• Rooster Ruley remembered at Rooster Fest

    This weekend, family, friends and fans of Rooster Ruley, a popular banjo picker in central Virginia who passed away on February 13, will gather to remember the man and his music at the Washington & Lee Pavilion in Lexington. It will

  • Friday at FloydFest

    FloydFest 11 is off and running!  This is an incredible venue, if you’ve never been, so sheltered on the breathtaking Blue Ridge Parkway (Mile Post 170.5) and seemingly remote, but packed full of revelers, vendors and enough musical acts to

  • Hillsville 1912 audio CD available

    We have mentioned before the film, Hillsville 1912, a story of murder and mayhem that still divides families and communities in parts of southwestern Virginia. This story of a courthouse shooting 100 years ago doesn't have a specific bluegrass connection, though

  • Eastman String Band at Gettysburg

    Whenever the Eastman String Band plays at a festival, there are a few things you can depend on – Savannah Finch’s silky vocals, Tim Finch’s wacky humor and some hot picking. Beyond that, though, you never know what, or who,

  • Documentary film on Carroll County Massacre

    Everybody in bluegrass and old time music loves a good killing song, right? Throw in a good courthouse shootout, and it's a sure thing. Just such an incident took place in 1912 at the Carroll County, VA courthouse, where the locally-celebrated

  • Picking and fishing with Larry Keel

    This post is a contribution from Diane Farineua, who will be providing interviews with artists she encounters as part of her research for The Festival Project. See her profile here. One of the highlights at the Infamous Stringduster’s new weekend music