Rounder Records has announced a January 29, 2016 release for Weighted Mind, their third album for mandolin maven Sierra Hull. This one will be something of a departure for the young virtuoso, whose two previous releases featured her as singer/songwriter within a bluegrass ensemble. If […]
If you’re over a certain age, and grew up in flyover country, you undoubtedly spent a lot of time in a local establishment with pool tables, smoke-stained ceilings, mighty fine cheeseburgers, and a jukebox in the corner. The Blue Moon and the Downtowner were my particular favorites. Besides an appreciation for fresh ground, corn-fed chuck […]
As it always seems to do, video has surfaced of Steve Martin’s acceptance of a Distinguished Achievement Award during last week’s World of Bluegrass business conference in Raleigh, NC. Steve was honored for his lifetime of support for bluegrass music, and his recent career turn towards […]
In the ever-present debate on tradition vs. innovation in bluegrass music, I feel that the value of consistency is sometimes overlooked. It seems like bands are always seeking to change up their sound from one album to the next – adding in more country influences, […]
You may be used to this being my weekly humor column, unless you were one of the handful that missed that memo and thought this was deadly serious stuff I’ve been putting out every Wednesday (you have my sympathy, in that case). For the next […]
Here’s Tara Linhardt’s final gallery of images from last weekend’s festivities at Wide Open Bluegrass.
This profile of The Price Sisters is a contribution from Paul O. Jenkins, a published author and bluegrass/old time enthusiast. Identifying with Bill Monroe comes naturally to 21 year-old Lauren Price from Sardis, Ohio. “I’ve always had a reserved, even shy, disposition,” she says. “I […]
Promoters will have an unusual choice in 2016: They can book Adkins & Loudermilk or they can book Adkins or Loudermilk. Both Dave Adkins and Edgar Loudermilk will release solo albums early next year, and will book their bands as well as the duo. “We’re […]
Following her passing early this year, it has been revealed that prolific bluegrass songwriter Dixie Hall had left funds in her will for the establishment of an organization to assist institutions who are working to help young artists pursue bluegrass music. It was her wish that […]
When I first heard David Ramirez’s brilliant new release Fables, I was immediately struck by a lyric in “New Way of Living,” a poignant song about escaping the morass and finding a path forward. “There’s a plumber down in Arkansas, the best writer I ever met,” he sings, “When I asked where to find his […]
The Hazel Dickens Song Contest, sponsored by the DC Bluegrass Union, is now accepting entries for their 2nd annual competition. Named to honor the recently-departed bluegrass songwriter, the contest is a fundraiser for DCBU, who promote bluegrass and traditional music in the greater capitol area (Washington, […]
I know that there will always be folks arguing that we need more straight traditional bluegrass, or that they would like to hear and open up the music to the various folks who play bluegrass, and also fuse and blend it with other genres like […]
Brevard, NC’s Carolina Blue have announced their affiliation with Southern Belle Booking, managed by Leslie Brown in Burlington. There they join Nathan Stanley and Bobby Osborne who are also represented by Southern Belle. Carolina Blue is working now on a new album which should be […]
Bluegrass singer/songwriter Kim Robins has announced her intention to dissolve her 40 Years Late band, and come off the road. Hers is a story that will be familiar to a good many bluegrass artists. Kim Brummett was a popular vocalist as a teen in Indiana, and […]
If you ever want to fire up a room full of bluegrass fans, just ask them to define traditional bluegrass. Some will define it as the original 1945-46 Blue Grass Boys. Some will expand it to include a few second generation acts, while others will […]
Canadian roots rocker Colin Linden is one of those musicians’ musicians who has seemingly played with everyone during his long career, including Bob Dylan, Emmylou Harris, Lucinda Williams, Bruce Cockburn and several members of The Band. His latest album, Rich In Love, demonstrates why he is in demand as a guest musician in his adopted home of Nashville. […]
Todd powers shared this batch of images from Saturday’s stage shows during Wide Open Bluegrass.
Most folks think of IBMA and all the music being played on stages and in hallways and hotel rooms, but for folks taking a break from the music watching or playing, there are other fun options too, like their fantastic bluegrass music related films at […]
While much of the bluegrass world was getting rained on in Raleigh, Wayne Brewer and Alyssa Poteet were getting married Saturday (10/3) on the Brewer Family Farm in West Point, KY. Wayne plays bass and fiddle in his father’s group, Gary Brewer & the Kentucky […]
Here’s one of the best covers that I’ve heard in awhile. Kansas City musicians Madisen Ward and his mother Ruth, otherwise known as the Mama Bear, turn Fleetwood Mac’s “Dreams” into a soulful ballad.