Best of Bluegrass
Artist2Artist with Dixie Hall01/20/15
In mid-May of this past year, I traveled to Franklin, Tennessee to interview the beautiful, talented and highly successful songwriter, Miss Dixie Hall. or… Miss Dixie, if you’ve known her for your entire life – or if you have just met her. Permission...
Wood Family Tradition continues A.L. Wood’s legacy
A.L. Wood was a legendary banjo picker, singer, songwriter and bandleader in North Carolina, active with his band The Smokey Ridge Boys along the eastern seaboard states through the ’90s. He only recorded four albums under his name, and they are...
Tim O’Brien brushes his teeth with Coca-Cola?
Tim O’Brien has a new single, and a new distribution system for releasing his music. With his 2015 dedicated to Hot Rize, the bluegrass vehicle which first brought Tim and his music to prominence 30 years ago, he wanted a way to keep making new […]
Moonshiner – first single from the Slaughters
Shannon & Heather Slaughter have released a debut single from their upcoming album, Never Just A Song. It’s theirversion of the familiar mountain ballad, Moonshiner, but with a bluesy, pentatonic twist. Shannon says they heard it this way on a record...
Going My Way – Johnny Williams
When the top traditional bluegrass singers are named, you expect to hear Larry Sparks mentioned, and James King. Perhaps Danny Paisley as well, and Junior Sisk. But a name you don’t hear often enough is Johnny Williams, who can throw down the lonesome...
Christmas single from Stacy Grubb and Clay Hess
Stacy Grubb is set to release a new album later this month, produced by Clay Hess, and has dropped a new single this week. But it’s not a track from the new record, but a special Christmas song she wrote and recorded with Hess. Is […]
Artist2Artist: Si Kahn – Silence Is Assent
Intelligent Thought + Intelligent Music = Intelligent Voice Americana music has a voice. Folk music IS a voice. Bluegrass music seems content to exist in a self-created climate of politeness and keeping your head low. It is rare for bluegrass music...
Double single release from The Stetson Family
Australia’s Stetson Family has released a double single, a pair of songs from their upcoming album due in late April. It’s meant to recall the old days when a single meant a 45 RPM vinyl release with two songs, one on either side. The Stetsons […]
Mountain Hallelujah – Junior Sisk for Christmas
Chris Burton, a bluegrass musician and songwriter fromRoanoke, VA, has released a debut single from his upcoming album. It has a timely theme for this seasonof the year, featuringa familiar voice and sound. That’s because while Chris wrote the song...
My Home Is On This Ole Boxcar from Cody Shuler
Cody Shuler has led North Carolina’s Pine Mountain Railroad since 2006, and has recorded three albums with the band. His singing, songwriting and mandolin playing isout front with PMR, and now he is fixing to release his first solo project with Rural...
Great American Hero from Newton & Thomas
Mark Newton and Steve Thomas chose November 11, Veteran’s Day, to release their new single, Great American Hero, written by Mark Brinkman as a tribute to all the people who make sacrifices to help and serve others,regardless of their military...
Crazy Night from Volume Five
Mountain Fever Records has released a first single from Voices, the upcoming project from Volume Five, due to hit in January 2015. The song is Crazy Night, written by former member Jeff Partin, and marks quite a departure from common bluegrass story...
Artist2Artist: Frank Solivan –Preshow Routine& the *Ether* World
Okay, before some of you go all-diesel on me, I am aware thatmany of ourbluegrassmusic bandshave a bus(and some have two)for theirperformancetoursalongthe bluegrass ribbon of highway.In my recorded interview with Frank Solivan below, my reference to a...
The Day The Banjo Dies from Roni Stoneman
Roni Stoneman has released a single from her upcoming bluegrass album, which answers the autobiographical question, “Have you ever thought about retiring?” Written by her long time guitarist, Ronnie Buff, The Day The Banjo Dies makes it plenty clear...
Sunnyflower One – Miss Dixie sings
You’re never too old or experienced to have your career take off in a new direction. Miss Dixie Hall, the renowned and award-winning songwriter in bluegrass music, has recorded her first-ever song as a vocalist, and it’s being released this week. It...
Artist2Artist: Robyn Taylor – Quieting the Nashville Noise
I recently interviewed Robyn Taylor(RobynTaylorMusic.com) for my Artist2Artist radio show. Our conversation took place at Eddie’s Attic in Decatur, Georgia just outside of Atlanta where Robyn would be performing later that evening. I have interviewed...
New single from Chris Jones live CD
Chris Jones & the Night Drivers have released a first single fromLive At The Old Feed Store, their self-produced concert CD recorded during the summer of 2013. Battle Of The Bands isa deadly serious song about a Civil War battle that took place over...
Surrounded from Jimmy & Moondi
Rebel Records has released Surrounded, the first single from a new album by Jimmy Gaudreau & Moondi Klein. It’s a song from Jonathan Edwards, one he had included on his 2011 album, My Love Will Keep, which as you might guess, is a set of […]
Dark Cloud Rising from Jon Weisberger
Jon Weisberger is a powerful man in the bluegrass world. An award-winning songwriter, his music appears on many new releases each year. As a record producer he guides the work of other artists in the studio, most recently Missy Werner’s Turn This...
New single from Larry Stephenson
Larry Stephenson has announced a new single, the title track from his upcoming album, Pull Your Savior In. It’s a new song of Larry’s, a driving bluegrass Gospel number recorded with his early 2014 touring band (Kenny Ingram on banjo, Jordan Laney on...
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