How many characters does it take to spell out a bluegrass song?

By |June 1st, 2016|Trends|

I have to say, as objectively as I can, that one of the things I like best about satellite radio is the display that tells us what artist we’re listening to, and what the song title is. This technology has

How to book yourself without an agent

By |May 31st, 2016|Trends|

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

2016 NC Heritage Awards

By |May 31st, 2016|Trends|

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,

Deering introduces the Smile banjo bridge

By |May 31st, 2016|Trends|

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

IBMA Board Band at The Station Inn

By |May 31st, 2016|Trends|

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

Bobby Osborne to PledgeMusic

By |May 31st, 2016|Trends|

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

Ray Hesson passes

By |May 27th, 2016|Trends|

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

Croweology coming May 31

By |May 27th, 2016|Trends|

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

Po’ Ramblin’ Boys on Best of Bluegrass

By |May 27th, 2016|Trends|

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

New album coming from Rob & Trey

By |May 27th, 2016|Trends|

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

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