• Noam Pikelny solo project in March

    Rounder Records has announced a March 2017 release for Universal Favorite, their first recording for Noam Pikelny. Noam’s last project, Noam Pikelny Plays Kenny Baker Plays Bill Monroe, brought him a handful of awards from the International Bluegrass Music Association in 2014. The album won him […]

    Noam Pikelny solo project in March
    | December 7, 2016 | 0 Comments
  • Ray Cardwell to Wilson Pickins

    Melanie Wilson with Wilson Pickins Promotions has announced the addition of bluegrass singer Ray Cardwell to her stable of artists. Ray has returned to pursue a career in our music following a layoff of several years, after having dedicated much of his youth to performing. He is […]

    Ray Cardwell to Wilson Pickins
    | December 7, 2016 | 0 Comments
  • Mountains of Music Homecoming 2017

    Yesterday afternoon in Abingdon, VA, the The Crooked Road held a press conference at their Heartwood Center to announce the details of the 2017 Mountains of Music Homecoming. The Crooked Road is a public/private partnership between the state and local communities and businesses to boost tourism […]

    Mountains of Music Homecoming 2017
    | December 7, 2016 | 0 Comments
  • Quiz: Are you a bluegrass diva?

    The concept of bluegrass “success” is a subjective one, especially in a world where the majority of bluegrass professionals hold at least an off-season day job (for what it’s worth, this was once true of professional athletes, too). Last week, I suggested that you can […]

    Quiz: Are you a bluegrass diva?
    | December 7, 2016 | 0 Comments
  • The bluegrass band that keeps on giving, and giving

    In March 2015 we reported on the charitable work that the Ocotillo Rain and Thunder Bluegrass Band was doing. Recently we learned that they had collected over $10,000 in two years. That’s a remarkable achievement. Members of the 11-piece southern Arizona bluegrass band have been […]

    The bluegrass band that keeps on giving, and giving
    | December 6, 2016 | 0 Comments

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Noam Pikelny solo project in March

Rounder Records has announced a March 2017 release for Universal Favorite, their first recording for Noam Pikelny. Noam’s last project, Noam Pikelny Plays Kenny Baker Plays Bill Monroe, brought him a handful of awards from the International Bluegrass Music Association in 2014. The album won him […]

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Ray Cardwell to Wilson Pickins

Melanie Wilson with Wilson Pickins Promotions has announced the addition of bluegrass singer Ray Cardwell to her stable of artists. Ray has returned to pursue a career in our music following a layoff of several years, after having dedicated much of his youth to performing. He is […]

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Jeremy Stephens leaving Chuck Wagon Gang

Jeremy Stephens has announced that he will give up his position as guitarist and bass singer with The Chuck Wagon Gang at the end of this month. He has spent the last six years touring with the venerable Gospel group who have been performing under […]

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Cleverlys to Moonstruck Management

Moonstruck Management has announced the signing of bluegrass parody act, The Cleverlys, to their talent roster. The group takes on the pose of a family band, led by a Digger Cleverly, Sr. who plays guitar and sings lead. When the group first emerged a few years […]

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UNC School of Music adds bluegrass concentration

The School of Music at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley will begin offering a new Folk and Bluegrass Studies program starting in the Fall of 2017. This will be an instrumental concentration in the common bluegrass instruments for any UNC students in the music department. […]

Bluegrass At Large

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2016 Red Wine Bluegrass Party

This report is a contribution from Martino Coppo, mandolinist and vocalist with Italy’s Red Wine. Each year they host a themed show where they live in northern Italy called Red Wine Bluegrass Party, and Martino sends along some photos and a description. The Red Wine Bluegrass Party […]

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East Tennessee wildfire relief

We’ve received a number of questions and suggestions about relief efforts for the many residents of East Tennessee who have been burned out, or lost their employment because of the recent wildfires near Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg. A good many of the people affected are […]

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Reflections on the destructive wildfires in East Tennessee

As I sit down to write tonight, there is a lit candle putting off a beautiful warm glow, with a slight fragrance of fir. I pack my pipe, and light it, and the smoke begins to fill my office. Then, I realize something. These things […]

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Strum Machine brings an accompanist to you

Most anyone who has worked to learn a musical instrument knows how useful it would be to have a buddy who would sit with you and strum along while you practice new songs. Often small errors in timing and meter can slip by before you […]

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Pigeon Forge fire takes Hatfield Music

Folks in east Tennessee have been watching closely this past few days as wildfires crept ever closer to Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, both major tourist destinations south of Knoxville. Last night, both cities were evacuated by local authorities as the fires quickly moved into town, […]

Bluegrass in the Media

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Away In A Manger from Redhead Express

Redhead Express is sharing their Christmas spirit this season with a music video of their arrangement of the classic, Away In A Manger. Featuring the four Walker sisters from Alaska, redheads all, the video captures their blending of the bluegrass instruments with the familiar sound […]

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Lyric video for Bells Of Home

Circa Blue has produced a lyric video for the title track and first single from their Christmas album, Bells Of Home, with Dawn Kenney. The song, written by David Morris and Dawn Kenney, is based on a 1944 Christmas Day battle in Belgium, during the Battle of […]

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Bluegrass: Funnier Than It Sounds coming soon

A few months ago we told you about a book of bluegrass cartoons from Rick Cornish that would soon be available. Rick is a lifetime member of the California Bluegrass Association, a determined bluegrass picker, and an amateur humorist and cartoonist. Well, he’s about to […]

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Rex McGee – Banjo Playing Enigma

Bud Bennett, archivist at Radford University in Virginia, has released another set of his interview videos with top banjo players.  Over recent months he has recorded lengthy, detailed conversations with banjo masters like Butch Robins, Sammy Shelor, Jens Kruger, and John Bullard plus one with innovative […]

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Punch Brothers live video for Bedstock

What would you call an online music festival where popular artists and entertainers are asked to make a video of themselves performing in bed? Why Bedstock, of course! The idea is to request donations to make music available for children and teens who are stuck sick in […]

Latest Events News

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Mountains of Music Homecoming 2017

Yesterday afternoon in Abingdon, VA, the The Crooked Road held a press conference at their Heartwood Center to announce the details of the 2017 Mountains of Music Homecoming. The Crooked Road is a public/private partnership between the state and local communities and businesses to boost tourism […]

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Thomas Point Beach lives again

One of the most enjoyable and relaxing festivals I ever attended back in the 1980s was the Thomas Point Beach Bluegrass Festival near Brunswick in southern Maine. A perfectly bucolic setting, along a sandy beach on one of the area’s many tidal inlets, the event had been […]

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Sad news from Camp Springs Music Foundation

We heard today from Becky Johnson with the Camp Springs Music Foundation in North Carolina. These are the folks who have been attempting to purchase the old campground and site for the legendary Camp Springs festivals once hosted by Carlton Haney and his brother Charles. […]

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Circa Blue Christmas tour starts soon

Here’s another bluegrass Christmas tour getting ready to start up next month. Circa Blue will be performing selections from their new Bells Of Home CD in a series of concerts centered around our nation’s capitol in December. Just as on the album, they will be […]

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SOIMF makes donation to Dayton Honor Squad

If you are the type who donates time and treasure to charitable causes, you know how habit-forming it can be. The feeling of satisfaction you get from assisting deserving and worthwhile endeavors is something that many folks cherish. Just so with Joe Mullins and his […]

Latest Reviews

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Heidi & Ryan… worth the wait

For this reviewer, the most anticipated album of 2016 has been this self-titled, debut project from Heidi & Ryan on Mountain Fever Records. It’s been on my mind since I first saw them perform live at the SPBGMA convention in Nashville this past winter, and […]

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All the Rage, Volume One – Rhonda Vincent & the Rage

Even if you get to see your favorite band multiple times a year, it’s still a treat when they release a live album. If done right, live albums capture bands at the top of their game. They’re filled with hits, fan favorites, and perhaps a […]

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David Davis & the Warrior River Boys return to the Northeast

David Davis & the Warrior River Boys journeyed from Alabama to the snowy northeast November 26 and 27 for concerts in Bainbridge and Porter Corners, NY, for the Jericho Arts Council and Adirondack Bluegrass League. They drew solid crowds of traditional bluegrass fans. And they SATISFIED. […]

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Year Of The Dog – Grant Gordy and Ross Martin

Fans of flatpicking guitar are as inclined to find the two guitar duo as the ideal place to practice their art as they are the fuller sound of a full bluegrass band. The lead lines don’t have to fight against a full rhythm section to be […]

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Colors & Crossroads – Sideline

Though Sideline was originally formed as a side project for several prominent musicians during the winter bluegrass off-season, the group has become a full-fledged touring and recording act. There have been a few changes to the band’s lineup, but they’ve maintained a driving, traditional sound […]

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And the 2017 Grammy nominees are…

| December 6, 2016 | 0 Comments

The nominees have been announced for the 59th Annual Grammy Awards this morning, and our eyes quickly jumped to the all-important Best Bluegrass Album category. We understand there are others as well. And the nominees for Best Bluegrass Album are… Original Traditional – Blue Highway, Label: Rounder Records […]

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Faster and Farther coming from Darin & Brooke

| December 2, 2016 | 0 Comments

Mountain Home Music has announced February 10 as the release date for the next album from Darin & Brooke Aldridge, Faster And Farther. It will be their sixth record for the North Carolina-based label. The husband-and-wife team has spent part of this year touring with John […]

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Carter Stanley – 50 Years On

| December 1, 2016 | 0 Comments

December 1, 2016, marks the 50th anniversary of the passing of Carter Stanley, described as an Appalachian mountain musical legend. With the passage of five decades, fewer of us have been alive long enough to have seen Carter Stanley onstage, some may have done so, […]

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Are you a travel fussbudget?

| November 30, 2016 | 0 Comments

How do we define “success” in the bluegrass music business? We certainly can’t do it by the standards used in the mass market music world, where success is considered to have been achieved when you own your own airplane and can no longer appear in […]

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Fourth and Goal from Dukes of Drive

| November 30, 2016 | 0 Comments

It’s football season, everybody, or hadn’t you noticed? The college season is coming to its conclusion and the NFL is hitting the backstretch. And Terry Baucom, a dedicated fan of his Carolina Panthers, and his Dukes Of Drive has released a new single to radio with […]

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