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Mayer’s Picks – the Best of 2016 (So Far), the Albums

3 days agoMusic / Country : Twangville

It’s been a good year for music so far this year (and the rest of the year is shaping up quite nicely, too). Here, in no particular order, are some of my favorite releases from the first half of 2016. WILLOW SPRINGS by MICHAEL MCDERMOTT Michael McDermott channels life’s hardships, both his own and those […]

Bean Blossom – a view from the board

This article is a contribution from Tom Feller, one half of the bluegrass performing duo Feller & Hill, studio operator and musician, and a skilled and experienced live audio engineer. It’s a follow-up to a piece he wrote in 2014 offering comments on what he experienced running […]

Poor Boy’s Pleasure – Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice

The opening track of Junior Sisk’s new album, Poor Boy’s Pleasure, kicks of with a moonshining song. I know! I’m as shocked as you are. Sisk, the bluegrass pride of Franklin County, VA is among the most renowned vocalists in our music, and has been […]

WGVU covers Charlotte Bluegrass Festival

Bill Warren wasn’t the only only covering the 2016 Charlotte Bluegrass Music Festival last week in Michigan. Public television station WGVU sent Patrick Center to cover the festivities for the station’s Newsmakers program. Center spoke with Wes Pettinger, who promotes the festival, and several of the performers about their […]

Jaemor Farms to host winter concert series in Georgia

Edgar Loudermilk has announced a winter bluegrass concert series to keep the music ringing at Jaemor Farms in Alto, GA, the site of Edgar’s Bluegrass Farm Jam Festival in April of this year. The Barn at Jaemor Farms can seat just under 250 people for intimate shows and […]

The Birchmere celebrates 50th anniversary

The legendary bluegrass music listening venue in Alexandria, Virginia, The Birchmere, passed its 50th anniversary on April 4. Initially, the bar, with a capacity of between 150 and 200 seats, was located in Shirlington – just down the highway from the Pentagon – and served […]

Friday and Saturday at Charlotte

Friday dawned sunny and warm for an ideal bluegrass festival day at the 2016 Charlotte Bluegrass Festival in Charlotte, MI. A group of young siblings calling themselves Sugar Creek Bluegrass opened the show. They range in age from seven to twenty from the Columbus, OH […]

Monday Morning Video – Matt the Electrician Covers Rick Springfield

4 days agoMusic / Country : Twangville

We’re going to keep with the covers theme this week. The video quality is a bit iffy on this one, but Matt the Electrician’s humor and personality shine on his cover of this Rick Springfield classic. “In a very real way, as well as a metaphysical way, I think Rick is inside each and every […]

Townes Van Zandt Remembered By His Son “J.T.” Van Zandt

John Townes “J.T.” Van Zandt shares powerful memories of his father – his absence, his demons, his genius. And finding his own path. … I dare you not to tear up.

100 Years of the Martin Dreadnought guitar

The Martin Dreadnought guitar. It has been said that it has changed the face of popular music. Hank Williams had one (the 1941 D-28 now owned by Neil Young), Bill Monroe had one, so did Gene Autry, Doc Watson, Jerry Garcia, John Lennon and Paul […]

I Found My Daddy’s Grass from Mickey Galyean

Rebel Records has released a single from Mickey Galyean & Cullen’s Bridge ahead of their first album for the label, expected later this summer. It’s the title track for the album, I Found My Daddy’s Grass, written by Cullen’s Bridge banjo picker Rick Pardue, who […]

Irene Kelley celebrates These Hills in Nashville

For years Irene Kelley has been one of the best kept secrets in Nashville, weaving her magic into song after song for artists like Ricky Skaggs, Alan Jackson, Trisha Yearwood, Loretta Lynn, Rhonda Vincent, Carl Jackson, Claire Lynch, Pure Prairie League, the Osborne Brothers and others. But last night it was her […]

Wilson Banjo picks up Dale Perry

The bluegrass festival season is just getting underway in earnest for 2016, and already the big news is the return of David Parmley to the circuit with his stellar band, Cardinal Tradition. Standing on stage with David on the five is Dale Perry, as he […]

Thursday at Charlotte 2016

Thursday started out as the one day at Charlotte that always happens – a little chilly and misty. Late afternoon brought warmth and a little sunshine and the rest of the weekend promises lots of sun and warmth. Local bands were the Thursday theme. Michigan […]

Readers’ Pick: Colvin & Earle by Shawn Colvin & Steve Earle

last weekMusic / Country : Twangville

SHAWN COLVIN & STEVE EARLE, Colvin & Earle beats out ALLEN TOUSSAINT, American Tunes as your favorite for the week of June 10, 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 […]

Chuck Stearman passes

Charles Ray Stearman, the founder of the long running Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America, has died at 79. Known as Chuck to family and friends, he had been living in a nursing facility in Brookfield, MO, a short distance from his family home […]

Instrument Petting Zoo in Charlotte, MI

Wednesday at the Charlotte Bluegrass Festival saw the debut of the Southeast Michigan Bluegrass Music Association’s “instrument petting zoo.” The “kids of all ages” ranged from a few months to – let’s just say well past a few months! SMBMA has had a goal of encouraging […]

Mile Twelve at Club Passim video

Club Passim is a venerated acoustic music club just across from Harvard University in Cambridge, MA. It is run by a membership-funded, non-profit arts organization which keeps the small, intimate setting largely as it has been since the basement location was first set up as […]

IBMM groundbreaking June 23

After several years of planning and fundraising, the International Bluegrass Music Museum in Owensboro, KY is ready to break ground for their new facility along the Ohio River in downtown Owensboro. A ceremonial groundbreaking is scheduled on June 23 at noon with the museum staff, Owensboro Mayor […]

Remembering Willie Kerr

Willie Kerr died last week and a part of bluegrass died with him. Unless you played or attended the two annual festivals at Gettysburg or shows in and around York, PA, you probably didn’t know Willie. But artists and fans alike should honor him. Willie […]

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