FreshGrass Band & Instrument Contest Winners Announced !

Image635797934683410655NORTH ADAMS, MASSACHUSETTS Cheered on by festivalgoers and past winners alike, the 2015 FreshGrass Award highest accolades went to Old Salt Union in the band competition; Zoe & Cloyd won the duo; Catherine Bowness was judged best in banjo; and Bronwyn Keith-Hynes captured the fiddle prize.

The winners receive cash and prizes totaling $25,000, recording sessions at Compass Records in Nashville, Tennessee, and hand-crafted instruments from Deering and Eastman.

Committee Established To Remember Dixie Hall !

Image635797921940001773The “Remembering Miss Dixie” committee has been established to oversee plans and programs created in memory of Miss Dixie Hall, the accomplished bluegrass songwriter and philanthropist who passed away January 16, 2015.

Miss Dixie left funds available and named the committee to assist organizations who are helping young musicians pursue their Bluegrass dreams.


Guitarist With A Story To Tell Releases Book!

Image635796218973744703If you think Sisyphus had a raw deal, doomed as he was forever to roll that stone up the mountain only to see it roll back down each time he reached the top, imagine how much tougher it would have been if he’d had a bad heart.

Award-winning guitarist Pete Huttlinger has taken his music to the top of the mountain time and time again—from touring the world with John Denver to playing Carnegie Hall—only to be tripped up by his congenitally damaged heart and made to start the journey all over.

Sierra Hull Announces January Release of Long-Anticipated Album, WEIGHTED MIND !

Image635796214067834101Sierra Hull, the singer, mandolinist and former child prodigy who signed with Rounder at age 13, and distinguished herself by becoming the first bluegrass musician to receive a Presidential Scholarship to the prestigious Berklee College of Music, has announced the release of her first new album in five years. 

Weighted Mind will be released on January 29, 2016.


IBMA Award Winners!

Image635793614600504361Winners of the 26th Annual International Bluegrass Music Awards are:

Entertainer of the Year:  The Earls of Leicester
Female Vocalist of the Year: Rhonda Vincent
Male Vocalist of the Year: Shawn Camp
Vocal Group of the Year:  Balsam Range

Dr. Stanley Hospitalized!

Image635793608818543652Due to an unforeseen illness, Dr. Ralph Stanley has been forced to cancel his upcoming appearances at the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival in San Francisco, Calif., along with an upcoming show in Manassas, Va. at the Hylton Performing Arts Center.


World of Bluegrass Not Dampened By Threat of Hurricane Joaquin!

Image635793101119194910Even the weather can't steal center stage from all the great bluegrass musicians in Raleigh this week.

North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory has declared a state of emergency for all 100 counties ahead of significant rainfall Friday, and the possible arrival of Hurricane Joaquin - a Category 4 storm, off the coast.

The US Hurricane Center upgraded Joaquin to a Category 4 at 2 p.m. on Thursday, calling the storm "extremely dangerous."

All performances will go on as scheduled! 

Meet Diamond Creek - Band Releases Debut CD!

Image635792815990546484Every few years a band comes along with something different, a passionate and vibrant sound that makes you take notice.

We got a note from the Grass Cats' Russell Johnson last week, announcing a new band with a disclaimer that he is still playing with the "Cats".  Here is what Russ had to say: