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  • Jesse McReynolds hospitalized in Nashville

    Legendary bluegrass mandolinist, vocalist, and songwriter Jesse McReynolds was rushed to the hospital this morning, where he is now undergoing surgery to repair a ruptured aneurysm. Doctors at Sumner Hospital in Gallatin, TN have rated his condition as serious. Now 88 years old, Jesse has been performing since he was a

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  • The Native Howl brings the thrash grass

    And now for something completely different... If you've been following bluegrass more than a few years, you'll have heard a number of hybrids mixing it with country music, or folk, old time, rock, hip hop, or jazz. We've seen acoustic heavy metal from The Stash Band, but it has fallen to

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  • 2017 IBMA World of Bluegrass haiku

    For some reason, some of my most popular columns have been on the subject of bluegrass haiku. It may be because of the close affinity between the Japanese and bluegrass music. So, in honor of the upcoming IBMA World of Bluegrass, and especially the reunion of legendary Japanese bluegrass band

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  • Tony Trischka’s Bucket List

    Tony Trischka performs at the American Banjo Museum (9/8/17) - photo by Americana Media Group Syracuse, NY native, Tony Trischka, was recently inducted into the American Banjo Museum Hall of Fame, and told us that there is nothing bigger and better than being recognized at this level. Though he plays many types

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  • Rhythm & Roots in black and white

    Billy Strings at the 2017 Rhythm & Roots Reunion - photo by Terry Herd Our own Terry Herd was on hand for this past weekend's Rhythm & Roots Reunion in Bristol, TN/VA, and captured this gallery of black and white images from the various stages along State Street. We'll have additional reporting

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  • Dudley Connell – a bluegrass man and his guitars

    Dudley Connell with The Johnson Mountain Boys playing his D-28 - photo by Peggy Detweiler Dudley Connell is best known for playing with two important Washington, DC bands – The Johnson Mountain Boys and The Seldom Scene. In a recent interview he shared this story about the instruments he's played with

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