• Donald Dowdy passes

    Donald Dowdy, whose powerful vocals helped fuel the The Bluegrass Brothers and The Dowdy Brothers, passed away Thursday. He was 34 years old. His death was caused by a heart attack, his brother Steven said, and he had been ill for

  • New look for The Bluegrass Brothers

    From the deep, rolling hills of southwestern Virginia come The Bluegrass Brothers, an arch traditional band with an affinity for the Stanley sound. The group was formed in 1989 by siblings, Victor and Robert Dowdy, hence the name. Robert has since

  • 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