• Hillbenders sign with Compass

    Compass Records in Nashville has announced the signing of The Hillbenders, the young Missouri-based band whose motto is "making bluegrass hip again, one day at a time." They have made their name the old fashioned way, with a raucous stage show

  • 40th Annual RockyGrass: Day 2

    This report from RockyGrass is a contribution from Jake Schepps and Christian Sedelmyer. Working backwards on Day 2 of the festival: the evening’s closer was a special set of music with a band specifically put together by Béla Fleck, in which he played a

  • Last day at Gettysburg

    Here is the final gallery of images from Frank Baker, shot on Sunday, the final day of last weekend's 2012 Spring Gettysburg Bluegrass festival. You can see the other three galleries here. Big thanks to Frank not only for shooting for

  • Photos from Gettysburg

    We are still awaiting Frank Baker's photos from this past weekend's Gettysburg festival, but Rhonda Vincent sent a couple along this morning. She captured this particularly well-dressed fan at her record table on Saturday afternoon. In addition to the two stage

  • The funniest thing at IBMA 2011

    If it wasn't obvious from our IBMA 2011 coverage last week, a significant theme throughout this year's World of Bluegrass was the vexing and seemingly unavoidable question, "Is it bluegrass?" My impression is that there were more bands from outside the

  • Breaking the Rules with the Hillbenders

    You have to give IBMA credit for listening to those who complained that new and tradition-breaking bands were locked out of prized official showcase slots in the past. But just in case anyone missed the association’s more open approach during

  • IBMA After Hours: A Few Surprises

    This post is a contribution from Mike Reed, one of our 2010 IBMA correspondents. See his profile here. After the Main Showcase performances, folks moved to the many different rooms set up for performances, many by new artists or those with

  • Bluegrass Country Tuesday lineup

    Once again, WAMU's Bluegrass Country will be broadcasting live at IBMA this afternoon from 3:00-6:00 p.m. (EDT). Today's spots will include a couple of long-time bluegrass acts and several new, young groups at World of Bluegrass looking for a chance to