• Introducing Charm City Junction

    A new string band has sprung up in Baltimore, taking as their name one of the several nicknames the port city is known by. Charm City Junction plays a hybrid style defined by its diverse members: a bluegrass fiddler (Patrick McAvinue),

  • Hard Core Bluegrass – Al Jones

    I'm not sure if a bluegrass album has ever been more appropriately titled than Hard Core Bluegrass, the latest project from Al Jones & The Spruce Mountain Boys on the Patuxent Music label. Jones is the remaining portion of the famed duo,

  • More bluegrass at Carnegie Hall

    On March 27, Carnegie Hall in New York City hosted a production of From Sea to Shining Sea, a children's musical based on Appalachian history. The production was staged by Walker Performing Arts, a youth theater group from Hagerstown, MD with Teri Walker

  • Kip Martin feted Sunday afternoon

    Kip Martin's friends filled a church sanctuary Sunday in Crofton, MD, opening their hearts and wallets for the ailing bass player. The former Sunny Mountain Boy was hundreds of miles away, surrounded by family in a hospice setting near Nashville, where

  • Audie and the boys out west

    Audie Blaylock and Redline are starting their year out on the west coast, and taking advantage of the opportunity to see some of the sights that California has to offer.   Banjo picker Russ Carson also shared this video of him picking

  • Audie Blaylock and Mr. Bill

    Next Tuesday (May 31) is the official release date for Audie Blaylock & Redline's terrific Bill Monroe tribute album, I'm Going Back To Old Kentucky. It's actually available now as a digital download online with CDs shipping next week. The record

  • Audie Blaylock holding mandolin auditions

    Attention SPBGMA-bound mandolinists and tenor singers. Patrick McAvinue, who plays fiddle with Audie Blaylock & Redline, tells us that they are hunting a new bandmate at SPBGMA next weekend in Nashville. Darrell Webb had been handling the mandolin and tenor spot

  • Red Carpet 2009: Patrick McAvinue

    Here's another in our series of 2009 Red Carpet videos. These were filmed immediately prior to the IBMA Award Show. This one features Katy Daley interviewing Patrick McAvinue and his fiancée Sarah Fitzmaurice. http://media.libsyn.com/media/thegrasscast/mcavinue.flv

  • Patrick McAvinue – Rutlands Reel

    Almost as soon as I walked in to the Convention Center on Monday, I ran into talented young fiddler Patrick McAvinue, currently with Audie Blaylock & Redline. He was with his charming young lady, Sarah Fitzmaurice, herself a fine