• No Part Of Nothin’ – Alan Tompkins

    Alan Tompkins is a true Renaissance man, what once was called a dilletante without a hint of disparagement. Growing up in western Kentucky, he developed a passion for traditional music, and found that he possessed a knack for playing and singing

  • Ron Stewart and Earl Scruggs

    This remembrance of Earl Scruggs comes from Ron Stewart, fiddler and banjo player with The Boxcars, who is widely-regarded as one of today's leading practitioners of  Scruggs-style banjo. My son McKinley and I had just return from getting some food, when

  • When Old Lonesome Comes Around – Randy Jones

    The new solo project by Lonesome River Band’s mandolinist/tenor vocalist Randy Jones, When Old Lonesome Comes Around, will be released on March 31st. This will be the first nationally-offered project that he has directed from top to bottom. The project features

  • Single hits from The Spinney Brothers

    Canada's Spinney Brothers have a new single, the title track from their upcoming Memories album, due March 13 on Mountain Fever Records. The group is fronted by Allan Spinney on guitar and brother Rick on banjo, singing in the classic brother

  • Jeff Parker CD in May

    Jeff Parker, the very talented and wildly entertaining mandolinist with Dailey & Vincent, is expecting to release a solo project this May on Lonesome Day Records. If you've caught the Dailey & Vincent show live, you know that Parker has a

  • Lou Reid & Carolina go their own way

    Lou Reid & Carolina have a new CD, Callin' Me Back Home, ready to go, with a debut single just released via Airplay Direct. The song is Carolina Moonshine Man, written by Reid, Ray Edwards and Terry Foust. Lou tells us that the

  • Life Goes On – Music from the MACC II

    We've written many times about the magnificent work done by Darrel and Phyllis Adkins at their annual Musicians Against Childhood Cancer festival in Ohio. Top bluegrass acts make the trip each summer and perform at no charge, with proceeds from the

  • New Boxcars CD almost done

    I caught up yesterday with Adam Steffey, who filled me in on the two biggest events in his life these days. Make that three! His twin sons, Riley and A.P., are occupying much of his energy, but he's also been carving

  • Ron Stewart Boxcars banjo tabs

    Complete banjo transcriptions from the debut Boxcars CD are now available for download purchase from Ron Stewart's web site. And I do mean complete. Each of the album's 13 tracks are transcribed start to finish - solos and backup alike. Russell Sawler