January 15, 2021 Trivia Question

January 15, 2021 TRIVIA QUESTION What bluegrass performer helped Emmy Lou Harris establish her “bona fides” in the traditional country and bluegrass music world around 1980, insisting before this person joined her band that Emmy Lou must include some Louvin … Read More

Then and Now: Flatt & Scruggs

Flatt and Scruggs are the other fathers of bluegrass. Earl Scruggs’ banjo playing—with his signature three-finger style—practically reinvented the instrument, while Lester Flatt’s singing and songwriting set a bedrock for the genre in the 1950s. Naturally, many of their greatest … Read More

This Is: Tony Rice

Tony Rice tragically passed away far too young at the age of 69 on Christmas Day. It is impossible to overstate the effect Tony had on acoustic music, not to mention bluegrass—and to this day, he has no true equal … Read More

Tony Rice 1951-2020

  by Ricky Skaggs Sometime during Christmas morning while making his coffee, our dear friend and guitar hero Tony Rice passed from this life and made his swift journey to his heavenly home. It’s still quite a shock to the … Read More

End of 2020 Musings

I remember back when the Covid virus broke out in March, thinking, we may be living with this at Christmas! How true that has turned out to be, and it’s now the worst it has been. Those of us who … Read More

It’s A Bluegrass Christmas

The holidays is (usually) a time for coming together to enjoy the music of the season. Bluegrass is no exception, and Christmas songs are often a favorite subject for bluegrass artists. From the genre’s forefathers like Ralph Stanley to modern … Read More

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