• The Shape You’re In from Robert Hale

    If you want to start a tussle at a pop musicologists convention, throw out a question about how rock n roll music got started. It's commonly asserted that it was an outgrowth of rural blues music in the southern black

  • Robert Hale sings Help! from his covers album

    Pinecastle Records has released a first single for Robert Hale, from his upcoming album of bluegrass covers, Blue Haze, expected later this year. Like so many bluegrass artists, Robert started playing with his family, his dad Clayton's band in West Virginia

  • Pickin’ In The Panhandle this weekend

    Bluegrass Today will have a team at this weekend's Pickin' In The Panhandle festival in West Virginia. We will have reports from the festival, with photos and video updates, starting Friday afternoon. The fest offers two stages of music (three on Saturday),

  • Pure & Simple From Robert Hale

    My friend Stacy Grubb, a West Virginia singer-songwriter, sometimes muses that her music is too bluegrass for country and too country for bluegrass. That’s a perfect description for Pure & Simple, the first solo release from Robert Hale, the former

  • Pure & Simple From Robert Hale

    My friend Stacy Grubb, a West Virginia singer-songwriter, sometimes muses that her music is too bluegrass for country and too country for bluegrass. That’s a perfect description for Pure & Simple, the first solo release from Robert Hale, the former

  • Livewire’s One-and-Done Reunion

    Apparently, playing in a bluegrass band is a lot like riding a bicycle. Once you learn how to do it, you don’t forget how, even if years go by without doing it. You might wobble a bit, but the basics

  • Coming soon from Pinecastle

    Pinecastle has announced two new projects set for release early in 2012. First up is a twin mandolin project from Alan Bibey and Wayne Benson. This one has been in the works for several years, and was thought to have been

  • Robert Hale solo project in the works

    Wildfire guitarist/vocalist Robert Hale is working on a solo project, according to the Wildfire web site. They don't say much about the material or the guest artists, except to say that many of Robert's long time musical friends and collaborators