• The Banjo in Beijing

    CBS recently ran a short piece on Abigail Washburn and her banjo. What makes Abigail newsworthy is the fact that she's playing, and singing, American music in China. The video shows footage of her performing at the Beijing Jazz Festival, and

  • Uncle Earl video online

    The new music video from Uncle Earl can be viewed online, at www.stereogum.com. The video is for the tune, Streak o' Lean, Streak o' Fat from their current CD, Waterloo, Tennessee. It is a comical and quirky take on the tune,

  • 2007 Americana Award nominees announced

    The Americana Music Association has announced the nominees for their 2007 Honors and Awards, with the winners to be announced on November 1 during their 6th Annual Americana Music Association's Honors and Awards Show in Nashville. Several of the nominees will

  • Uncle Earl at Bonnaroo

    We've just learned that bluegrass/old-time band Uncle Earl will be performing at the 2007 Bonnaroo music festival. The festival takes place mid June in Manchester, TN and has become a large and very popular festival in the last few years. Bonnaroo

  • Weekend print news update

    We found a number of feature pieces on bluegrass/acoustic artists in various print publications this past few days. Friday's Knoxville News Sentinel ran an interview with Abby Washburn of Uncle Earl. She talked about their upcoming CD, Waterloo, Tennessee, and having

  • From Led Zep to The g’Earls

    When we posted last week that audio samples from the upcoming Uncle Earl CD, Waterloo, Tennessee, were up on the Rounder site, we also mentioned that the new project had been produced by John Paul Jones, former bass player and

  • Uncle Earl – Waterloo, Tennessee

    Rounder Records has just posted audio samples from the upcoming release from Uncle Earl, Waterloo, Tennessee, their second for Rounder. It was produced by John Paul Jones (of Led Zeppelin fame) and features the same brand of raucous old time

  • Banjos in China

    I found an interesting piece on Xinhua online, an English language version of ChinaView.cn about a set of performances this weekend by Sparrow Quartet in Bejing. The group includes Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn on banjos, with Casey Driessen on