• Steep Canyon Rangers at FloydFest

    FloydFesters were treated to a fantastic set of bluegrass with a side helping of Gospel from the Steep Canyon Rangers this morning. I spoke with guitarist Woody Platt after the performance. Just coming off a couple weeks touring out West, he told

  • Give Me The Banjo now on Netflix

    Give Me The Banjo, the recent film documentary about our beloved 5 string by Marc Fields, is now available to Netflix subscribers. Though Fields lists as the project's writer, director and producer, it really was a team effort. Tony Trischka was

  • Graham Sharp and Ziggy Marley

    Graham Sharp shared a fun story about his close encounter last night with reggae superstar Ziggy Marley. He was performing with Steve Martin and Steep Canyon Rangers at the Ottawa Jazz Festival, which runs for ten days with a wide variety

  • Steve Martin banjo board adds J.D. Crowe

    We just heard from Steve Martin, who shared this announcement about his annual banjo prize: Last March, the board of The Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass lost a founding member, the great Earl Scruggs. After brief deliberation,

  • Rare Bird Alert goes prime time

    How many Bluegrass Today readers watch the popular FOX television program, Bones? If you tune in for the next airing on Monday (4/30), you'll hear the title track from Steve Martin & The Steep Canyon Rangers' current album, Rare Bird Alert. Bones

  • More recollections of Earl

    We've heard this morning from a number of highly-influential banjo players, each sharing their personal reflections on the passing of the greatest among them, the man, THE Earl Scruggs. Sonny Osborne, who internalized Scruggs music as a young teen, and is

  • Blue Yodel #17 – #bluegrassgrammy-attackads

    Tweets in Response to Steve Martin's Blatant Attempt to Increase Public Awareness of Bluegrass Grammy #bluegrassgrammyattackads Steve Martin claims to be illegitimate son of Jimmy Martin. Nope, says Jimmy in Skype session from beyond. #bluegrassgrammyattackads Steve Martin mispronounces “banjo” on Letterman. No,

  • Steve Martin throws down the gauntlet

    Steve Martin took to Twitter last week, in a blatant attempt to influence Grammy voters heading into Awards Season. Hollywood has long embraced the tradition of pushing projects forward in the press, both to hopefully garner Oscar nominations, and subsequently, to