The Kruger Brothers have brought to American music a vast musical range and versatility of vision. Through their association with Doc Watson and MerleFest, they’ve built a conscious fusion of the bluegrass and Appalachian music they came to America to […]
The musical range and versatility of vision the Kruger Brothers have brought to American music, from the bluegrass and Appalachian music they came to America to grow with, through their association with Doc Watson and Merlefest, to their building of […]
While watching this year’s RockyGrass Festival, I thought of one of my favorite quotes from the American designer Charles Eames: “The details are not the details. They make the product.” This is a simple yet profound statement. A great book […]
Zeb Snyder emerged as a fresh guitar talent about a decade ago playing with the Snyder Family Band, consisting of his younger sister Samantha on fiddle, and his father, Bud, playing bass. I first remember seeing him at a now-defunct autumn […]
By now you you have read Kim’s enchanting piece on this year’s MerleFest, now comes my take on MerleFest at 30. Rather than a blow by blow, I’ll go with some takeaways. Here now are mine for MerleFest’s 30th edition. […]
The banjo has been seen as the characteristic instrument of bluegrass music. For 70 years, it wasn’t bluegrass unless it featured a banjo. Many suggest that’s still true, that bluegrass has lost its way when it plugs in, uses other […]
By winning the Steve Martin prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass, Rhiannon Giddens stands as an important symbol for understanding an instrument that, while it provides the principal sound that has helped define bluegrass music, has a long, deep […]
A friend of mine has been in bluegrass for 40 years. He’s a protector of bluegrass tradition and a road warrior who’s still standing, singing, touring with his band after all these years. When we see each other at festivals, we […]
Jens Kruger of The Kruger Brothers and Sam Bush playing Hillside Stage Sunset Jam at Merlefest 2016
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