A Regular Friday Feature
By: Rick Cornish

New Compilation Album From Lonesome River Band!

Image635764252690402758Lonesome River Band  announces the release of a special compilation album of their earlier Mountain Home releases.

Coming Back Home To You includes selections from Window Of Time, Head On Into Heartache and Road With No End albums.


WOB StreetFest Performance Schedule Announced!

Image635763389459587736The full schedule of artists and performances for Wide Open Bluegrass StreetFest, the free street festival portion of Wide Open Bluegrass, has just been announced.

The roster of artists performing at Wide Open Bluegrass StreetFest, held October 2 and 3 in Raleigh, North Carolina, includes a broad mix of local, national and international bluegrass talent.


Gibson Brothers Set Chart Record!

Image635762554106566033The Gibson Brothers’ BROTHERHOOD Hits #1 on Bluegrass Unlimited’s Album Chart;

Duo Sets New Record With 8th Consecutive Chart-Topping Album!

Beloved bluegrass group the Gibson Brothers is celebrating a previously unprecedented feat: with the ascent of their album BROTHERHOOD to the number one spot on Bluegrass Unlimited’s album chart, they become the first band in the chart’s history to reach the top spot over eight consecutive albums.


Dr. Ralph Stanley Signs with New Frontier Touring!

DR. RALPH STANLEY  - 2015He's been called a "master performer without an expiration date" by Rolling Stone, "a cultural treasure" by the Los Angeles Times and "undeniably the most important figure in bluegrass music today" by the Chicago Tribune, and at 88 years old, the oldest living member of the Grand Ole Opry, Dr. Ralph Stanley, shows no signs of slowing down.

He recently signed an exclusive booking agreement with the booking giant, New Frontier Touring. 

‘Banjostand’ Interactive Public Art Project Returns for 2015 World of Bluegrass!

Image635761674706507226Sponsored by the City’s Office of Raleigh Arts, artist Bland Hoke will install an enhanced version of his “Banjostand,” a popular interactive public art project, for the International Bluegrass Music Association’s 2015 World of Bluegrass.

“Banjostand was one of the most popular aspects of last year’s World of Bluegrass.  It’s a testament to how public art can engage community.  I look forward to seeing what develops when the installation returns this year!,"  said Kim Curry-Evans, Office of Raleigh Arts’ public art coordinator.


First Bluegrass Festival Celebrates 50 Year Anniversary!

Image635760805322572508It was  Fincastle, VA - 1965.  The first-ever multi-day bluegrass festival.  

As part of the upcoming anniversary celebration, a retrospective collection of memorabilia has been assembled by bluegrass historian, Fred Bartenstein with contributions from Phil Zimmerman, Ken Landreth, Sonny Osborne, Tom King, and Historic Fincastle, Inc.

Along with photos and audio recordings made 50 years ago, one of the more interesting items included is the actual performance contract between the festival and Bill Monroe.

Fred Robbins, who has also contributed a few items to the collection has assembled them for all to see on his web site here:  http://frobbi.org/audio/fincastle65/