• Grit & Polish – Mark Schatz & Bryan McDowell

    Curtailed from touring by the pandemic, multi-instrumentalists Mark Schatz and Bryan McDowell, both former members of the Claire Lynch Band, opted instead to retreat Schatz’s basement recording studio and cut thirteen tracks that provide a fine representation of combined dexterity

  • Benefit set for Eileen Carson Schatz

    Mark and Eileen Schatz Once again, the acoustic music community is coming together to help one of its own. A benefit concert for Eileen Carson Schatz will be held Sunday, September 16, at The Hamilton in Washington DC. Eileen learned in March

  • Help requested for Mark and Eileen Schatz

    Bluegrass fans are well familiar with Mark Schatz. He has played bass with some of our music's brightest lights, from Tony Rice and Doc Watson to Claire Lynch and Nickel Creek. His collaborations with Jerry Douglas and Béla Fleck are

  • Schatz excited about Nickel Creek tour

    Mark Schatz will take a six-month leave of absence from the Claire Lynch Band to play bass during the highly anticipated Nickel Creek reunion this spring and summer. He’s already joined Chris Thile, Sara Watkins and Sean Watkins in the studio,

  • Nickel Creek reunion in the works?

    Billboard is reporting that Nickel Creek has recorded a new album, targeted for a Spring 2014 release on Nonesuch Records. The news came out as the trio featuring Chris Thile, Sara Watkins and Sean Watkins, reunited on Wednesday for a

  • Roosterfest report

    Roosterfest last Sunday was a wonderful day full of awesome music, with folks reuniting, catching up, swapping stories and remembering the great Rooster Ruley who passed away earlier this year Rooster was a truly unique character who seemed to be from

  • Daydreams – Cory Piatt

    Young Cory Piatt is currently mandolinist with The Kenny & Amanda Smith Band. He has been playing almost half his 17 years, and has developed a stunning mastery of his instrument in this short time, as evidenced by his debut

  • Daydreams from Cory Piatt

    Cory Piatt, the talented young mandolinist with The Kenny & Amanda Smith Band, has recently completed a solo project. Entitled Daydreams, the album will be released this summer by Patuxent Music. Piatt tells us that he has been working on finishing this

  • MerleFest 2012 in pictures

    The 25th MerleFest was a blast and I had an amazing time shooting all of the spectacular musicians. This was my 5th time at the festival, and even though I wandered around quite a bit from stage to stage, I