• Rebekah Long schedules a break for surgery

    Nashville-based bluegrass singer, songwriter, and bandleader Rebekah Long has announced a break in her summer touring schedule for back surgery. Long tells us that she broke her lower back (pars interarticularis) recently, and will be having fusion surgery on July 19

  • Jeff Austin passes

    Jeff Austin, mandolinist, singer, and songwriter - and co-founder of Yonder Mountain String Band and the Jeff Austin Band - died yesterday in Seattle, WA. He was 45 years of age. A "medical emergency" had been announced early Saturday morning, but

  • Welcome new US citizen, BB Bowness

    One more banjo player for the good ol' US of A! Last week Catherine "BB" Bowness, banjo player with Mile Twelve, took the oath of allegiance and was sworn in as a newly minted US citizen. The New Zealand native has

  • Gerald Anderson passes

    Noted southwest Virginia luthier Gerald Anderson died suddenly yesterday at his home in Troutdale. He was 65 years of age. His handmade Anderson mandolins were owned by top professional musicians well beyond the southeastern states. He also built fine flat top

  • Grand Ole Opry at Bonnaroo 2019

    When the 2019 Bonnaroo mega-fest opened last Thursday night, festival-goers were witness to a special treat. The world famous Grand Ole Opry made the trip to Manchester, TN - about 65 miles southeast of Nashville - to broadcast live from the

  • Vern Young passes

    Vern Young, who enjoyed a long career in country and bluegrass music, passed away on June 14, 2019. He was 95 years old and had resided in Lamar, Missouri, since 1989.  Guy Lewis “Vern” Young was born in Palmyra, near Rochester,

  • Dennis Jones passes

    Bluegrass music lost one of its foremost champions Friday when former DJ Dennis Jones died at a hospital in Shelby, N.C., after fighting sepsis for days. He was 62. Dennis was the longtime host of Goin’ Across the Mountain on WNCW