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Special Bluegrass Weather Report for Halloween

The Bluegrass Blog - Thu, 2013/10/31 - 1:41pm
Here’s our Special Bluegrass Correspondent with an Extra Special Halloween edition of the Bluegrass Weather Report. Boo!  

Mountain Twerker video in production

The Bluegrass Blog - Thu, 2013/10/31 - 10:53am
I suppose it was inevitable. A music video for Mountain Twerker by The Darrell Brothers has been shot and is currently being edited for release. It will more fully explicate the story, which had to be told, of their sainted grandmother the boys say invented […]

13 Essential Halloween “BOO!-grass” Tunes

The Bluegrass Blog - Thu, 2013/10/31 - 8:29am
It’s Halloween, and all of the little ghosts and goblins are going to be knocking on neighborhood doors with a list of demands which we so easily meet. Most costumes these days require a lack of effort or creativity. There’s too many Justin Bieber and […]

On This Day #20 – Samantha Bumgarner

The Bluegrass Blog - Thu, 2013/10/31 - 6:48am
On This Day ………….. On October 31, 1878, the first lady of the old-time banjo music Samantha Bumgarner was born. Sarah Samantha Biddix, to give her maiden name, was born, according to her death certificate, in “Tennessee”, on Halloween during the same year that Black […]

American Pickers video from The Grascals

The Bluegrass Blog - Wed, 2013/10/30 - 5:11pm
Mountain Home has released a debut music video for their upcoming album for The Grascals, When I Get My Pay. The song featured here is a tribute written for one of Grascal Jamie Johnson’s favorite television programs, American Pickers, for which the song is titled. […]

Double Or Nothing – The Rigneys

The Bluegrass Blog - Wed, 2013/10/30 - 4:11pm
Double Or Nothing is the latest CD from The Rigneys, a family band that is successfully transitioning away from that pigeonhole. Most of the album focuses on the talents of eldest son Andrew Rigney, who plays guitar, sings all but two of the lead vocals, […]

Alan Jackson et al on Letterman

The Bluegrass Blog - Wed, 2013/10/30 - 9:27am
If you missed Alan Jackson and his all-star band last night on The Late Show with David Letterman – or just want to watch it again – the video is embedded below. He performed Blacktop from his current release, The Bluegrass Album, with Tim Crouch […]

Oozing tension and other studio tips

The Bluegrass Blog - Wed, 2013/10/30 - 8:08am
Going into the studio to record is something that all professional and semi-professional (and in some cases, complete amateur) musicians will do at some point in their careers, usually early and often. The studio, as anyone with experience can tell you, is a world full […]

Gentlemen of the Road Stopover – Troy, OH

The Bluegrass Blog - Wed, 2013/10/30 - 7:17am
At the end of the summer, Troy, OH welcomed one of Mumford & Sons’ Gentlemen of the Road Stopover Sessions. For two memorable days, the Gentlemen of the Road took over the city of Troy and filled it with a myriad of roots music. In […]

Bluegrass Weather Report – 9/29/13

The Bluegrass Blog - Tue, 2013/10/29 - 5:58pm
Here’s our Special Bluegrass Correspondent with the Bluegrass Weather Report for this week, looking at the goings on down in Waldo, FL at the Dixieland Fall Bluegrass Festival.  

Congratulations Jeremy and Shaylon

The Bluegrass Blog - Tue, 2013/10/29 - 1:22pm
Jeremy Chapman, mandolinist with The Chapmans, and Shaylon Gray were united in marriage this past weekend. The wedding was held on October 26 in a small ceremony with family and friends in Near Clever, MO. Shaylon is a bluegrass musician as well, a fiddler active in northwestern […]

Lindsay Lou talks Flatbellies

The Bluegrass Blog - Tue, 2013/10/29 - 10:31am
One of the more interesting young bands plying their trade along the edges of bluegrass, Americana and contemporary pop music is Lindsay Lou & The Flatbellies. The group is based in Michigan, but tours extensively across the US. Their curious name came from the bumping […]

Close Kin follow-up to feature young pickers

The Bluegrass Blog - Tue, 2013/10/29 - 9:57am
Karl Cooler of Mountain Roads Recordings and singer, songwriter and producer Johnny Williams have teamed up for a follow-up to their 2011 collaboration, Close Kin-A Reunion of Bluegrass & Old Time Music. That album was just what the title suggests, a pairing of artists in […]

The Dellas at Festy 2013

The Bluegrass Blog - Tue, 2013/10/29 - 6:58am
Here’s another gallery of Gina Proulx’s photos from last month’s Festy 2013. Here she captures Della Mae on stage, and a bunch of Festy attendees in the park.  

Catching up with Critter from Old Crow Medicine Show

The Bluegrass Blog - Mon, 2013/10/28 - 4:53pm
It seems like everywhere you turn these days, Old Crow Medicine Show is up to something. Whether it’s becoming members of the Grand Ole Opry or taking part in the extremely successful Gentlemen of the Road Stopover Sessions with Mumford & Sons, OCMS has been […]

Richard Bennett and Wyatt Rice to tour

The Bluegrass Blog - Mon, 2013/10/28 - 3:16pm
Two of today’s most noted practitioners of the Tony Rice guitar style are teaming up for selected tour dates next year and beyond. Wyatt Rice is Tony’s brother, who learned at the master’s knee and has served as his rhythm guitarist this past 30 years. […]

New single from Grasstowne

The Bluegrass Blog - Mon, 2013/10/28 - 10:14am
We caught up with Alan Bibey over the weekend to discuss all things Grasstowne. Their next Mountain Fever project, Grasstowne 4, is finished but for the mixing, and is set for release early in 2014. Alan said that its completion was delayed by both he […]

Time Machine from Newtown

The Bluegrass Blog - Mon, 2013/10/28 - 8:02am
Time Machine, the next album from Newtown, is due to hit on November 5. It will be their first project for Pisgah Ridge, a Crossroads affiliate designed for up-and-coming bluegrass acts ready to move up to the next level. Though they won’t be delivered until […]

Alan Jackson takes his bluegrass to New York City

The Bluegrass Blog - Mon, 2013/10/28 - 7:10am
New York City? That’s right, folks. Alan Jackson is traveling to New York with his Bluegrass Album band to perform music from his new record at a concert tonight at Carnegie Hall. Assisting will be the same bluegrass all-stars who tracked with Jackson this Spring: […]

Alex Campbell passes

The Bluegrass Blog - Sun, 2013/10/27 - 6:31pm
Alex Campbell, 90, of Conowingo, Maryland, renowned bluegrass musician and disc jockey, passed away peacefully at the Conowingo Veterans Center on October 24, 2013. Alexander C. Campbell was born in Lansing, North Carolina, on May 25, 1923. He was one of 13 children. An older […]

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