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How to book yourself without an agent

If you are a booking agent or artist representative, don’t read this. It’s liable to give you hives. Canadian banjo master Jayme Stone is an acoustic artist that has blazed his own trails in the music business. Finding unique sources of funding for his work, […]

2016 NC Heritage Awards

This article is a contribution from Cindy Faulkner, a writer and bluegrass fan living near Raleigh, NC. Her more detailed conversation with Marc Pruett will run later this week. The NC Heritage Awards were given to eight recipients on May 25th, by the North Carolina Arts […]

Deering introduces the Smile banjo bridge

Deering Banjo Company has introduced a new banjo bridge design, so new that they have applied for a patent. Their Smile Bridge is so named for it’s unique shape, which does resemble a smile. The idea is to restrict the amount of stress on the […]

Bobby Osborne to PledgeMusic

At a time when most artists are slowing down a bit, bluegrass balladeer Bobby Osborne is still out there working and trying new things. Now 84 years old, Osborne has announced that he has started a crowd funding campaign with PledgeMusic to allows all his […]

IBMA Board Band at The Station Inn

In what is becoming a tradition during the annual Board of Directors meeting for the International Bluegrass Music Association, a performance has been scheduled for Sunday, June 5 by the official IBMA Board Band at Nashville’s Station Inn. Composed entirely of IBMA Directors, the band will […]

Mayer’s Playlist for May 2016, Part 2

9 hours agoMusic / Country : Twangville

ALBUMS OF THE MONTH Poor Man’s Bible by Mike June Mike June doesn’t pull his punches. At all. His latest release is filled with biting commentary about society, politics and religion. He approaches it with a working-man’s perspective, certainly jaded but with a spirit that flirts between combative and cautiously optimistic. “Big corporations too big […]

Monday Morning Video – Town Mountain Cover Bruce Springsteen

yesterdayMusic / Country : Twangville

North Carolina’s Town Mountain give Bruce Springsteen’s “I’m On Fire” a bluegrass make-over. Sounds mighty fine to me.

Readers’ Pick: On the Ropes by Honeycutters

3 days agoMusic / Country : Twangville

HONEYCUTTERS, On the Ropes beats out TOM PETTY & MUDCRUTCH, 2 as your favorite for the week of May 20, 2016. Poll Results New Releases Did we miss something? If you feel a new release is missing from our current poll, please let us know in the comments. Readers’ Top 25 Spring 2016 WILLIE NILE, World War […]

Episode 121: W.B. Walker’s Old Soul Radio Show Podcast (The Local Honeys, Belle Plaine, & Kayla Ray)

4 days agoMusic / Country : Nine Bullets

The Music Featured On This Weeks Episode Is From The Following Albums: The Local Honeys – Little Girls Actin’ Like Men (2016) Belle Plaine – The Unrequited Love (2016) Kayla Ray – Love & Liquor (2014) Thelocalhoneys.com Thelocalhoneys@gmail.com...Show More Summary

Ray Hesson passes

Ray Hesson, renowned banjoist from southern Maryland, died on Tuesday (May 24) after a long illness. He was 74 years of age. Born Raymond David Hesson on December 14, 1941, Ray was a fixture in the DC-area bluegrass scene since the 1960s when he taught […]

Croweology coming May 31

Rickey Wasson became synonymous with the sound of J.D. Crowe & The New South during the band’s final years. Singing lead and playing guitar, Rickey’s rich, soulful baritone covered all the hits Crowe had recorded with legends like Tony Rice, Keith Whitley, or Richard Bennett at […]

Po’ Ramblin’ Boys on Best of Bluegrass

In 2015, it took the Po’ Ramblin’ Boys 10 days to perform in 5 European countries, but on May 15, 2016, the red hot Boys made a stop in Louisville, KY and found a way to be in two places at the same time. Actually, it was […]

New album coming from Rob & Trey

Compass Records has announced a July 8 release date for The Country Blues, the sophomore project from Rob Ickes & Trey Hensley. Their unique sound is based on Rob’s stunning mastery of the reso-guitar and Trey’s soulful country/bluegrass singing and flatpicking guitar. Their act started as […]

Railroaders to Southern Belle

Southern Belle Booking has announced the signing of The Railroaders to the agency for exclusive representation. This is the new group recently formed with Shayne Bartley, Darren Beachley, Greg Luck, and David Carroll. They join Southern Belle artists Nathan Stanley, Bobby Osborne, Carolina Blue, and […]

KazCamp 2016 photos from Japan

Kaz Inaba sent along this brief report with photos from his annual KazCamp, a premiere annual event for bluegrass fans in Japan. I’d like to report that the 5th annual Kazuhiro Inaba Bluegrass Camp (KazCamp) was held successfully in Minoh, Osaka on May 21 – 22, […]

Mayer’s Playlist for May 2016, Part 1

5 days agoMusic / Country : Twangville

ALBUMS OF THE MONTH Between the Moon and the Midwest by Austin Lucas Austin Lucas wears his heart on his sleeve. He writes from a personal place, revealing – if not quite reveling in – tales of his adventures in love and music. “I look around and at 35 all I’ve got are songs,” he […]

Episode 299 – The Calm Before The Storm

5 days agoMusic / Country : Nine Bullets

SPECIAL PATREON/DONATION THANK YOU TO JEFFREY FIELDS, BRYAN CHILDS, GARY STAFFORD, JENNY O’MALLEY, JOHN MONDICK, JASON FITCH and JAY STOTT FOR THEIR SUPPORT! I’m not super energetic this episode. Kind of low key, really. But that’s only because I’m reserving my energy for the 300th episode! Still though, there’s a lot of great music in this episode. ENJOY! […]

Darned If I Don’t, Danged If I Do with Lorraine and Marty

Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road have released another music video from their Country Grass CD, this time with bluegrass and country star Marty Raybon in tow. It’s one of the most fun songs on the record, a grassy remake of Darned If I Don’t, Danged […]

Alan Bibey Mandolin Camp launches this year

The 1st Annual Alan Bibey Mandolin Camp has been scheduled for later this summer, held in conjunction with the Ocean Lakes Bluegrass Festival in Surfside Beach, SC. Joining Alan on the faculty will be Danny Roberts from The Grascals, and Gary Brown, Bibey’s cousin and […]

Radio Ramblers safe at home

This post is a contribution from popular bluegrass artist and radio man, Joe Mullins. He and The Radio Ramblers are celebrating 10 years together with their very first tour of England and Switzerland this week. Joe has has been sending photos and stories while they were away, and this […]

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