slideshow 1 slideshow 2 slideshow 2 slideshow 3 slideshow 1

Gruhn Guitars Moving to New Location After 42 Years

Gruhn GuitarsNashville, Tenn. — Gruhn Guitars is pleased to announce its upcoming move to 2120 8th Avenue South in the up-and-coming Eighth Avenue South corridor. The company will begin renovations on the new space in early 2013 and plans to open in late spring. The store will remain open at 400 Broadway until moving to the new location.

Big Country Bluegrass Welcomes Tim Laughlin to the Lineup

Tim Laughlin2013 promises to be a banner year for Big Country Bluegrass! And to start it off right, the band has an exciting announcement to make: Tim Laughlin has just joined the Big Country Bluegrass family, playing fiddle, twin mandolin and singing harmony. Tim's musical resume is long and storied. He has worked with many of the greats in the bluegrass music industry.

Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers Celebrate #1 Song and New Band Member

duane SparksXenia, OH -- Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers are welcoming a new year with open arms as they celebrate the success of their most recent Rebel Records CD, They're Playing My Song. Released October 2012, the project debuted this month on Bluegrass Unlimited's Top 15 Albums chart at #13. The CD's first single, "Bottom Of A Mountain" has been very well received by radio programmers and is #1 on the current Bluegrass Today Monthly Airplay chart. The song also moves up 6 spots to #24 on Bluegrass Unlimited's National bluegrass Survey Top 30 Songs chart. In addition to receiving a glowing review in the January issue of Bluegrass Unlimited, They're Playing My Song has also made its way onto several "Best of 2012" lists including Top KBCS Releases of 2012 (Bluegrass Ramble with Tom Voorhees and Tom Keeney) and WHUS "Bluegrass Cafe" with Amy Orlomoski.

Volume Five Due to Release New Album, "Run," Next Month

Volume Five"Rich Man's Daughter", the brand new single from the upcoming project by Mississippi-based Volume Five, was released to radio programmers last October. The new CD titled Run is the band's third on the Mountain Fever Records label and is expected for release this February. Visit the band's website to hear what this exciting bluegrass band has to offer.

Online Music Education - The New Music Business

Cybergrass LearningLearning to play an instrument well has always been a challenge and in some communities, instructors and tutors are rare or even non-existant. The dawning of multi-media communications, files and tools has enabled a new industry to appear almost over night. During 2012, we saw the development of ArtistWorks and many that are emulating them. More and more musicians are adding instruction into their revenue stream. A year ago we wrote NAMM 2012: ArtistWorks Presents Next Generation of Music Lessons Online and that next generation has really taken off and is now branching out in many different directions.

Statement from NEA on the Passing of National Heritage Fellow Mike Auldridge

Mike AuldridgeFrom the National Endowment of the Arts: "It is with great sadness that the National Endowment for the Arts acknowledges the passing of 2012 NEA National Heritage Fellow and master Dobro musician Mike Auldridge. Over the course of his celebrated career, Auldridge innovated the use of the Dobro, influencing the development of contemporary bluegrass and country music and paving the way for other Dobro musicians such as Jerry Douglas and Rob Ickes. Auldridge performed as a member of such Maryland groups as the Seldom Scene and also as a solo artist. He recorded with musicians such as Emmylou Harris, Linda Ronstadt, Patty Loveless, Lyle Lovett, Doc Watson, Ricky Skaggs, Hank Williams, Jr., and Bill Monroe. During the 2012 NEA National Heritage Fellowships Concert in October 2012, Rob Ickes described the influence of Auldridge on the development of the Dobro: 'You can draw a line at Mike Auldridge. The Dobro is played with a metal bar, metal finger picks, and metal strings. There is a lot of room for noise. This guy figured out how to get rid of the noise and just leave the music.' We join many others in the bluegrass community and beyond in mourning the loss of Mike Auldridge while celebrating his life and enormous musical contributions."

Becky Buller Joins Sweethearts of Bluegrass Darin and Brooke Aldridge

Becky BullerCherryville, N.C. -- Mountain Home Music recording artists, Darin and Brooke Aldridge, have announced the addition of award-winning fiddler, singer and songwriter Becky Buller to their band. “Brooke and I are very pleased to welcome Becky to our musical family,” Darin says. “She is a multi-instrumentalist and a gifted singer/songwriter. We’re looking forward to making a lot of great music together.”

Mike Scott Celebrating 40 Years as a Professional Entertainer

Mike ScottNashville, TN -- Rural Rhythm Records congratulates Mike Scott who celebrates 40 years in music which impressively includes over 450 performances at the Grand Ole Opry. He first took the stage with his banjo at the age of 10 and now leads the Mike Scott & The Nashville Band. In addition, he still performs with Ronnie Reno & The Reno Tradition and can be seen regularly on “Reno’s Old Time Music Fest” TV Show airing on RFD TV and Blue Highways TV.

Award-Winner Kristen Scott Benson Reaches Banjo Students Via Internet

Kristen Scott BensonNashville, TN -- The power of technology has removed physical distance as a roadblock for fans who wish to learn from their musical heroes. Bluegrass music banjo master Kristin Scott Benson is among the well-known artists who offer music lessons to students worldwide via the online service, Skype.

Bluegrass Promotion Resolutions for the New Year

Happy New YearThe new year is here and now would be a good time to take a look around and see what needs updating in the world of the electronic promotion environment in the bluegrass music community. Virtually every bluegrass artist uses social networking, the web and more when it comes to promoting their art. Some artists are wonders at it but others may want to review the image they present to the world. This article will take a look at some of those things that may get overlooked in the chaos of earning a living.

On-Air Benefit for Geoff Morris to Commence Today, Dec 31 through Jan 5

Geoff MorrisKnown for quite some time now as the World Wide Bluegrass' (WWB) single broadcaster hailing from the land "down under" the station's beloved DJ Geoff Morris, has been diagnosed with cancer of the sinus cavities (and beyond) . He is about to begin a regimented treatment of chemotherapy and radiation. With his permission, and gratitude, the WWB has decided to host a week long benefit for Geoff, "On-Air" where the station will be spinning songs for encouragement for his long hard battle against cancer that he must fight ahead./Images/GeoffMorris1212.jpg

The Southern Folklife Collection Presents “The Fiddle” Jan 11

Nashville Bluegrass BandChapel Hill, NC -- The Southern Folklife Collection at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Library presents The Fiddle, a celebration of the iconic instrument of American roots music. Featuring performances and lectures on fiddle styles by top musicians and leading scholars, this series is an opportunity to enjoy and learn about the American South's music, history, and culture. A concert showcasing the fiddle will be held at Memorial Hall on the campus of University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on Friday, January 11, 2013, featuring Nashville Bluegrass Band, Byron Berline, Matt Glaser and Bobby Taylor./Images/NBB1212.jpg

McLain Family Band Makes Carter Fold Appearance January 5

McLain Family BandThe McLain Family Band has been performing at Carter Family shows since Janette Carter first began presenting concerts in the old A.P. Carter Grocery in 1974. Raymond McLain, Sr., (now deceased) formed the family band in the late 1960s when his five children were very young. Mr. McLain was a Carter Family Memorial Music Center board member from the day the center was created. Saturday, January 5th, 2013, at 7:30 p.m. the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert of bluegrass music by the McLain Family Band. Admission to the concert is $10 for adults, $1 for children 6 to 11, under age 6 free.

Dobro Artist Mike Auldridge has Died

Mike AuldridgeMike Auldridge, the legendary dobro player who co-founded the Seldom Scene and later, Chesapeake, died yesterday morning after a long battle with cancer. He was 73. He had been under hospice care until his passing. His expressive talent on the resophonic guitar had no bounds as he played bluegrass, country and even jazz with style and elegance. He performed primarily around his Maryland home but certainly performed across the nation and the globe.

2012 Central Canadian Bluegrass Award Winners Announced

Sherry Philp AwardThe Northern Bluegrass Committee has announced the winners of the 2012 Central Canadian Bluegrass Awards. The Committee congragulates all of the recipients and to all the nominees. It is a lot of work for the people involved in this business but, if you love bluegrass, its just a whole bunch of fun too! This year's attendance was almost a thousand bluegrass fans and friends.

Pages

Theme by Danetsoft and Danang Probo Sayekti inspired by Maksimer