• Easy 2-Chord Songs for Mandolin (book & CD)

    Wayne Erbsen and Native Ground Books & Music have released a new title for people just getting started in the wonderful world of mandolin. It's called Easy 2-Chord Songs for Mandolin, which perfectly describes the contents. One of the primary appeals

  • Dewey Murphy remembered 

    Mandolin player Dewey D Murphy passed away on August 8, 2017. He was 88 years old and lived in Charlotte, North Carolina.  Dewey Dwight Murphy, with his brother, Fred (guitar), was part of the first generation of bluegrass musicians, making a

  • Justin Harrison to Nu-Blu

    Nu-Blu has announced Justin Harrison as the newest member of the group. He will play mandolin and fiddle. Justin is a graduate of the Kentucky Center for Traditional Music at Morehead State University in Kentucky, but is a North Carolinian like

  • Suzuki method for mandolin coming to Virginia

    The Suzuki Method, well-entrenched among western musicians and educators, was developed roughly 50 years ago by Japanese violinist Shinichi Suzuki. It uses principles to teach music to young children similar to those that are common in most cultures to teach them

  • Orrin Star passes

    Noted guitarist, mandolinist, vocalist, and music educator, Orrin Star, died this morning following a lengthy battle with cancer. He was 62 years old. Originally from New Jersey, Orrin came to prominence in 1976 when he took first place in the National

  • Matt Umanov Guitars closing in December

    Matt Umanov Guitars, a fixture in New York's Greenwich Village for 35 years, has announced the imminent closing of their shop on Manhattan's Bleecker Street. Their last day of operation is set for December 3, after 48 years in business.

  • Buddy Merriam to undergo surgery

    Noted bluegrass mandolin artist, bandleader, and radio host Buddy Merriam will be having quadruple heart bypass surgery today (October 16, 2017). Surgery will take place at the Stony Brook Medical Center, (currently known as Stony Brook University Hospital), in Stony Brook,

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