• Still more from the Guinness record at Galax

    We finally caught up with Tara Linhardt, who spearheaded yesterday's successful Guinness World Record attempt for the largest mandolin ensemble at the Old Fiddlers Convention in Galax, VA. She tells us that while they made it over the top, beating the

  • Nora Jane Struthers at Dickinson

    Frank Baker was on the ground this past Saturday (7/14) at the 17th annual Bluegrass on the Grass festival, held on the campus of Dickinson College in Carlisle, PA. We'll post Frank's images from Dickinson over the next few days, starting

  • Once a teacher…

    ... always a teacher. At least that's what they say. Having been raised by parents who were teachers - and having done a fair bit of teaching myself - I know how close to the surface the pedagogic impulse lurks. You can

  • Nora Jane Struthers takes to Kickstarter

    Nora Jane Struthers, Bearfoot's sultry lead singer, is using Kickstarter as a crowd sourcing tool to raise funds for an upcoming solo project. She tells us that she has a core group of songs written, and is working now on arrangements. I

  • 7 down, 1 to go for Bearfoot

    With just one day lacking before the release of their American Story CD on Compass, Bearfoot has dropped the 7th video in their 8 Days of Bearfoot promotion. This time we are treated to Billy, a live a cappella number in which

  • Bearfoot in the schools

    Bearfoot has just released an online video, highlighting a recent visit the band made to both an elementary and high school in Gillette, Wyoming this past February. The group was created in Alaska some years ago as a result of just

  • New video shoot for Bearfoot

    Bearfoot spent a day last week shooting a new music video for Nora Jane Struthers' song, Tell Me A Story, from their upcoming Compass Records album, American Story. Struthers plays guitar and sings with the band, with Angela Oudean on fiddle,

  • Two free tracks from Bearfoot

    Bearfoot is giving away two free tracks on their Facebook page, both from their upcoming album, American Story, scheduled for an October release on Compass. Well, one is a track from the CD (When You're Away), and the other is a

  • Bearfoot – new look and sound

    I had the good fortune to hook-up with the members of Bearfoot on Friday when they performed here in Roanoke. The band let me crash their pre-sound check dinner for an interview, and I was able to catch the first

  • IBMA Late Showcase: Nora Jane & the Bootleggers

    This post is a contribution from Mike Reed, one of our 2010 IBMA correspondents. You can see his profile here. On Wednesday night, while wandering the halls at the late night showcases, I stumbled upon a band playing in a small