• Norman Blake recovering from medical procedure

    Flatpicking legend Norman Blake is recuperating in a hospital in Chattanooga, TN. He underwent a minor procedure following a transient ischemic attack, often described as a mini-stroke. A statement issued over the weekend from Norman's wife, and musical partner, Nancy Blake reads: Norman

  • Ginseng Sullivan

    Norman Blake first made me aware of the ginseng root, via his masterful recording of the tune Ginseng Sullivan. He released the song in 1972 on the Back Home in Sulphur Springs album. Of course, Tony Rice also cut the tune

  • Two new digital reissues from Rebel

    Rebel Records has reissued two more bluegrass classics as download only releases, available only from eMusic and iTunes. Both were originally released on LP in the early-to-mid 1970s. Folks these days know Ricky Skaggs as a successful band leader, vocalist and