• Barnyard Funk video from Mark Stoffel

    Mandolinist Mark Stoffel, he of Chris Jones & The Night Drivers, has put together a fun little video for his current Mountain Home Music single, Barnyard Funk. This clever instrumental from Mark's imagination combines bluegrass improv with a funk groove, and

  • Welcome Amelia Strouth!

    Kevin Strouth, mandolinist with Starlett & Big John, and his wife, Nicole, are celebrating the birth of their first child. Amelia Rose Strouth was born on November 19 in Fairfax, VA. She made her arrival at 4:32 p.m., weighing in at

  • Wyatt Ellis debuts on his own at The Opry

    Wyatt Ellis on the Grand Ole Opry (11/10/23) - photo by Nathan Leslie Wyatt Ellis, 14-year-old mandolin prodigy, made his artist debut on the Grand Ole Opry on Friday night last week. Only a small number of performers such as Dolly

  • Barnyard Funk from Mark Stoffel

    Mandolinist Mark Stoffel, who currently plies his trade as a member of Chris Jones & The Night Drivers, has a new single dropping tomorrow from Mountain Home Music, an instrumental he calls Barnyard Funk. It's a clever little tune in which

  • Akira Otsuka is named 2023 DCBU Monument Award winner

    Akira Otsuka with DCBU President Carolyn Eyerly and his 2023 Washington Monument Award Celebrated capitol area mandolinist, photographer, and producer Akira Otsuka was presented with the 2023 Washington Monument Award by the DC Bluegrass Union on October 29. Born in Japan, Akira

  • Shep – a special gift for Brandon Shuping

    Brandon Shuping with Glenda Martin Fuller when he picked up Shep The late Charles "Speedy" Shepherd was musician and luthier from Salisbury, NC. He primarily built fiddles, but once and only once, he made a mandolin. It was a more difficult

  • Define the gift – Henry Byron Burgess

    With grown children in their teens and above, Lynn Muir and Greg Burgess never expected "a surprise" to happen, but it did.  Discovering they were pregnant later in life may have sent them into a tizzy, with preparation of repeating