• 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

  • FarmFest at Farmington Dragway

    Our friend Cindy Baucom wrote in to tell us about a new festival she's a part of this year. The 1st Annual FarmFest will be held at the Farmington Dragway in Farmington, NC. The dates set for the festival are

  • Scholarships for Transatlantic Bluegrass

    The Transatlantic Bluegrass School, scheduled for May 7-11, 2008 in the Welsh town of Pembrokeshire, has announced the formation of a  scholarship program for young students, aged 16-25, based on financial need. The scholarship awards will cover the full tuition costs,

  • Kenny & Amanda Smith Band in concert

    Over the weekend my wife and I had the good fortune to attend the Kenny & Amanda Smith Band concert at New River Community College in Dublin, VA. The show was presented by the college's Fiddle, Banjo and Dance Club

  • Kenny and Amanda Smith on WDVX

    Kenny & Amanda Smith will join Mike Kelly this morning on A Cumberland Sunday Morning, broadcast on WDVX in Knoxville, TN from 8:00 a.m. until noon (ET). Mike will be playing fine bluegrass Gospel music all morning, and talking with