20150727

John Hickman Has A New Roof!

California Banjo man John Hickman and his wife Susie have a new roof thanks to the generous support and financial donations of fans and friends.

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Nothin Fancy Signs with Mountain Fever Records!

Image635735751447017624Mountain Fever Records has announced they have signed one of bluegrass music's most entertaining bands, Nothin' Fancy, to their label.

The band will begin work on their debut project for the label in August.

20150726

Book Review - HIGH LONESOME BELOW SEA LEVEL

Faces and Stories of Bluegrass Music in the Netherlands.

Loes Van Schaijk and Marieke Odekerken

Image635734896958027299This is my first ever book review, and let me say straight away, it's a pleasure and an honour to be asked to review a work of such high quality. The title, HIGH LONESOME BELOW SEA LEVEL, is a wonderful reference to the high lonesome sound of Bluegrass Music, and the fact that in this case, it refers to the genre as played by a dedicated band of folks who for the most part, live and work below sea level, in the lowlands of Holland.

This is what we might refer to in these parts, as a coffee table Book of the highest quality, and I'm tempted to make favourable comparisons with other high-quality Publications such as the FRETBOARD JOURNAL, and/or THE MUSIC OF BILL MONROE, by Neil Rosenberg and Charles K.Wolfe.

20150725

All-Bluegrass Show Highlights Award Nominations Day!

Image635734045465101427Top-tier bluegrass performers The Gibson Brothers, Sierra Hull, Travelin’ McCourys and Chris Jones and the Night Drivers will play a special all-bluegrass show at Music City Roots (at the Factory in Franklin) on Wednesday night, August 12 at 7p.m. CDT.

The all-bluegrass show will follow a day of award nomination announcements for the 26th Annual International Bluegrass Music Awards, which take place Thursday, October 1 in Raleigh, North Carolina during World of Bluegrass week.

 

20150723

Uncle Phil Wants Cutting Edge Cancer Treatment!

Image635732657722143763Now, for the third time in just the last four years, award-winning Dobro player, Phil Leadbetter will be going through all the trials and tribulations of cancer treatments.

Doctors at Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center in Nashville, TN have looked over Phil's most recent biopsies and have made the determination that Hodgkin's Lymphoma, a cancer of the lymphatic system, which is part of the body's immune system,  has returned.

Debut Album from Jesse Milnes & Emily Miller!

Image635732612605643246Located about an hour North of Los Angeles in the Santa Clara River Valley sits a sprawling ranch where music is made in a soothing environment surrounded by blooming citrus trees.

Traditional American roots masters Jesse Milnes & Emily Miller found themselves in this relaxing oasis, invited for a residency in January 2015.

20150721

Share America Foundation Chooses Bluegrass Music’s Holder Brothers for Scholarships‏!

Garrett Holder - Recipient of the 2015 Pearl and Floyd Franks Scholarship The Share America Foundation, Inc. announced its 2015 scholarship winner recently at the Ringgold Depot in Ringgold, Ga.

Guitarist Garrett Holder, 18, of Ringgold, Ga. was selected as the recipient of the 2015 scholarship.