• Shannon Slaughter strikes out on his own

    OK... it's official. What most any bluegrass watcher has known was inevitable has been announced. Shannon Slaughter is leaving his position with Lou Reid & Carolina to focus his energy on County Clare, his own group with his talented wife, Heather. Shannon told

  • More on upcoming County Clare CD

    Recently, we reported that Alabama-based band Shannon and Heather Slaughter and County Clare would soon be heading into the studio to begin working on a new album. This past Friday evening (July 6), while performing at Bluegrass on Broad in

  • County Clare in the studio

    Shannon Slaughter has had a very good year so far. His solo project, The Sideman Steps Out, has been a hit with bluegrass radio, and spent most of the early part of 2012 on our Bluegrass Today Weekly Airplay Chart. He

  • 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

  • New look for County Clare in 2012

    County Clare, a side project for Shannon Slaughter when not traveling with Lou Reid & Carolina -  a side project when Lou isn't out with Seldom Scene - has announced some personnel changes. Shannon has had some impressive chart success with

  • Old Dirt Road – Shenandoah Drive

    Proving that contemporary tunes sound great when played in a traditional style, the new release from central Virginia’s Shenandoah Drive is rock solid. Their album Old Dirt Road, a collection of twelve tunes both old and new, was recorded at

  • The Sideman Steps Out

    Regular readers of Bluegrass Today will have surely noted my occasional musings on how few really outstanding new recordings come across my desk, as a percentage of total new projects. It has also been noted how often these exceptional albums