Review: Craig Harris – Bluegrass, Newgrass, Old-Time, and Americana Music

  Since Neil V. Rosenberg’s book Bluegrass: A History, we have seen relatively few attempts to bring a fresh and up-to-date reading about the musical genre. The approach with Craig Harris’ new book, based on a wide range of personal interviews, is also to link the bluegrass genre to our contemporary setting. Let’s be clear: most so-called “bluegrass” festivals these days don’t look like Bean Blossom, circa 1971. This book effectively reflects and documents many changes in the larger realm … Read More

Review: Bill & The Belles – DreamSongs, Etc.

Charming. Deeply charming. That is the essence of this full-length debut by Bill and the Belles, Dream Songs, Etc. Here is a disarming sweetness, a wistful recollection of a by-gone era, a sound that goes back to the earliest days of the 20th century (and even before). Bill and the Belles—a quartet consisting of Kris Truelsen on guitar, Kalia Yeagle on fiddle, Grace Van’t Hof on banjo, and Karl Zerfas on bass—evoke and create a unique form of American acoustic … Read More

When You See Those Flying Saucers

While perusing the local newspaper recently, an article caught my eye, big time. The headline read “Extraterrestrial Ground Zero.” Whoa Nelly! I had to read about this. It turns out that the town of Capilla Del Monte in Argentina (population 16,000) has a fetish for creatures from outer space. It all started in 1986 when a giant circle of burned grass was found on the slope of one of the principle hills in the town. Local residents were interviewed and … Read More

Reviews: Cane Mill Road – 5 Speed & Gap to Gap

5 Speed I always hope to return from the summer bluegrass fests with one great new find; and this year I hit upon Cane Mill Road at the GreyFox Bluegrass Festival in the Catskills. Apparently I’m not the first to find them, as their debut CD 5 Speed hit #9 on the Billboard Bluegrass Album chart and they’ve been gaining lots of airplay. As if that’s not enough of attracting good attention, the IBMA chose them as one of 30 … Read More

Bill & The Belles House Concert

Sunday, August 26 @ 3:30pm 42 Haggerty Hill Road, Rhinebeck, NY $15/Members – $20/Non-MembersTickets limited to the first 40 people The setting for this concert couldn’t be more charming and comfortable. Enjoy this fun music and then treat yourself to a delicious dinner in quaint Rhinebeck, NY. Buy Your Tickets Now Member Tickets Member $15.00 USD2 Members $30.00 USD3 Members $45.00 USD4 Members $60.00 USD Non-Member Tickets Member $20.00 USD2 Members $40.00 USD3 Members $60.00 USD4 Members $80.00 USD MEET … Read More

Meet Bill and the Belles

MEET BILL AND THE BELLES Bill and the Belles have captured the freewheeling, lighthearted approach to music that has endeared them to listeners of every generation. With a spirited sound that falls somewhere between old-time country and vaudeville, the group puts its own spin on a golden era of music, specifically the 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s. “We like old music and some of us are consumed by it,” says lead singer and guitarist Kris Truelsen with a knowing laugh. “But … Read More

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Bill & Belles New – CD Review by Eric Marshall Cane Mill Road Mark Hudson’s Reviews New Bluegrass BookReview by Chris Brashear Flying Saucers by Wayne Erbsen Bill & The Belles House Concert   Sunday, August 26 @ 3:30pm 42 Haggerty Hill Road, Rhinebeck, NY $15/Members – $20/Non-Members Tickets limited to the first 40 people The setting for this concert couldn’t be more charming and comfortable. Enjoy this fun music and then treat yourself to a delicious dinner in quaint … Read More

Available CDs

The following audio clips are available for you. All of the following CDs are waiting for someone (like YOU) to review them. Listen to a clip from each of them and let us know which CD you would like to have for reviewing. New Town: Old World “Never Miss The Sun” Borrowed Tyme Band: Borrowed Tyme Band “Little Bessie” Clay Hess Band: Just Another Story “All The Time” Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road: True Grass Again “True Grass” Williamson Branch: … Read More

July Jams Cancelled

The Fourth of July jam has been cancelled…we are not going to hold a jam that night. Go out and enjoy the fireworks or read the Constitution!!! Or do both! In addition, because so many of you will be attending the Grey Fox Festival, we are cancelling the July 20th jam. See you there and hope to see you all back at the jams beginning in August.

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