• Helen Highwater rises in Nashville

    A new band is set to hit the scene, combining four Nashville superpickers itching to play together. David Grier is on guitar, Missy Raines on bass, Mike Compton on mandolin, and Shad Cobb on fiddle. They have chosen the clever name

  • A Tag-Team Call for Diversity

    Get over it, already. Missy Raines and Chris Jones didn’t say it quite so bluntly, but that was the underlying message of their keynote address to kick off IBMA’s World of Bluegrass Conference Monday in Nashville. Using humor, a bit of self-deprecation

  • A New Frontier for Missy Raines

    There’s a lot going on in Missy Raines’ life these days. She’s in the studio with her band, The New Hip, working on a new album called New Frontier. Plus, she’s in the middle of a Kickstarter campaign to help pay

  • Folk Remedies from Steve Spurgin

    California singer/songwriter Steve Spurgin has had a long career in acoustic music, weaving his way in and out of the bluegrass world over the years. Moving out west from his native Texas in the 1960s, he eventually found his way into

  • 2012 Bluegrass All-Star Jam

    This past few years have seen a bluegrass variety show travel across the eastern US, billed as the Bluegrass All-Star Jam. Over the years it has hit dozens of cities, with a live concert featuring a bevy of top bluegrass

  • Missy Raines eyes early 2012 album

    Missy Raines, who has faced more than her share of criticism for straying beyond the bounds of bluegrass in recent years, is in the formative stages of putting together a new album that won’t appease any of her critics. The idea

  • America’s Music from Sleepy Man Banjo Boys

    America's favorite pre-teen grassers, Sleepy Man Banjo Boys, have announced October 4 as the release date for their debut album, America's Music. It's their instrumental tribute to their bluegrass forebears - their musical great-grandfathers? - with 12 tracks featuring the picking

  • Sleepy Man Banjo Boys in the studio

    The now world-famous Sleepy Man Banjo Boys have been in the studio of late, recording an album of traditional bluegrass instrumental music. The timing of this long-planned venture coincides perfectly with their sudden popularity. A number of appearances on national