• 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

  • IBMA 2010 Odds and Ends

    This post is a contribution from David Morris, one of our 2010 IBMA correspondents. Photos for this post are from Roy Swann. Some stray notes and riffs from the World of Bluegrass conference this week in Nashville: WHAT IS THAT? Hang around

  • Claire Lynch Tuesday evening showcase

    This post is a contribution from David Morris, one of our 2010 IBMA correspondents. See his profile here. Photos for this post are from Roy Swann. Anyone giving a close listen to Claire Lynch’s latest album, Whatcha Gonna Do, is sure

  • Bass Strummit III in January 2011

    We heard yesterday from Mike Conner, producer of both the Roanoke Fiddlefest bluegrass festival, and more recently, the traveling Bass Strummit instructional workshops. As we mentioned when Conner hosted his first event, there have long been plentiful such opportunities for students

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