New York Fiddle Contest

We are ready to go!  The New York Fiddle Contest, co-sponsored by the Hudson Valley Bluegrass Association, will be held on August 26. Applications are limited, so get yours in early!  This contest is open to all fiddlers, not just … Read More

State of the HVBA

David Angell, President I am honored to be the new President of the Hudson Valley Bluegrass Association (HVBA). I remember my first encounter with the HVBA in the late 90’s back when I was looking for a group to play … Read More

Meet Dave Angell: HVBA’s New President

The Hudson Valley Bluegrass Association is delighted to welcome its new president, Dave Angell, who has agreed to take over the leadership of the organization from HVBA’s founder, Jeff Anzevino. Dave has long been one of the group’s most active … Read More

With Heartfelt Appreciation

by Janice MacDaniels “An ad on the wall of a music store looking for a bluegrass jams session and a desire to see, hear and play more bluegrass inspired the Hudson Valley Bluegrass Association. Only a week old and already … Read More

Spotlight on HVBA Member Band: Grass Fed

Band leader Dan Budd interviewed: The band started as a casual beginner's jam session in a private home. It was after receiving a warm response from audiences at Taste Budd’s Café in Red Hook that the jam sessions became regular … Read More

Kenny Baker (1926-2011)

Biography from Wikipedia Baker was born in Jenkins, Kentucky and learned the fiddle by accompanying his father, also a fiddler. Early on, he was influenced by the swing fiddler Marion Sumner, not to mention Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli. After … Read More

by Richard Defendorf Pickers who attend Josh Williams’ guitar workshops are pretty much spoon fed inspiration, just from watching him play. But they also are likely to find a measure of relief – and maybe even savor a moment of … Read More

A Brief History of Homespun Tapes

by Happy Traum From reel-to reel tape to DVD Homespun Tapes grew out of the conviction that making music is a positive and beneficial activity for both professional musicians and for those who want to play just to entertain themselves, … Read More

Stone Walls, Steel Bars, The Bluegrass Show

HVBA member Jim Wright, aka “Cowboy Jim,” spins the vintage grandfathers and mothers of mountain music, old time and their legacy throughout the decades and into today’s diverse bluegrass music scene on Station WGXC every other Monday night from 7-9:30PM. … Read More

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