• Two Songwriting Contest Deadlines Drawing Near

    Entry deadlines are approaching for two top songwriting contests that are of interest to bluegrassers. The deadline to enter the DC Bluegrass Union’s second annual Hazel Dickens Songwriting Contest is Jan. 15. Winners will be announced March 10. The entry fee

  • MerleFest 2015 Chris Austin finalists

    MerleFest has announced the finalists in their 2015 Chris Austin Songwriting Contest, an invitational competition being held for the 23rd time this year during the festival on April 24. Three finalists are selected in four categories from among the hundreds of

  • 2014 Chris Austin Songwriting winners

    At this past weekend's MerleFest, winners were chosen in the 22nd Annual Chris Austin Songwriting Contest. The invitational competition is held each year during the festival, with finalists chosen in advance. Congratulations to these 2014 winners: Bluegrass 1st Place - Paul Harrigill (Murfreesboro,

  • BanjoRama comes to MerleFest 2014

    Have you ever thought to yourself... "There's just not enough banjo music at MerleFest?" Not a problem for 2014. The mega-festival's new Artist Relations Manager, Steve Johnson, has organized a special, one-time banjo geek-out show for Friday, April 25 on the main

  • Walker and Groopman Make It Home

    As a music critic, I’m used to folks occasionally wondering if I’ve been living under a rock. Now I find myself thinking the same thing. How else could I not have heard about Melody Walker, Jacob Groopman and their progressive

  • Avett Brothers close MerleFest 2013

    One last MerleFest 2013 gallery from Andy Garrigue, who also shared these comments. Heavy numbers poured in Sunday to see The Avett Brothers close down Merlefest 2013, despite the calls for rain throughout the day, and their late afternoon set was

  • Ten Reasons MerleFest 2013 Was Awesome

    MerleFest 2013 is now history, but the music, moments and memories remain to savor. This year’s festival posted aggregate numbers of 76,000 over the four days beginning April 25 and running through the 28th, on the campus of Wilkes Community

  • Yet more MerleFest 2013 images

    Here's another gallery of Andy Garrigue's photos from MerleFest 2013, this time focusing on The Avett Brothers and their flamboyant cellist, Joe Kwon. Andy shared these few words about their show. “While the attention is often focused on Scott and Seth