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

Howard Tubbs (1931-2011)

We are sad to report the loss of a good friend and ardent lover of bluegrass music. Howard L. Tubbs, 79, died on February 2, 2011 after a 15 year struggle with Parkinson’s Disease. Howard had many interests, including maintaining … Read More

West Point Jam-October 23, 2010

by Mary Jane Pitt Note: The following article, written by Mary Jane Pitt, the Editor of the “News of the Highlands” was sent to us.  The correction, to be noted, is that the President of the Hudson Valley Bluegrass Association … Read More

Banjo Anatomy 101

by Carolina Bridges BANJO ANATOMY – VIEW NOW   When I give tours here at the factory, I ask our visitors to think of the banjo as a “giant lollipop” because many of them are not banjo players…but we have … Read More

Bethel Woods Bluegrass Jamboree

by R.J. Storm The music at Bethel Woods was magnificent!  Dubiously advertised as a festival, it was strange attending a festival without anybody bringing instruments and jamming.   Sort of a sophisticated venue to listen to bluegrass with a “pinky … Read More

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