• John Reischman & the Jaybirds mini-doc

    John Reischman & the Jaybirds have put together a brief, 4 and a half minute documentary about the band. They talk about each other, the music they play and record, and working together as a band. The Jaybirds are spread across

  • Photos from California Banjo Extravaganza

    Bill Evans has shared some photos from his recent California Banjo Extravaganza. For the second year in a row, he brought a pair of prominent banjo pickers out west for a weekend of shows and workshops in northern California. This year it was

  • Walk Along John from John Reischman

    West coast mandolin master John Reischman has a new album of instrumental music, which he calls Walk Along John. Like his varied career, the album's 14 named tracks (with one secret) feature the stylistic mix his many admirers have come to

  • Stop Press – Good Ol’ Persons reunion

    Good Ol' Persons are staging a reunion tonight, Wednesday April 3, at the Freight & Salvage, Berkeley, CA. The line-up for this reunion is Kathy Kallick (guitar), John Reischman (mandolin), Sally Van Meter (resophonic guitar), and Trisha Gagnon (bass). The quartet

  • On the Brooklyn Road – Nell Robinson

    After singing for twenty plus years almost exclusively within her car, Nell Robinson has set off on a new musical journey and solidified her place within roots music circles with her latest album. She includes many styles (ranging in scope

  • Separated at birth – part 2

    Last month, we published a post called Separated at birth? which highlighted the similarities between a number of bluegrass stars and other celebrities. We received a number of suggestions from you, our readers, for other bluegrass/celebrity look-a-likes. We've finally tracked

  • Olympic spirit – Chinese bluegrass

    With so much of the world focused this week on the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in Beijing, it seems fitting that a video of Chinese bluegrass has been posted on YouTube. Here is Mei Han's Red Chamber picking a solid version

  • Stone, Reischman grab Juno nominations

    Banjoist Jayme Stone and mandolinist John Reischman each received a JUNO nomination from The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences last week. The awards, which celebrate the work of Canadian musical artists, will be announced at the 37th annual