• Welcome Kenzie Sparks!

    Congratulations to Jamie and Erin Sparks on the birth of their first child. Jamie is the banjo player with The Bluegrass Brothers. Kenzie Marie Sparks was born at 11:48 p.m. on February 11 in Farmville, VA at the Centra Southside Community

  • Steve Dowdy back to The Bluegrass Brothers

    The Bluegrass Brothers, super hard-driving traditionalists from Catawba, VA, will have a new look for 2017. Well, actually... it's more a return to an older look for the group. John Simmons, who had been playing guitar and singing with the Brothers,

  • Thursday at Nothin’ Fancy ’16

    Nothin’ Fancy has what can only be described as “hardcore” fans, as evidenced by a fan's fingernails we saw yesterday at the Nothin' Fancy Festival in Buena Vista, VA. Mike Andes posed with the band’s new CD. He said something about

  • Jamie Sparks hospitalized

    Jamie Sparks, the young banjo picker with The Bluegrass Brothers, was hospitalized on Monday near his home in Richmond, VA. Bluegrass fans will quickly recognize Jamie, as he is one of the very few left-handed banjoists working in our music. According

  • John Simmons to The Bluegrass Brothers

    The Bluegrass Brothers of southwest Virginia have announced John Simmons as their new guitarist. John is a familiar face in bluegrass circles from his work with Country Fried Grass, a successful regional group he headed for 2006-2013. He will also sing lead and

  • More from Palatka – February 2016

    Saturday at the Palatka Bluegrass Festival opened with a Gospel sing in front of the stage. Around 20 musicians joined in. At the same time Norman and Judy Adams were hard at work taking reservations for next year’s show. The Marksmen opened

  • Friday at the Nothin’ Fancy Festival

    Larry Efaw brought his Bluegrass Mountaineers and his “Stanley” brand of mountain music to Buena Vista to open the 2nd day of the Nothin’ Fancy Festival. The crowd enjoyed Bill Yates taking us back in time with the Country Gentlemen

  • Congratulations Steven and Christi Dowdy

    Earlier this month, Steven Dowdy, guitarist and vocalist with The Bluegrass Brothers, was married to Christi Bryant. He shared this brief description of their big day. "Christi and I joined hands in marriage on August 11. We had been childhood sweethearts, and