• Welcome Luke Boyd

    Rachel Johnson Boyd and her husband Chris are celebrating the birth of their first child. Luke Holston Boyd was born on April 21 at 5:06 p.m., weighing in at 6 lbs 14 oz. Rachel had worked in bluegrass since she was a

  • Rachel Boyd departs Darin & Brooke

    Darin & Brooke Aldridge have announced that Rachel Johnson Boyd, their fiddler and harmony vocalist this past 2 years, is leaving the group at the end of December. Rachel explained her reasons in this note to fans and friends of the

  • Darin & Brooke live – and on the radio

    Darin and Brooke Aldridge have a new CD due to hit November 20 on Mountain Home Music. The title, Live at Red, White and Bluegrass! pretty much gives the game away. It was recorded this past summer at the RW&BG festival Morganton,

  • Rachel and Chris Boyd

    Special thanks to Ted Lehmann for this piece. Ted is a retired teacher who blogs at Ted Lehmann's Bluegrass, Books, and Brainstorms and travels extensively with his wife Irene to bluegrass festivals and other events. He also took the photos in the gallery

  • Rotate!

    Right on time... The bluegrass band rotations start this time each year, sometime after IBMA, roughly coinciding with the baseball playoffs. Unrestricted free agency in bluegrass does create headaches for bandleaders, but it's not something that can be avoided in

  • Sunset Drive in Japan

    Maro Kawabata is a Japanese native who came to the states some 20 years ago. His interest in bluegrass music led him to record a solo project for Copper Creek Records, Carolina Blue, in 2001, and then plan a tour