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Ralph Stanley funeral video available online

47 minutes agoMusic / Country : Bluegrass Today

WYMT television in Hazard, KY has made the video stream from yesterday evening’s funeral services for Ralph Stanley available on YouTube. Many lovers of Stanley’s raw version of mountain bluegrass music were tuned in last night as the services were streamed live. Station management apologized […]

Remembering Ralph Stanley – without muffins

47 minutes agoMusic / Country : Bluegrass Today

This is a column normally devoted to tongue-in-cheek coverage of bluegrass topics, faux advice, and the occasional bluegrass haiku, but one day after the public funeral of Ralph Stanley, I’m not exactly feeling in that spirit. There’s been eloquent writing about Ralph, I’m happy to […]

Mayer’s Picks – The Best of 2016 (So Far), the Songs Part 1

4 hours agoMusic / Country : Twangville

This has already been quite a year for songs. Here are just a few of my favorites from the first half of 2016. Unbroken Hearts and Call the Doctor, Austin Lucas (from the Last Chance Records release Between the Moon and the Midwest) Lucas tells his tale of life in the music business, set to […]

Joe Mullins shares the love

Joe Mullins had found a unique way to help promote Sacred Memories, his latest album with The Radio Ramblers for Rebel Records. Starting on Mothers Day, he launched a campaign called Shared The Link, Share The Love where he agreed to make a cash donation to […]

Why Did You Wander video from The Earls

Rounder has released a video from Rattle & Roar, their upcoming sophomore release from bluegrass supergroup, The Earls Of Leicester. It’s for the Flatt & Scruggs classic, Why Did You Wander, one written by Lester Flatt and Bill Monroe, and recorded in 1946 at the […]

Ralph Stanley Remembered

19 hours agoMusic / Country : Twangville

There’s a quote frequently used to describe how old blues musicians managed to get the sound they did despite having no formal training, “it’s in him, and it got to get out.”  That came to mind last weekend as I heard of the passing of Dr. Ralph Stanley.  Anyone who heard Stanley perform O Death, […]

Weiser 2016 report

21 hours agoMusic / Country : Bluegrass Today

Another great year has just concluded at the National Oldtime Fiddler’s Contest and Festival in Weiser, Idaho. New this year, folks all over the world could tune in on their computers and watch the main stage as it happens since the Festival has teamed up […]

Say What? – Cam on the Unifying Power of Music

Earlier this month, Cam gave an incisive NPR interview to Country Universe favorite Jewly Hight, in which the former psychology grad student shared her thoughts on the unifying power of music.

Tyler Collins to Darrell Webb

22 hours agoMusic / Country : Bluegrass Today

The Darrell Webb Band has announced the addition of Tyler Collins on reso-guitar. Tyler is already an experienced bluegrass pro at the age of 25. As a pre-teen, we was playing music with Sierra and Cody Hull, and was filling in with Sierra’s band, Highway […]

The State of American Acoustic Music

22 hours agoMusic / Country : Bluegrass Today

My fellow Americans: the state of acoustic music in our country is strong. Earlier last week in our Nation’s capital many were sitting down for principle. By week’s end, throngs were standing up in repeated ovation for American Acoustic music, recognizing it as a national […]

Geoff Bartley and Boston’s Golden Age of Bluegrass

In bluegrass songs, good times are either past and gone or expected in a future beyond the grave, but in the present, times are hard. The hammer is too heavy, the road is rough and rocky, and the bucket has a hole in it. Once […]

Stringworks coming soon from Kristin Scott Benson

Watching Kristin Scott Benson on stage with The Grascals, it’s easy to imagine her as the shy and retiring type. She rarely if ever speaks, and doesn’t often even smile. Just a little lady and her banjo quietly driving the band forward song after song. But when […]

Stanley funeral to be broadcast on WYMT

WYMT, the CBS television affiliate in Hazard, KY, has announced that they will be broadcasting Ralph Stanley’s funeral services tomorrow evening (6/28) starting at 6:00 p.m. (EDT). Plans for the celebration of Dr. Stanley’s life are as follows: The family will receive friends at Hills […]

Hittin’ the Road with Marcus Blacke

2 days agoMusic / Country : Twangville

Going on tour is daunting enough. Hours on the road getting to the next gig, trying to keep up with life via cell phone and typically trying eat healthy, cheaply or some combination of the two. Oh, and occasionally you get to the fun part – playing the show. Now imagine traveling halfway around the […]

Michael Cleveland/Mono Neon mashup on Jerusalem Ridge

What happens when you mashup an incognito jazz bassist with a incomparable bluegrass improvisor like Michael Cleveland? Well, it’s hard to explain in words; we’ll just have to show you. It all started on May 21 at ForestFest in the Jefferson National Forest near Louisville, Kentucky. […]

Let Her Roll from Kathy Boyd & Phoenix Rising

Oregon’s Kathy Boyd & Phoenix Rising has a new single available to bluegrass radio, a bluesy train song from Steve Spurgin called Let Her Roll. The track will be included on 40 Years of Lonesome, Kathy and the band’s 6th album, when it is released. The single is […]

Hinson Girls to Wilson Pickins

Melanie Wilson has announced the signing of The Hinson Girls to her Wilson Pickins Bluegrass Promotions agency. The four sisters from Lancaster, SC pick and sing contemporary bluegrass and Gospel music. They have been performing together on the circuit since 2009, and as they have grown […]

Monday Morning Video – Escondido Take on an Everly Brothers Classic

2 days agoMusic / Country : Twangville

We’re going to continue our string of covers for another week. Escondido passed through Boston two weeks ago and delivered a mighty fine performance. They rocked through most of the set but slowed things down for a jaw-dropping take on the Everly Brothers “When Will I Be Loved.” In Boston they gave the song a […]

Sunday Selections: June 26, 2016

2016 has claimed yet another icon in “Doctor” Ralph Stanley. As the true giants of popular music continue to age, their passings are only going [...]

Ralph Stanley funeral to be open to the public

The Stanley family has announced that the funeral to be held for Ralph Stanley on Tuesday (June 28) will be open to fans and friends. It will be hosted at Hills of Home Park, the site of the annual Stanley festival of the same name....

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