• Herb Lambert

    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. […]

    Herb Lambert
    | September 30, 2016 | 0 Comments
  • 2016 IBMA Awards show photos

    Frank Baker shot a great many photos at last night’s International Bluegrass Music Awards. Here is a gallery of some of them.

    2016 IBMA Awards show photos
    | September 30, 2016 | 0 Comments
  • Frank Baker’s Thursday photos at WOB ’16

    Here is Frank Baker’s final round of images from Thursday afternoon at World of Bluegrass 2016.

    Frank Baker’s Thursday photos at WOB ’16
    | September 30, 2016 | 0 Comments
  • Bankesters suffer first casualty of IBMA

    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 […]

    Bankesters suffer first casualty of IBMA
    | September 29, 2016 | 0 Comments
  • James King Memorial at World of Bluegrass 2016

    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. […]

    James King Memorial at World of Bluegrass 2016
    | September 29, 2016 | 0 Comments

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Herb Lambert

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. […]

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Radio Ramblers making their mark

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 […]

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Michael Cleveland talks Fiddler’s Dream

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. […]

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Sons of the South win at OBX

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 […]

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Join The Jam! from Annie Savage

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 […]

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Bankesters suffer first casualty of IBMA

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 […]

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Bluegrass Grammy Safe, For Now

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 […]

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G7 Heritage Series Capo

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 […]

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Wayne Taylor To Be Inducted Into The Virginia Country Music Hall Of Fame

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 […]

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ETSU hosting Alumni & Friends reception at WOB

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. […]

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2016 IBMA Awards show photos

Frank Baker shot a great many photos at last night’s International Bluegrass Music Awards. Here is a gallery of some of them.

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James King Memorial at World of Bluegrass 2016

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. […]

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More Wednesday photos from WOB ’16

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.

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2016 IBMA Awards results

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 […]

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Tara’s Wednesday World of Bluegrass report

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 […]

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Frank Baker’s Thursday photos at WOB ’16

Here is Frank Baker’s final round of images from Thursday afternoon at World of Bluegrass 2016.

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Lonesome River Band at The Lincoln Theatre

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.

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Photos from the OBX Bluegrass Festival

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 […]

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More photos from Nothin’ Fancy 2016

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 […]

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Thursday at Nothin’ Fancy ’16

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 […]

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Unbound – Kenny & Amanda Smith

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 […]

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Welcome Home – Gospel Plowboys

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 […]

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Kristin Scott Benson’s Stringworks Sings

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 […]

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‘Neath a Midnight Sky – Eastman String Band

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 […]

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Original Traditional – Blue Highway

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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2016 IBMA Special Awards

| September 29, 2016 | 0 Comments

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 […]

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The latest thing: POV jam videos

| September 29, 2016 | 0 Comments

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 […]

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Momentum Awards photos from WOB ’16

| September 29, 2016 | 0 Comments

Here are some sights and sounds from yesterday’s Momentum Awards luncheon during World of Bluegrass 2016 in Raleigh, NC.  

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Another Tuesday World of Bluegrass report

| September 28, 2016 | 0 Comments

A couple of the sessions at Tuesday’s first day of World of Bluegrass 2016 dealt with the state of the industry, and band composition. Points of view were given by a talent buyer, a booking agent, a band manager, a record executive, and a band […]

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More photos from IBMA ’16

| September 28, 2016 | 0 Comments

Here are some more of Frank Baker’s images from World of Bluegrass 2016, encompassing both Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning/afternoon.

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