• Epilogue: A Tribute to John Duffey

    It’s early to start thinking about the 2019 IBMA awards, given that the finalists for this year haven’t been selected yet. But I already have a frontrunner for next year’s recorded event of the year, the award that goes to a

  • Epilogue: Tribute to John Duffey

    Well over 20 years after John Duffey’s passing in December 1996 he continues to be revered. And thanks to Sugar Hill Records (in 2000) with Always in Style: A Classic Collection and Rebel Records (in 2011) with Rebel Years: 1962-1977

  • 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

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