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Congratulations Jimmy and Mikaela

More joyous bluegrass nuptials to announce, this time from Sweden. Jimmy Sunnebrandt, bass player with G2 Bluegrass Band, was married on August 22 to Mikaela Eriksson. She is also a musician and a bass player, which is precisely how the pair met. Both are multi-instrumentalists and lovers […]

Raw, Rested, and Ready

The recording of bluegrass music, both in the studio and in live performance has undergone a lot of changes in the past decade or two. We’ve seen the introduction of YouTube, digital editing and pitch correction, and the advent of the single-serve coffee machine in […]

Mea Culpa! A Special Summer Playlist, Part 3

2 days agoMusic / Country : Twangville

Hard Work, Christopher Paul Stelling (from the Anti Records release Labor Against Waste) Count Labor Against Waste among the most powerful albums that you’ll hear this year. Wandering troubadour Stelling uses his songs to offer tautShow More Summary

David Peterson and The Lindsey Family – two sides of bluegrass Gospel

Two new albums that came in recently cover the wide range of current bluegrass Gospel music so perfectly, that it seems appropriate to review them together. The first comes from David Peterson, whose Old Time Power serves as a classic representation of the way Gospel bluegrass […]

Breakthrough: The Gibson Brothers Story

Andy Flynn is the editor of The Lake Placid News, and a valued correspondent here at Bluegrass Today. As a long-time fan of bluegrass music, he’s taken a special interest in the rise of The Gibson Brothers, the only bluegrass superstars to emerge from his […]

Jason Burleson model banjo from Prucha

Jaroslav Prucha has introduced a new artist signature model to his line of professional grade bluegrass instruments, made in the Czech Republic. This one is for banjo player Jason Burleson of Blue Highway, and has his signature engraved in an inlay block at the 19th fret. It’s […]

Vote tonight for Mountain Faith!

If you’ve been following North Carolina’s Mountain Faith Band as they move through the competition on America’s Got Talent – and even if you haven’t – tonight (8/25) is the first time that audience votes will affect the outcome. The band has done a brilliant […]

Kids Academy at Gettysburg 2015

Frank Baker shred this gallery from The Kids Academy at the August Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival, held earlier this month. And he’s not done yet!

Cane Mill Road in Argentina: an update 

In April we mentioned that the Deep Gap, North Carolina, band Cane Mill Road had been invited to participate in a youth El Concierto En Iguazu (Iguazu in Concert) that took place in Argentina from 25 to 30 May, 2015. The three youngsters had to raise […]

A major award for Buddy Merriam

Buddy Merriam, who has spent the past 35 years performing traditional and original bluegrass music with his band, Back Roads, has been selected by the Long Island Music Hall of Fame as a recipient of their Long Island Sound award, also known as a LISA. These awards are […]

Brown County Bluegrass Festival celebrates 25th anniversary

This coverage of the Brown County Fest is a contribution from Artie Werner, bass player/booking agent for The Missy Werner Band, and husband of The Missy Werner. Festival promoter Don Morgan, along with son Rob, achieved a milestone this past weekend as they celebrated the […]

Matt Phelan is Probably Cooler Than You

4 days agoMusic / Country : Nine Bullets

For the last five months Matt Phelan, bassist for the now defunct Truckstop Darlin’, has been hiking across the country. At this point he’s covered over 2,100 miles, on foot! He’s been hiking The Pine Crest Trail from Mexico and is currently in Washington, headed for Canada. As far as social media goes he’s been […]

Father’s House video from Mipso

North Carolina has produced its share of celebrated folk musicians, especially from the western Appalachian region. Much of what we know as bluegrass today percolated in those hills, just as it did in Bill Monroe’s Kentucky. The newest North Carolina sensation is Mipso, a group of […]

Monday Morning Video – Randy Newman & Friends

4 days agoMusic / Country : Twangville

Randy Newman is one of my favorite songwriters, as adept at breaking your heart with a meditation on loss as he is at riling you up with satirical commentary on the state of politics and society. Of course there’s also his impressive array of movie soundtracks, from “Toy Story” to “the Natural.” Here he is […]

Having a Coffee with … Pete Wernick

This is fun series in which we ask bluegrass music personalities, some famous, some not so famous, about some of their interests as well as about the music that they love.   Joining me for coffee this morning is Peter Wernick, otherwise known as Dr […]

Single Review: Carrie Underwood, “Smoke Break”

“Smoke Break” Carrie Underwood Written by Chris DeStefano, Hillary Lindsey, and Carrie Underwood “Smoke Break” is a remarkably good attempt at a working class anthem. It’s so stylistically different from the “rah rah, let’s party this weekend” approach that has made drinking synonymous with adolescent behavior in modern country music. Show More Summary

Joey Kneiser / Kelly Smith – Live From Standard Deluxe – Release

If you aren’t living under a rock then you’ve probably already heard about this release by the time this post goes live but here are the details straight from Cory over at This Is American Music: Hey guys, so I think most of y’all are aware that a Joey Kneiser full length is coming out […]

New video from Dale Ann Bradley

Pinecastle Records has released a new music video from their new album by Dale Ann Bradley, Pocket Full Of Keys. It’s a superb record full of the sort of simple and sincere song delivery we have come to expect from this 5-time recipient of the Female […]

Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats – Self Titled – 2015

My introduction to Nathaniel Rateliff was the 2012 Revival Tour; I’d gone to see Cory Branan and Chuck Ragan, but the rest of the audience was there to see Laura Jane Grace (then Tom Gabel) and an impromptu Alkaline Trio reunion. I hadn’t expected Rateliff. Instead of a shouting folk set or a swaggering punk […]

Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats – Self Titled – 2015

  My introduction to Nathaniel Rateliff was the 2012 Revival Tour; I’d gone to see Cory Branan and Chuck Ragan, but the rest of the audience was there to see Laura Jane Grace (then Tom Gabel) and an impromptu Alkaline Trio reunion. I hadn’t expected Rateliff. Instead of a shouting folk set or a swaggering […]

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