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Bobby Osborne tribute at The Paramount in Bristol

10 hours agoMusic / Country : Bluegrass Today

On April 23, the Bluegrass, Old Time, Celtic & Country Music program at East Tennessee State University  hosted a special concert at the Paramount Center for the Arts in Bristol, TN. It was a tribute to Bobby and his more than 60 years performing bluegrass music all […]

Time to submit IBMA Special Awards recommendations

16 hours agoMusic / Country : Bluegrass Today

The International Bluegrass Music Association is now accepting recommendations for their 2016 Special Awards, to be presented during their upcoming World of Bluegrass convention in September. These are designated as “special” as they are not selected by a member ballot, but chosen by a committee set […]

Chris Jones & the Night Drivers in Kalamazoo

19 hours agoMusic / Country : Bluegrass Today

Bluegrass Today columnist and SiriusXM DJ Chris Jones brought the Night Drivers to the First Congregational Church in Kalamazoo, Michigan for a Great Lakes Acoustic Music Association (GLAMA) concert. The concert was held in the church’s chapel. It is an intimate setting for an enjoyable […]

Brad Hudson back to Carolina Road

21 hours agoMusic / Country : Bluegrass Today

Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road have welcomed Brad Hudson back to the band on reso-guitar full time. The eastern North Carolina native developed a fascination with Carolina Road’s music as a teen, and went to see them perform as often as possible. His hope to join the band […]

Ratio Sessions: Small Brown Bike performs “In Need of Everything” at Ratio Beerworks.

Small Brown Bike recording a Ratio sessions on January 23rd, 2016 Mostly Harmless has teamed up with Ratio Beerworks, Soda Jerk Presents and 8 Houses Down for The Ratio Sessions. The Ratio Sessions are a slightly different spin on the Npr Tiny Desk sessions, Daytrotter or Punks In Vegas acoustic video sessions. We took the idea of […]

What IBMA Can Learn from Merlefest

Leaders of IBMA and the city of Raleigh can breathe a little easier now that another year of MerleFest is in the books. The annual four-day roots music extravaganza in Wilkesboro, NC, was the first major music festival held in the state since the controversial […]

Mama Tried – single release from Rhonda Vincent

Rhonda Vincent has today released a new single to radio, her bluegrass version of the Merle Haggard classic, Mama Tried. Like so many country and bluegrass artists, Rhonda had been a lifelong Haggard fan, and had the opportunity to meet and open a show for him just […]

Right Beside You – Jeff White

I’ve been grinning like a possum when I hear Stringbean’s Run Little Rabbit Run on Sirius/XM, from Jeff White’s Right Beside You. It’s a blistering traditional bluegrass treatment of one of String’s “big hits”. The CD arrived in the mailbox, and as I hoped, the […]

Richard Ciferský to Dale Ann Bradley

A few months ago we shared an appeal from Slovak banjo picker and entrepreneur Richard Ciferský, who was seeking financial assistance with the legal costs of obtaining a work visa to play music in the United States. Richard had visited the US many times, but to work here legally […]

The Venues – The Hamilton Live

While bluegrass festivals are rightly credited as being the salvation of bluegrass music and have for decades provided the highlights for each summer, there are thousands of accommodating venues throughout the world that provide work for bluegrass bands during the winter months as well as […]

Monday Morning Video – Gillian Welch and David Rawlings “Miss Ohio”

yesterdayMusic / Country : Twangville

Eric Ambel’s recent cover of “Miss Ohio” (listen here) sent me scurrying back to Gillian Welch’s original version. It’s been in heavy rotation ever since. “Yeah, I wanna do right but not right now.”

Sunday Selections: May 1, 2016

Merle Haggard passed away on April 6th, and it has taken just about 20 days for people to try to politicize his death. … And, [...]

Stolen Resos Alert

Chris Hart of Rustburg, VA has reported the loss of two reso-guitars in a home break in. The two guitars taken were a pre war Norwood chimes and a newer Redline covergirl model. Pictures are attached to this post. Chris has the necessary documentation to prove […]

2016 Chris Austin Songwriting Contest winners

The winners in the 2016 Chris Austin Songwriting Contest at MerleFest have been announced. Finalists competed this afternoon by performing their songs before the judges, and the winners will get the opportunity to sing them again later today on one of the main stages. The results […]

Susto; Twangville Video Premiere!!!

4 days agoMusic / Country : Twangville

Susto is a Charleston, South Carolina band running all around the U.S. these days.  They’ve got a solid debut album along with a live session you can grab on Spotify etc. We’re pleased to debut their new video for “Cigarettes, Whiskey and Wine”  ahead of their appearance at Stagecoach.  It’s got your normal tour fare and […]

Into the Blue – Davis Bradley

For every headlining, nationally touring, IBMA Award-winning group out there, there are a dozen local or regional bluegrass acts keeping the roads hot and the little clubs and community centers packed. In the northern Virginia area, one of those groups is Davis Bradley, a new-ish […]

Mountains of Music schedule released for 2016

The good people with Virginia’s Crooked Road have released the schedule for their 2016 Mountains of Music Homecoming, a ten day series of concerts and festivals spread all across the southwestern part of the state celebrating all forms of mountain music. There’ll be bluegrass, old […]

Readers’ Pick: Seven Sonnets & A Song by Paul Kelly

4 days agoMusic / Country : Twangville

PAUL KELLY, Seven Sonnets & A Song beats out THE STRUMBRELLAS, Hope as your favorite for the week of April 15, 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’ Tops Spring 2016 WILLIE NILE, World […]

Americana Honors Prince

5 days agoMusic / Country : Twang Nation

“A strong spirit transcends rules.” Prince Prince not only appeared to transcended mortality he transcended genre. So it’s not surprising that songwriters and musicians across styles took his sudden death as a call to perform reverent Prince covers to fill the void. Roots music is no different. Though his music superficially differed from Americana and […]

Front Country Debut – Three Of A Perfect Pair

5 days agoMusic / Country : Twangville

 It’s been two years since progressive string band Front Country parlayed their Best Band wins at Telluride and Rockygrass into their first album, the critically-acclaimed Sake Of The Sound.  Since then they’ve been touring practically non-stop, playing everywhere from a cave in Tennessee to the legendary Fillmore in San Francisco. While that hasn’t given them […]

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