• Keith Arneson’s final gig

    Twenty-four years after Keith Arneson and his banjo walked out of boot camp, he played his final gig in uniform Friday night with the U.S. Navy band, Country Current. It was a bittersweet moment for Arneson, and for a few dozen

  • Banjo spot opens up in Country Current

    US Navy Band Country Current is on the hunt for a new banjo player, with Senior Chief Keith Arneson set to retire next spring. Country Current is the Navy's only band dedicated to bluegrass and country music, and they demand high levels

  • Wayne Taylor & Appaloosa in the studio

    Wayne Taylor & Appaloosa are back in the studio this week, cutting tracks for a new band project, tentatively titled I'm Moving On. They are shooting for a July release on Raincoe Music. It will be their fourth. Nine of the

  • Kip Martin feted Sunday afternoon

    Kip Martin's friends filled a church sanctuary Sunday in Crofton, MD, opening their hearts and wallets for the ailing bass player. The former Sunny Mountain Boy was hundreds of miles away, surrounded by family in a hospice setting near Nashville, where

  • Praise His Holy Name from Wayne Taylor

    I've long understood that a military career shows you how to get things done, but former Navy bandsman Wayne Taylor may be working on a new bluegrass record. Over the past 6-8 weeks, he has conceived an album project, written