• The Kenny & Amanda Smith BAND

    We just heard again from Kenny Smith, who said he is getting all sorts of phone calls from folks who think that he and Amanda have disbanded their group, and will be playing strictly as a duo henceforth. News flash:

  • New look for Kenny & Amanda

    We heard today from Zak McLamb, bass player with Kenny & Amanda Smith this past 7 years, with news that he has left the band. He tells us that mandolinist Spencer Strickland and banjo man Trent Calicutt are also moving on. On

  • Aaron Williams checks in

    We got a end-of-the-year note today from Aaron Williams, the talented young mandolinist who had spent the past few years touring with Kenny & Amanda Smith. He wanted to let all his bluegrass friends know what he is up to

  • Welcome Luke McLamb

    Zak McLamb, bass player with Kenny & Amanda Smith, and his wife Karen are celebrating the birth of their first child. Luke McLamb was born last night (7/27) at 8:50 p.m. (EDT). Zak reports that he weighed in at 7 lbs.,

  • Light In The Window

    This column, containing brief reviews of recent CD releases by Richard Thompson, is published in the current (Spring 2009) edition of British Bluegrass News. As it is a lengthy piece, we will break it into two parts, and run the

  • Trent Callicutt joins Kenny & Amanda

    Kenny Smith just called with some news. They have hired Trent Callicutt to play banjo with The Kenny & Amanda Smith Band. Trent is an 18 year old picker from Asheboro, NC. He has been doing shows with the band this

  • Dove Award nominees announced

    The Gospel Music Association has announced the nominees for the 2008 Dove Awards, and their bluegrass categories are chock full of familiar names. The awards will be announced at the 39th Annual Dove Awards on April 23 in Nashville, TN. The

  • Shindig in Bristol

    Our Grasstowne buddies, Alan Bibey and Phil Leadbetter, both contacted us earlier this week mentioning the big doin's in Bristol, TN on Saturday (1/26). It's the 3rd annual Pickin' at the Paramount all star show where top bluegrass artists get together