• A performer’s eye view of Grey Fox ’17

    Russ Carson isn't just one of the top bluegrass banjo players in the world today. The youthful five stringer with Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder is also a talented photographer, with the innate sense of a natural documentarian. For several years

  • Congratulations Russ and Bethany!

    On October 22, Russell Carson, banjo player with Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder, and Bethany Burie, guitarist with The Burie Family, were wed at the First Baptist Church in Hendersonville, TN. The ceremony was a who's who of young Nashville, bluegrass

  • The latest thing: POV jam videos

    The indubitable Russell Carson, crack banjoist with Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder and enterprising bluegrass photographer/videographer, has posted the latest thing in music archiving - the POV video! Many types of action photography, from the sublime to the discreditable, now utilize

  • SPBGMA 2016 notes

    We had a blast this year at the SPBGMA National Convention in Nashville. As always, it's great to re-connect with old friends and make new ones, with more high-quality music being played than you could ever hope to see in

  • Avenue of the Giants – Russ Carson

    Kentucky Thunder banjo player Russ Carson might not yet be recognized among the giants of the five string community, but it seems likely from his latest Patuxent CD, Avenue of the Giants, that he'll soon be counted in their number. This talented young picker

  • Russ Carson gets the nod

    When we reported in March that Russ Carson had been picked as the new banjo picker with Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder, we noted that he officially was coming on board on a 90 day trial basis. Those of us well familiar

  • MerleFest 2014

    Thanks to Russ Carson, new banjo picker with Ricky Skaggs, and a talented photographer to boot, for this set of images from this weekend's MerleFest in North Carolina.   See more of Russ' images online at www.russcarson.com.

  • Russ Carson to Ricky Skaggs

    Ricky Skaggs has a new banjo player. Russ Carson, who had played with Audie Blaylock & Redline the past three years, is the newest member of Kentucky Thunder. Russ was quick to mention that he is technically on a three month

  • Russ Carson leaving Audie Blaylock

    Banjo picker Russ Carson has announced that he will be leaving Audie Blaylock & Redline at the end of this month. He had been with the band for just over three years and was featured on their Hard Country and