Newgrass Pioneer John Duffey-Part 1

This post continues the focus on some of the musicians who shaped a more modern bluegrass sound and paved the way for the innovations of the later bluegrass generation that came of age in the late 1960s and early 1970s. … Read More

Newgrass Pioneer Cliff Waldron

Beginning in the 1960s and early 1970s, the Washington DC area was home to several bands that were expanding the boundaries of bluegrass repertoire. The Country Gentlemen and the Seldom Scene both performed songs from outside traditional bluegrass sources, including … Read More

Fastest Bluegrass Around

Bluegrass is best played fast! When the beats per minute crest 160 and the banjo picks get revving, the fun can officially start. Today’s modern bluegrass pickers turn up the tempo dial to 11 with increasing accuracy, leading to fantastical … Read More

The HVBA Summer Concert Series – 2021

TICKETS AVAILABLE NOW FOR FIRST THREE CONCERTS PURCHASE YOUR TICKETS HERE click photo to enlarge Sunday Afternoons – 3pm to 5pm 15 Whitehouse Avenue – Poughkeepsie, NY Bring your own chairs and/or blankets. The HVBA is committed to two things: … Read More

March 12 Trivia Question

This Contest is Closed The winners are: Andy Bing David Gandin Mike Sassano Paula Moskowitz Vinny Nugent Wayne Fugate click photo to enlarge MARCH 12 TRIVIA QUESTION Let’s talk Tony Rice, but let’s talk about when Tony left bluegrass behind. … Read More

Bluegrass Masters: Banjo

Where would bluegrass be without the banjo? Well, if you listened to last week’s playlist, you’d know it wouldn’t be that bad… but we’d all miss the five-string all the same! Despite having a history that goes back many centuries, … Read More

The Big Tent of Bluegrass

Dick Bowden’s reference in a recent comment on the HVBA website to the “big tent, anything goes” nature of bluegrass music these days got me thinking…I started to outline some thoughts in a comment but the comment grew too long … Read More

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