• SOIMF, day 1

    The doors opened at 10:00 a.m. Friday to let the crowd in for the March 2014 edition of the Southern Ohio Indoor Music Festival. There was a steady stream of bluegrass music fans until the Roberts Center was packed full.

  • Jesse Smathers to Nothin Fancy

    Nothin Fancy has a new look for the 2014 season. They have brought Jesse Smathers on to play guitar and sing tenor. He hails from Eden, NC and had worked previously with James King, on both mandolin and guitar. Mike Andes, mandolinist

  • A Nothin’ Fancy Christmas

    Nothin' Fancy has another new project to close out 2014. In addition to a live concert DVD and a greatest hits CD over the summer, they now have a Christmas album to add to their catalog. A Nothin Fancy Christmas offers

  • Who is that bearded woman?

    This past weekend during the 13th annual Nothin Fancy Bluegrass Festival in central Virginia, Rhonda Vincent & the Rage paid tribute to their genial hosts by dressing up as Nothin Fancy, and playing a set of their most popular numbers. Rhonda

  • Two new projects from Nothin’ Fancy

    Perennial festival favorites Nothin' Fancy have both a live performance DVD and a greatest hits CD to offer their fans this Summer, as they approach their 20th anniversary in 2014. Most Requested, Volume 1 contains 18 tracks from the band's first

  • Mike Andes – The Songs I Sing

    While we were at SPGBMA earlier this month, Mike Andes brought over his brand new, just-out-of-the-box solo project, The Songs I Sing. It was so new at the time that when I asked if he and Nothin Fancy would be

  • Photos from Back 40 Bluegrass Festival

    This report from Back 40 Bluegrass is the first of what we hope will be many contributions from Bryan Dietz. Back 40 Bluegrass Festival occurs twice a year, Memorial Day Weekend and the first weekend in August. Hosted by the Turnbull family,