• Josh Williams saves the day

    Friday night at the Station Inn in Nashville, J. D. Crowe became ill and was unable to finish the show. According to New South guitarist Ricky Wasson, Crowe was recovering from a recent bout with pneumonia, and probably overexerted himself. Fortunately, consummate

  • Enter Freeman & Williams

    Freeman & Williams... that sounds like a new duet act, or maybe an ad agency, or legal firm. But it's actually a bluegrass/Americana trio with a new CD set to hit February 7 on Mountain Roads Recordings. The group consists of

  • Photos from Bluegrass at the Ryman

    Phil Bankester shared a couple of photos he took in Nashville at Thursday's Bluegrass Nights At The Ryman concert. The show featured Sam Bush and his crack band, with an opening performance from The Josh Williams Band. Phil tells us that Josh

  • Merlefest day 2

    Here's a day 2 report on Merlefest 2011 from Georgia Lowrance. She has promised us daily updates, with photos, from her position on the ground in Wilkesboro. The Creekside Stage is one of the smaller stages tucked away in a corner

  • Louisa Branscomb – I’ll Take Love

    Noted bluegrass/Americana songwriter Louisa Branscomb is set to release her 9th album on April 26 for Compass Records. I’ll Take Love combines Lousia's compositions with some of the finest vocalists in bluegrass (Dale Ann Bradley, Claire Lynch, Steve Gulley,

  • Josh Williams CD coming out on Rounder

    When Pinecastle Records went down this time last year, we mourned most particularly for its impact on Josh Williams' excellent CD Down Home, which virtually disappeared after the label folded. The record had been scheduled for release in February 2010, precisely

  • 35 years of Special C on video

    Back on October 23rd, Special Consensus celebrated their 35th year of performing bluegrass music from their home base of Chicago, IL. Through all these years, the only constant has been banjo picker Greg Cahill, who has managed the band since its

  • Tony Rice workshop in February 2011

    Tony Rice, that legendary recluse, has shared more of himself than perhaps he had in his entire career to date. His authorized biography, Still Inside, is a remarkably candid look at the life of this seminal stylist, and the personal,