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

Railroaders to Southern Belle

By |May 26th, 2016|Trends|

Southern Belle Booking has announced the signing of The Railroaders to the agency for exclusive representation. This is the new group recently formed with Shayne Bartley, Darren Beachley, Greg Luck, and David Carroll. They join Southern Belle artists Nathan Stanley,

KazCamp 2016 photos from Japan

By |May 26th, 2016|Trends|

Kaz Inaba sent along this brief report with photos from his annual KazCamp, a premiere annual event for bluegrass fans in Japan. I’d like to report that the 5th annual Kazuhiro Inaba Bluegrass Camp (KazCamp) was held successfully in Minoh, Osaka

Darned If I Don’t, Danged If I Do with Lorraine and Marty

By |May 26th, 2016|Trends|

Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road have released another music video from their Country Grass CD, this time with bluegrass and country star Marty Raybon in tow. It’s one of the most fun songs on the record, a grassy remake of

Alan Bibey Mandolin Camp launches this year

By |May 26th, 2016|Trends|

The 1st Annual Alan Bibey Mandolin Camp has been scheduled for later this summer, held in conjunction with the Ocean Lakes Bluegrass Festival in Surfside Beach, SC. Joining Alan on the faculty will be Danny Roberts from The Grascals, and

Radio Ramblers safe at home

By |May 25th, 2016|Trends|

This post is a contribution from popular bluegrass artist and radio man, Joe Mullins. He and The Radio Ramblers are celebrating 10 years together with their very first tour of England and Switzerland this week. Joe has has been sending photos and stories

Long I Ride from Special C

By |May 25th, 2016|Trends|

Special Consensus has a long and storied history in bluegrass music. The Chicago-based outfit, headed by founding banjoist Greg Cahill, has been recording and touring worldwide for 41 years. We spoke recently with Greg about the band, and their new

Poor Boy’s Pleasure from Junior Sisk this weekend

By |May 25th, 2016|Trends|

This coming weekend at the Chantilly Farm Bluegrass & BBQ Festival in Floyd, VA Junior Sisk will officially release his first album for Mountain Fever Records, Poor Boy’s Pleasure. Fans will be able to purchase a copy at the festival,

Writes a great hook, and can stay back on the change up

By |May 25th, 2016|Trends|

Back in the days when I served on the IBMA Board, as I think I’d mentioned in a previous column, it was a simpler and less stressful time, a time before social media and the clip-on tuner. I also pointed

Buddy Merriam celebrates 25 years on WUSB

By |May 25th, 2016|Trends|

WUSB has been on the air in Long Island, NY since 1977 from the campus of Stony Brook University. And since 1991, Buddy Merriam has broadcast bluegrass music over their air on Wednesday nights from 6:00-8:00 p.m. For those of

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