• 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

  • IBMA Showcase: Lou Reid & Carolina

    This post is a contribution from Mike Reed, one of our 2010 IBMA correspondents. Photos for this post come from Roy Swann. As part of the Wednesday night IBMA Showcase, Lou Reid & Carolina (Lou Reid - Mandolin & vocals, Christy

  • Stressful day!

    This post is a contribution from Christy Reid, one of our 2010 IBMA correspondents. She will be reporting on her experiences at IBMA as a member of Lou Reid & Carolina. This is the first time that Lou Reid and Carolina