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

Bluegrass Memories Contest Winners!

The first prize goes to Stephen Brandt of Sharon, CT. 2nd prize – two HVBA T-shirts to Carol Smith 3rd prize – one HVBA T-shirt Ira Sheier.   Thank you to all that entered the contest. Stephen Brandt has won … Read More

What Is He Doin’?

In June 2008, the Wind Gap Bluegrass Festival in Pennsylvania hosted a segment called ‘Mandolin Masters’ in which Jesse McReynolds, Frank Wakefield, and Bobby Osborne sat on stage facing each other and extemporaneously traded tunes and licks for about an … Read More

HVBA Year In Review

While everyone seems to have given 2009 the bums rush out the door, I looked back and there were many great aspects to this past year.  I owe a huge debt of gratitude to the many people who contributed to … Read More

Special Consensus Plays Up A Storm!

by Craig Marshall POW!  “You liked that one?  Well, here’s another!”  POW!  And so it went all evening with one high-energy performance after another as the Special Consensus band delighted its audience with great bluegrass numbers played with gusto.  Our … Read More

Songwriting Part 3

Songwriting Software: MasterWriter version and other resources Songwriting Part 2 was my interview with Claire Lynch on the writing of her song “The Woods Of Sipsey.” All the resources in this article have not been fully tested and therefore … Read More

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