira Otsuka talks John Duffey’s mandolins

    Akira Otsuka with John Duffey's F-12 - photo by Michael G. Stewart American bluegrass audiences became aware of Akira Otsuka during Bluegrass 45’s first U.S. tour in 1971. Bluegrass 45 will celebrate their 50th anniversary by playing the Red Hat Amphitheater

  • Bluegrass 45 renion tour in Japan

    Back in the early 1970s, a talented young Japanese band caused quite a sensation at festivals here in the US - and not simply for what was then the novelty of a foreign band playing bluegrass. Calling themselves Bluegrass 45,

  • A flood of old music from Rebel

    Rebel Records has been focusing of late on a slew of re-issues and compilations from their rich catalog of bluegrass music. This week, they have announced five more sure to warm the hearts of fans who remember the '70s and

  • Jimmy Bowen sounds off

    This post is a contribution from David Morris, one of our 2010 IBMA correspondents. See his profile here. A handful of participants in a tax seminar on the opening day of the World of Bluegrass conference in Nashville got an earful

  • Bluegrass A La Carte (9/14)

    John Duffey to be inducted into Bill Monroe Bluegrass Hall of Fame "The late, great John Duffey, who fronted the first important bluegrass crossover band, Seldom Scene, until his death in 1996, will become the 33rd member of the Bill Monroe

  • Rebel releases for 2009

    I caught up with Mark Freeman of Rebel Records recently, and he shared some information about their release schedule for 2009. We mentioned last week that they would have a new Lost and Found CD in March, and Mark tells us

  • SCENEchronized due August 14

    Great news for Seldom Scene fans... SCENEchronized, their first CD of new recordings since 2000, is expected from Sugar Hill Records on August 14. This new Scene project will contain 13 tracks, with songs from Paul Craft, Bob Dylan, Steve Earle, Merle

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