• UK to honor Crowe with an honorary degree

    We just heard some wonderful news from Tom Adler about a well-deserved honor coming later this year for J.D. Crowe. "I'm truly pleased to announce that the University of Kentucky Board of Trustees has designated banjoist/bandleader J.D. Crowe as one of

  • Tom Adler talks Bean Blossom

    Tom Adler, author of Bean Blossom, last year's University of Illinois Press history of Bill Monroe's bluegrass festivals and the Brown County Jamboree, is featured in a new Q&A on the U of I web site. The subject of the interview

  • Footprints in the Snow

    One of the classic Bill Monroe songs of all time is Footprints in the Snow. Despite the fact that Bill claimed authorship under the pseudonym Rupert Jones, the song was much older. According to Neil Rosenberg, Bill learned it in the

  • Bean Blossom – a second look

    Bean Blossom, that place of many legends that has attracted bluegrass fans from so many territories world-wide, that has two internationally-distributed LPs that bear its name and yet about which so little of its history has been known for so

  • More about Bean Blossom book

    Last week we announced the publication of the book Bean Blossom - The Brown County Jamboree and Bill Monroe's Bluegrass Festivals, Tom Adler‘s history of the music park. Adler was understandably proud and relieved to see the finished product .... but

  • Bean Blossom by Tom Adler

    Tom Adler, former executive director of the International Bluegrass Music Museum, and a noted bluegrass folklorist and radio host, has released a book timed to honor this year's celebration of Bill Monroe's centennial. Bean Blossom - The Brown County Jamboree and

  • Bean Blossom by Tom Adler

    “Bean Blossom, Indiana — near Brown County State Park and the artist-colony town of Nashville, Indiana — is home to the annual Bean Blossom Bluegrass Festival, founded in 1967 by Bill Monroe, the father of bluegrass. Widely recognized as the

  • Marty Godbey passes

    Sad news to share just before Christmas... We are working on a more complete remembrance of this remarkable woman, but will quickly share this note that Tom and Betsy Adler have passed along. I'm truly sorry to report that our very dear

  • I’m Going Back To Old Kentucky #28

    From October 1, 2010 through to the end of September 2011, we will, each day, celebrate the life of Bill Monroe by sharing information about him and those people who are associated with his life and music career. This information

  • Earl Scruggs to receive lifetime Grammy Award

    Our UK correspondent, Richard F Thompson, couples the news of this long-overdue recognition with a brief recap of Earl Scruggs' distinguished career in bluegrass. Bluegrass legend Earl Scruggs, who celebrated his 84th birthday on Sunday, will receive a 2008 Grammy Award