• Larry Sparks at IBMA

    The indisputable highlight for me during Fan Fest last weekend was getting to visit with the great Larry Sparks. A bluegrass institution of long standing, Larry and his band did a powerful set on the main stage, and then he

  • 2013 Bluegrass Calendar ready now

    Ever hopeful in a recession, many businesses are gearing up for sales up to Christmas and beyond. Among the delights becoming available is the 2013 Bluegrass Calendar published by Bluegrass Productions of Virginia. The 2013 edition, the 22nd in all, focuses

  • They Called Him Jesus – Jeff Clair

    Eastern Kentucky's Jeff Clair is a long-time student of the music of such masters of tradition as Larry Sparks and James King. So no one will be surprised that his new solo project, They Called Him Jesus, is marked by soulful,

  • Mike Lilly & Wendy Miller

    I recently had the great pleasure of renewing my acquaintance with one of the great banjo players of the 1970s and '80s (and now for that matter), Mike Lilly. He and Wendy Miller are forever joined in history as part

  • Albums of the Year? YOU Decide!

    Well, 2011 has come to a close, and for bluegrass, it was exceptional year. We saw new releases from nearly everyone, and many were exceptional. It really is a great time to be a bluegrass fan. There are more albums coming

  • Keith Lawrence’s picks for 2011

    Keith Lawrence, the esteemed journalist at the Owensboro Messenger-Enquirer, has been writing about bluegrass music for the newspaper since 1985. Additionally, he has a blog, Bluegrass Notes, which he has been writing since 1991. Earlier this month Lawrence published his Ten

  • Larry Sparks exhibit opens at ACMA

    Bristol Virginia's Mountain Music Museum unveiled a permanent Larry Sparks exhibit this past Saturday (10/15). Larry was in attendance, where he spoke briefly and performed with the ETSU Bluegrass Pride Band. The Museum is a project of the Appalachian Cultural Music Association,

  • A flood of old music from Rebel

    Rebel Records has been focusing of late on a slew of re-issues and compilations from their rich catalog of bluegrass music. This week, they have announced five more sure to warm the hearts of fans who remember the '70s and