• Kyle Cantrell let go from SiriusXM

    Announcements were made yesterday by SiriusXM that as many as 475 people would be laid off this month as part of a restructuring designed to increase profitability for the major satellite radio provider. It was initially interpreted as yet another

  • Bluegrass Junction is moving August 4

    SiriusXM is moving their Bluegrass Junction channel a few clicks up the dial next week. On August 4, the 24/7 bluegrass feed will jump to channel 62, one spot higher than where you are used to finding it. Kyle Cantrell of SiriusXM tells us

  • Flatt Lonesome goes all HBO up in here

    Flatt Lonesome has proved their millennial bona fides with a new single, an instrumental arrangement of the theme for HBO's series, Game of Thrones. The wildly successful program with a medieval fantasy theme is in its sixth season, and has captured

  • Adam Steffey checks in

    We caught up with mandolin ace Adam Steffey over this past weekend, after learning that he had been in the studio tracking for a new solo project. But he didn't want to talk about that. He's all fired up about the

  • Surviving the SiriusXM preemption

    For those of our readers suffering from Bluegrass Junction withdrawal this week while your favorite satellite channel is preempted for holiday programming, here are a few suggestions to help scratch your bluegrass itch. First off, Bluegrass Junction is still producing new

  • Still Time to Speak Up for Bluegrass Junction

    My opinion, admittedly biased: The flap about SiriusXM’s plans for Bluegrass Junction isn’t just about the upcoming nine-day disruption of Channel 61 to provide a home for Hanukkah. It’s about the long-term survival of the bluegrass channel itself. In other words, it’s

  • Feedback from SiriusXM

    Late yesterday evening we heard back from SiriusXM, following our story Wednesday morning about their decision to preempt Bluegrass Junction (Channel 61) with Hanukkah music from December 8-14. The response came from Patrick Reilly, Senior Vice President of Communications, who shared

  • Luberecki Feels Sirius XM Pinch, Too

    Sirius XM listeners who tune in for Ned Luberecki’s “banjo Sunday” shows will have to rearrange their schedules. Luberecki lost his Sunday shift on Bluegrass Junction as part of cost-cutting moves, according to sources familiar with the satellite radio giant’s recent