New bluegrass bands emerge all the time. The routine goes right back to the Mickey Rooney/Judy Garland fantasy movies — “Hey, kids, let’s put on a show!” — or the garage rock bands of the ’60s and ’70s. As with […]
What’s the attraction of attending a bluegrass festival, or any other kind of music festival? During the now nearly 20 years that my wife and I have participated in the world of bluegrass, we’ve attended house concerts, indoor events, small […]
Bluegrass music has a long and lively history in Florida, where we’re coming close to the end of another winter festival season. While many people who come to the Sunshine State love to cluster along the Atlantic or Gulf shores, […]
Balsam Range is just an adolescent, in bluegrass terms. As it enters its 12th year of touring, the band, whose five members all come from rural Haywood County in western North Carolina, has established itself as a groundbreaking bluegrass band […]
One of the criteria for excellence in bluegrass music is maintaining tradition while expressing it in new ways. Are these changes merely the changes of fashion, putting new covers on the same unchanging framework? Or are they organic, coming from […]
A few weeks ago my wife and I journeyed the 1,000 miles down to King’s Mountain, North Carolina, to attend the seventh annual Darin & Brooke Aldridge Holiday Concert at the Joy Performance Center there. We attended both the afternoon […]
Houston Caldwell was a talented young musician who lived in Galax, Virginia, a hotbed of traditional old-time and bluegrass music, where the annual Galax Old Fiddlers Convention has been held each year since 1935. Houston had recently graduated from high […]
Colebrook Road was conceived when guitarist Jesse Eisenbise, a middle school teacher, and his friend Wade Yankey, a consulting engineer, went to see The Steep Canyon Rangers in 2007 or 2008 — as Eisenbise says, “just when they were exploding.” […]
Colebrook Road was conceived when guitarist Jesse Eisenbise, a middle school teacher and his friend Wade Yankey, a consulting engineer, went to see the Steep Canyon Rangers in 2007 or 2008, as Jesse says, “Just when they were exploding.” Soon […]
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 […]
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