• Dr. Banjo in the house

    Hot Rize is in the midst of their fall reunion tour, their first since 1996 when Bryan Sutton was welcomed into the band on guitar. After a swing through the northwest over the weekend, they start up again on Wednesday

  • New Hot Rize audio

    We posted back in August about the upcoming Hot Rize tour this fall, the band's first since the passing of original guitarist Charles Sawtelle in 1999. They will spend 10 days on the road, hitting clubs and theaters across the

  • Dr. Banjo’s Bluegrass Method

    This post is a contribution from Tom Bibey, one of our 2010 IBMA correspondents. You can see his profile here. Hello. My name is Dr. Tom Bibey. I am one of a team of roving reporters assigned to cover the IBMA

  • Russian Report on Wernick Tour

    Last month Pete Wernick and his wife Joan headed to Russia to be part of the Russia-America Bluegrass Jamboree. Having returned from the trip, Dr. Banjo's August newsletter highlights the trip and points to a full report on his website. The

  • Hot Rize reunion tour 2010

    Hot Rize hits the road again this fall for their first US tour in more than 10 years. They have a string of dates scheduled later this year with original members Pete Wernick on banjo, Tim O'Brien on mandolin/fiddle and

  • Fairview Avenue

    Oddly enough, summer is the slow season for bluegrass news each year. All the bands are touring like crazy, but unless someone jumps ship, there isn't as much new information to share. So we plan to use this next little while

  • Dr. and Mrs. Banjo head to Mother Russia

    Pete Wernick, aka Dr. Banjo, and his lovely wife Joan will be headed to Russia this summer to participate in the Russia-America Bluegrass Jamboree in July. This is the first event of its kind, being organized in part by the Consulate

  • Pete Wernick to teach players fruit skills

    John and I have been in the studio all week filming a new AcuTab DVD designed to help you improve your jamming skills. Pete Wernick has essentially written the book on this topic and his name has come up several

  • Full scholarship for Wernick advanced banjo camp

    One full scholarship to Pete Wernick's Advanced Banjo Camp (1/18-23/10) is still available. Three such scholarships have already been awarded for the 2010 camp, but another has just recently been announced. Move quickly if you want to apply, however. The application