Herb Lambert, master mandolinist and teacher from western North Carolina has died at 88 years of age. He was known for his ability to play in the Bill Monroe style, and for carrying those techniques forward to songs other than one Monroe had himself recorded. […]
In addition to his new position as Chair of the IBMA Board of Directors, Joe Mullins is the fearless leader of his own touring bluegrass band, The Radio Ramblers. Already an experienced stage pro when he launched the group in 2006, Mullins had grown up in a […]
With October 7 set as the release date for Fiddler’s Dream, Michael Cleveland’s first solo record in ten years time, we took advantage of an opportunity to speak with Michael about the new album, and what has changed for him artistically over the past decade. […]
Congratulations to Sons of the South who took first place in the Mountain Fever bluegrass band contest this past weekend at the Bluegrass Island Festival on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. As winners, they receive a booking at the 2017 festival with a $2,000 fee, plus ten […]
Colorado fiddler and string educator Annie Savage has a new book, Join The Jam, designed to help string musicians become more comfortable in the somewhat daunting jam session environment. It is meant both for the string student and their teachers. In the book, Savage seeks […]
The Bankesters came to World of Bluegrass 2016 to spread the word about their upcoming Nightbird album on Compass Records, and do some networking within the industry. Everything was going swimmingly until this morning, when Phil headed out to the hotel parking lot to hop in […]
The Grammy Award for bluegrass will continue for a few more years, attendees at IBMA’s World of Bluegrass were told Tuesday in Raleigh, where some high profile industry representatives launched an education campaign to ensure the category continues for many more years beyond that. Only […]
It’s not terribly uncommon for companies to release new products or gadgets at trade shows and conventions. Such is the case with at least one company participating in the IBMA World of Bluegrass festivities this week in Raleigh, North Carolina. The good people at G7th capos […]
Congratulations to Blue Highway’s Wayne Taylor, who is set to be conducted into the Virginia Country Music Hall of Fame next week! He will be among prestigious company, as the Hall of Fame includes such luminaries as Patsy Cline, Mother Maybelle Carter, and Dr. Ralph […]
The Bluegrass, Old Time, and Country Music Studies program at East Tennessee State University is hosting a reception next Wednesday afternoon during the World of Bluegrass convention for Alumni and friends. It will be held from 5:00-6:30 p.m. in Room 306A at the Raleigh Convention Center. […]
Frank Baker shot a great many photos at last night’s International Bluegrass Music Awards. Here is a gallery of some of them.
Sometimes it’s difficult to cope with the fact that many legends within bluegrass are aging. It’s especially tough hearing about their ailments, and worse yet when we all too often learn of their passing. We’ve lost far too many of them in the last year. […]
Here is a gallery of Frank Baker’s images from Wednesday at World of Bluegrass 2016. He’s shooting the awards show tonight, and we’ll get his photos up as soon as we can.
It seems that a lot of folks haven’t gotten the word that there is no live stream of the International Bluegrass Music Awards Show from Raleigh tonight. The IBMA let us know a few weeks ago that they had lost a major sponsor that made […]
Wednesday was another day of overwhelming options with so many cool things to see and learn about. There were the obvious music showcases of performers, the Momentum Awards Luncheon, and workshops on many aspects of the business. One of the things I find people often have […]
Here is Frank Baker’s final round of images from Thursday afternoon at World of Bluegrass 2016.
Frank Baker was on hand last night when Lonesome River Band performed at The Lincoln Theatre in Raleigh for an official kick off celebration for the IBMA’s 2016 World of Bluegrass.
Deb Miller of B Chord Photography was on hand during last weekend’s Bluegrass Island Festival, held in Manteo on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. She shared a number of her images from the festival, including what was the highlight for many attendees, the special […]
Nothin’ Fancy had a perfect weather weekend for their 16th festival this past weekend. Remington Ryde opened Friday’s show to a “ready for some bluegrass music” crowd. They were followed by multi-IBMA award nominees, Flatt Lonesome. Then Little Roy Lewis and Lizzy Long hit the stage […]
Nothin’ Fancy has what can only be described as “hardcore” fans, as evidenced by a fan’s fingernails we saw yesterday at the Nothin’ Fancy Festival in Buena Vista, VA. Mike Andes posed with the band’s new CD. He said something about “shameless self-promotion.” Jeff Scroggins […]
In the late 1940s through the ’50s, a style of American jazz music emerged that came to be know as cool jazz, characterized by more restrained and subtle soloing, and less hectic arrangements than the be-bop era that had preceded it. All the elements of […]
Mountain Fever Records has a good thing going over in the hills of southern Virginia. With a roster that includes enduring favorites like Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice and Grasstowne along with a host of rising stars such as Mountain Faith, Volume Five, and Dave […]
Don’t get me wrong, I love the Grascals. And while I love a lot of things about Kristin Scott Benson’s new solo project, Stringworks, one of the things I love best about it that it doesn’t sound like the band that she’s such an integral […]
Eastman Strings has been a friend to bluegrass for some time now, and one of its reps, Tim Finch, is a regular presence at World of Bluegrass, MerleFest, the Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival and elsewhere. But Tim doesn’t just sell Eastman mandolins, guitars and other stringed […]
When a band has been around for over twenty years (with a membership that has rarely changed), fans come to expect certain things. In the case of Blue Highway, which releases its eleventh studio album, Original Traditional, today, we expect to hear strong lead vocals, […]
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Today during their annual World of Bluegrass convention in Raleigh, NC, the IBMA distributed their 2016 Special Awards. These are honors for individuals and organizations who work behind the scenes in the bluegrass music industry, in radio, media, graphic arts, and festival management. The luncheon […]more
The indubitable Russell Carson, crack banjoist with Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder and enterprising bluegrass photographer/videographer, has posted the latest thing in music archiving – the POV video! Many types of action photography, from the sublime to the discreditable, now utilize this point of view […]more