• That Old Familiar – David Thom

    Besides being a regular correspondent for Bluegrass Today and a West Coast Bluegrass Ambassador, David Thom is also a performing artist who has released yet another fine album, That Old Familiar, on Swollen Records. Recorded at Lewietoons Studio in Berkeley, CA,

  • That Old Familiar from David Thom

    Our own David Thom has just released his latest album, That Old Familiar. It includes a handful of his compositions along with arrangements of some familiar numbers from both the bluegrass and country music catalogs. Of course, David isn't really "ours"

  • Blue Yodel #10 – Quantum Lyrics

    I don’t know. Maybe I’ve been watching too much of the Brian Greene PBS series The Fabric of the Cosmos lately. It’s fascinating—things blow up and there’s talk about black holes and eleven dimensions. What I’ve learned is that somewhere there’s

  • Folk Alliance FAR-West honors Laurie Lewis

    Laurie Lewis has been honored with the 2011 Performer Award from the Folk Alliance FAR-West, the western regional chapter of the Folk Alliance International. The Bay Area fiddle player and singer/songwriter was presented with the award at the 2011 FAR-West Conference,

  • That Old Familiar from David Thom

    California guitarist, bandleader, and Bluegrass Today contributor David Thom tells us he has just finished mastering for That Old Familiar, his new solo project. The CD is being produced by Laurie Lewis out of her Berkeley, CA studio LewieToons. David says

  • Laurie Lewis and Bill Monroe

    Even though Laurie Lewis channels Bill Monroe in her new tribute to him, Skippin’ and Flyin’, she knows she won’t please some of the purists. “I picked songs that were from the same sort of well that he would have chosen

  • Laurie Lewis is Skippin’ and Flyin’

    Is there room for another Bill Monroe tribute project during the remainder of this, the year of his Centennial Celebration? I think there is. Coming on October 18 is Skippin' and Flyin', an appreciation of Monroe from West Coast fiddler, vocalist

  • Della Mae CD to hit in September

    Well, it looks like the gals in Della Mae were successful with the crowdsourcing project we highlighted last month, as they have announced a September release for their debut full-length CD, I Built This Heart. The band, based in Boston, consists

  • Between the Hollow and the High Rise

    Kathy Kallick has been a stalwart of the west coast bluegrass scene for more than three decades, so much so that while still actively performing she is the recipient of a Lifetime Achievment Award from the California Bluegrass Association. For

  • Laurie Lewis has a New Baby

    Well, that's the way she describes the release of her latest CD, Live, from Laurie Lewis and the Right Hands (Spruce & Maple Music SMM 2004). From the Bay Area of San Francisco, the highly rated fiddler and two-time International