Christmas Time’s a-Coming

Christmas songs dealing with both the sacred and secular aspects of the holiday have long been a staple of popular music. Indeed, these songs were sung long before there was anything that could be called “popular music.” Some carols are … Read More

Remembering Sonny Osborne

Bluegrass lost a giant last month with the death of banjoist Sonny Osborne. With his older brother Bobby in the Osborne Brothers band, Sonny made some of the most innovative, exciting, and controversial bluegrass of the 1950s and 1960s. The … Read More

Roots Of Bluegrass—Brother Duets

The pop and country music worlds lost another iconic musician with the recent death of Don Everly of the Everly Brothers, who were probably the most influential of the brother vocal harmony duet acts of the last century. (Don’s brother … Read More

The Gibson Brothers

click photo to enlarge – photos by Tobey Sandford In a March column about the “big tent” of bluegrass I discussed some of the reasons that I don’t care for a lot of contemporary bluegrass. My main complaint was that, … Read More

Pete Seeger and Bluegrass

In his very long life, long-time Hudson Valley resident Pete Seeger made a name for himself as, among many other things, an iconic (probably the iconic) folk singer and banjo player. Pete was known to everybody, even those who didn’t … Read More

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