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Bluegrass Community Called to Help!

Joe Vazquez, a reporter from CBS 5 TV in San Francisco alerted us to a story that needs your attention. This is real and it’s happening right now. One of our own needs help.

Robert Earl Davis, of the Earl Brothers bluegrass band, and a Viet Nam Vet is about to be homeless. What can we in the music community do about one of our own who need help in a bad way?

As Robert says in the interview, if he were strung out on drugs, he'd get assistance right away but after…

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Added by Prescription Bluegrass Media on December 20, 2012 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Prescription Bluegrass’ Favorite CDs of 2012

It's the end of the year, the time when we start looking for the Top Ten in every category imaginable.  

But when it came to the CD's we received and reviewed and featured on our broadcasts, ten just wasn't enough...so we made it a baker's dozen plus two more for good measure and we refused to put them in numeric order because it just can't be done with any kind of fairness.  

Here's just a few of the comments from our writers:

  • Frankly, this band just…
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Added by Prescription Bluegrass Media on December 19, 2012 at 12:30pm — No Comments

CD Review - Siamese Cousins "2 Chairs, No Waiting"

I have been very lucky since Brian McNeal asked me to start reviewing new bluegrass CD releases for Prescription Bluegrass. My intake of new music has increased drastically! And I’ve been at it long enough now that I’m starting to do follow up’s on previous reviews and artists, which only adds to the pleasure.

Such was the case when I received a new disc from Mountain Roads Recordings called “2 Chairs, No Waiting” by SIAMESE COUSINS. Edwin Lacy, on vocals and claw hammer…

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Added by Prescription Bluegrass Media on November 25, 2012 at 8:00am — No Comments

New Digital "TIP JAR" From TweelX

TweelX, a new innovative publishing company for songwriters, anchored by new country singer Ty Bates, songwriters Jim Reilley and Stephanie Quayle has just debuted their latest techno gadget for songwriters and performers.

It was standing room only when friends and supporters of TweelX came together at Nashville's Douglas Corner November 8 to celebrate the company’s latest innovation from - a “Digital Tip…

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Added by Prescription Bluegrass Media on November 20, 2012 at 9:08am — No Comments

CD Review - The Grass Cats "The Mountain My Baby and Me"

Sometimes I just can’t help myself….. I’ll make sure the CD’s I want to review are all in a neat, orderly pile, and I try soooo hard to listen to them in the order they arrive at my doorstep. I’m a lucky man, there are lots of CD’s to choose from. Then my schedule gets all messed up, because sometimes, one shows up and I’ve already heard some of the artist’s previous music, and I just get nosey. So much for good intentions…….

The first track that I listened to off  The…
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Added by Prescription Bluegrass Media on November 8, 2012 at 10:30pm — No Comments

Prescription Bluegrass Reviews Josh Graves Book!

JOSH GRAVES - “Bluegrass Bluesman, Josh Graves, A Memoir,”

In my humble opinion, the 1960’s was the most pivotal decade in the post WWII era. Yes, that was fifty plus years ago, but, those times had a profound affect on the United States, on me and the way I’ve lived my life since. The ‘60’s still bring…

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Added by Prescription Bluegrass Media on October 23, 2012 at 7:00am — 3 Comments

CD Review - The Yankee Rebels "Flight Of The Phoenix"

If you love three part vocal harmony like I do, then you’re going to love the new CD “Flight Of The Phoenix” by The Yankee Rebels. Their harmony is super! If you love a five piece bluegrass band with traditional instrumentation, you’re going to love it, too.

Their “pickin’” is as good as their singing! They’re good, and they should be….. they’ve been playing together since FOREVER! Open up the liner notes and you’ll find pictures of them when they started in the ‘60’s, more…

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Added by Prescription Bluegrass Media on October 9, 2012 at 1:00pm — No Comments

CD Review - Ricky Skaggs "Music To My Ears"

Ricky Skaggs is one of the most consistently excellent, continually relevant and important artists still passionately making quality music in Nashville today. His ever faithful fan base, his influence on up and coming young musicians, his awards, accolades and number one hits on the charts make his career historic. With his newest release , MUSIC TO MY EARS, it’s obvious that Mr. Skaggs has no plans to just rest on his laurels.

Produced by Ricky, and recorded at his Skaggs…

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Added by Prescription Bluegrass Media on October 1, 2012 at 12:30am — 1 Comment

European Bluegrass Well Represented at IBMA Conference!

i draw slow Opinion From Prescription Bluegrass Editor and Radio Host, Brian McNeal

This past week marks another turning point in the history of the International Bluegrass Music Association’s annual conferences. 

As previously announced, 2012 is to be the final year for the World of Bluegrass conference in Music City, USA (Nashville), so it is a real tall feather in newly appointed Director Nancy Cardwell’s cap that the Nashville run is going out as the best…

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Added by Prescription Bluegrass Media on September 29, 2012 at 5:00pm — 2 Comments

Coty Hogue - When We Get To Shore - Will Set Your Senses Adrift!

First Published on the Prescription Bluegrass Blog

Article Written by Devon Leger 

When We Get To Shore was recorded live before a joyous audience at Seattle’s…

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Added by Prescription Bluegrass Media on September 22, 2012 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Three Bluegrass Bands Get Mentioned In NY Times Best Seller Novel!

Sweet Sunny South, The Reeltime Travelers, and Open Road along with Colorado’s Front Range region all get some world-wide exposure in Peter Heller’s best-selling book, “The Dog Stars”.



Set in a post-apocalyptic world in a small town on Colorado’s Front Range, the story’s main character, Hig, survived a…

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Added by Prescription Bluegrass Media on September 5, 2012 at 2:30pm — 1 Comment

CD Review - Geoff Union - Cold As Steel

Austin, Texas singer/songwriter and guitarist Geoff Union sent me his new solo CD “Cold As Steel,” and my first impression was that instrumentally, this music was some of the best “front porch pickin’” I’d heard in a while. Surrounding himself with some of Austin’s finest musicians, it’s relaxed and comfortable, but still tight and energetic. Geoff used to be a member of Austin’s…

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Added by Prescription Bluegrass Media on September 2, 2012 at 9:30am — No Comments

Are You “HOOKED ON BLUEGRASS MUSIC? Tell The CBA How It Happened!

"Hi, my name is Brian and I am a former Rock 'n Roll Addict....I had it bad too...."  That's how my own "Hooked on Bluegrass" story begins.  Yours may begin a lot differently.  

Chris Stapleton (formerly with the SteelDrivers) starts his with: "... I kind of dropped out of school, was looking for a life direction, and started playing…

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Added by Prescription Bluegrass Media on August 15, 2012 at 9:00am — No Comments

CD & DVD Review - The Music of Laura Ingalls Wilder's Little House on the Prairie "Pa's Fiddle"

The Little House On The Prairie books of Laura Ingalls Wilder, and the television series starring Michael Landon, are a multi-generational phenomena that have, and will continue to, affect American culture and history in the decades to come. In my own household, our children were raised on a steady diet of the books and the TV show, and their Grand Mother, a Depression era child, loved the show and books as much as the kids did.

There was a…
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Added by Prescription Bluegrass Media on August 15, 2012 at 8:00am — No Comments

Cd Review - Old Crow Medicine Show "Carry Me Back"

My son is an “old soul” when it comes to his musical tastes. The Dead, CCR, Tom Petty, Neil Young….. the sound-track of the 60’s and 70’s suits him just fine. But, he also has an inquisitive and adventurous side that includes all kinds of new music. And when he finds something that he likes, he usually shares it with me, and I end up a fan, too. Such was the case in the Fall of 2009.

We were going to visit him, and there was a concert set for that same week that he…
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Added by Prescription Bluegrass Media on July 30, 2012 at 1:30pm — 7 Comments

CD Review - Larry Stephenson "What Really Matters"

An old Irish friend of mine from Belfast used to tell me: “Remember son, there’s just no substitute for class.” That thought kept popping into my head as I listened to Larry Stephenson’s new CD, “What Really Matters.” There is not one thing about this CD that isn’t first class, the song selection, the musicianship, the harmonies, the production, the packaging, the liner notes and photos. ALL of it! It just doesn’t get any better than this folks…. And the reason is, it’s energy is…

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Added by Prescription Bluegrass Media on July 16, 2012 at 7:30am — No Comments

CD Review - Scenic Roots - "Grounded"

By Dan King

Scenic Roots - “Grounded”

Scenic Roots Music  LLC

2012

As a reviewer for Prescription Bluegrass, I receive many album submissions from independent artists hoping to get a favorable review published on their work. Many of them contain admirable efforts, but in the final analysis, fall short.

When I first removed Scenic Roots’ CD “Grounded” from its shipping envelope, I could tell…

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Added by Prescription Bluegrass Media on June 18, 2012 at 11:00am — No Comments

CD Review - Steep Canyon Rangers - "Nobody Knows You"

By Dan King

Steep Canyon Rangers - Nobody Knows You

Rounder Records

Released: April, 2012

Most folks these days have at least a casual awareness of the Steep Canyon Rangers from their affiliation with actor/comedian Steve Martin. The banjo picking wild and crazy guy has been recording and touring with the group for the past few years, and their numerous tour dates and television appearances have…

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Added by Prescription Bluegrass Media on June 18, 2012 at 11:00am — No Comments

CD Review - Bill Evans - "In Good Company"

By W.J. Hallock

Bill Evans / In Good Company

Record Label: Native and Fine Records

Released: May 2012

One quick first listen to this CD was all I was going to have time for….. three hours later I was still at it! Time flies when you’re havin’ FUN! Several things became obvious right away. #1. Bill Evans is one of the finest banjo players I’ve ever heard. #2. Bill Evans is every bit as good a song-writer…

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Added by Prescription Bluegrass Media on June 18, 2012 at 11:00am — No Comments

CD Review - Carolina Road - "Back To My Roots"

By W.J. Hallock

Carolina Road - Back To My Roots

Rural Rhythm Records

Released: August, 2011

A bluegrass band with name recognition, a solid fan base and musical credentials has two choices when it comes time to record a new CD. They can seize the opportunity to spread their wings and fly a little higher. They can go a little farther than normal and test the boundaries of their talents and imagination.…

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Added by Prescription Bluegrass Media on June 18, 2012 at 11:00am — No Comments

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