Hey Mister Bassman

by Doug Marcus Thoughts on playing bass; Bluegrass, Blues and Beyond I love playing bluegrass bass, however I am not strictly a purist when it comes to being the traditional bluegrass/rockabilly slapper. My approach to bluegrass bass is a result … Read More

David Peterson: Comin’ On Strong

by Enrico Scull What a great record. Peterson has that voice that sets a mood for the pure country music of the golden era that we all love. He covers some defining must-haves that anyone looking for a richer repertoire … Read More

Sierra Hull: Secrets

by Pat Dinges I was disappointed on the first listen.  I was expecting a CD packed with instrumentals with the mandolin front and center. After all, Sierra Hull is a gifted mandolin player, right? When I listened to Sierra Hull’s … Read More

Larry Stephenson: Thankful

by Kim McMann Thankful, Larry Stephenson’s fourth gospel release, is a joyful celebration of Christian faith and bluegrass. Easy to listen to, without many surprises, the CD is worthy of a listen due to the smooth vocals and interesting collection … Read More

A Banjo Teacher’s Diary

I just had my seventh year teaching at Banjo Camp North in Massachusetts, and it was, as always, wonderful. Camp ran from noon Friday May 15, 2009 through Sunday afternoon May 17, and included dozens of classes for both bluegrass … Read More

The Nashville Number System

  by Wayne Fugate History and background The Nashville Number System is an informal method of transcribing music by denoting the scale degree upon which a chord is built. Since the middle ages, musicians have substituted Roman numerals for chord … Read More

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