• Roni Stoneman passes

    Roni Stoneman, banjo player with The Stonemans, who played the iconic Hee-Haw character, Ida Lee Nagger, died yesterday evening at 85 years of age. Long before she played that comic stereotype on television in the 1970s, Roni was an established artist

  • Goin’ Crazy from Bluegrass Champs

    It's always a cause for celebration when archival bluegrass recordings are cleaned up and released for the enjoyment of contemporary audiences. Especially when it involves radio transcriptions, which formed the bulk of the bluegrass music performed in the 1940s and

  • Patsy Stoneman Remembered 

    Patsy Stoneman, described as “country music royalty” because of her long relationship with the iconic Stoneman family of talented musicians, died in her sleep on July 23, 2015, at the age of 90. She had been in failing health for

  • Patsy Stoneman passes

    Patsy Stoneman, one of the last remaining members of the famous Stoneman Family who performed together through much of the 20th century, has died. She was 90 years of age. When The Stonemans were in their hey day in the 1960s, Patsy

  • Roni Stoneman wins ROPE Award

    Stoneman has been a magic name in country, old time, and bluegrass music since 1927. That's when Ernest "Pop" Stoneman first recorded for Victor in Bristol, Tennessee with several members of his family in what came to be known as

  • The Stoneman Tradition

    The Carter Family has arguably the best known family music legacy in traditional music, with such artists as Lorrie Carter Bennett (Maybelle’s granddaughter, who is a part of the recent Daughters of Bluegrass compilation) carrying on their time-honored songs even

  • Two new CDs from Patuxent Music

    Patuxent Music has two new releases to announce this month, both of them challenging my perception of the label. Over the past few months, their new projects had featured some of the most promising young bluegrass and old time artists in

  • Honoring Ernest V. Stoneman

    Ernest V. Stoneman's contributions to the musical heritage of 20th century America cannot be ignored. He was among the first rural performers to record and release his music. He practically defined the "three chords and the truth" approach to songwriting.