The Bluegrass Tao

A PRACTICAL INTRODUCTION TO THE ART AND CUSTOMS OF BLUEGRASS JAMMING [Note: This is the first of the Bluegrass Tao series] INTRODUCTION Although the terms “jam session” and “jamming” have their roots in the jazz culture of the 1930s, humans … Read More

Spotlight on Roundabout Ramblers

  Recently it was my pleasure to talk to DB Brown and Randy Cornelius from one of longest running bands in Poughkeepsie, formerly known as the Raymond Avenue Ramblers in the late 70’s on up, they are now reborn as the Roundabout Ramblers. … Read More

Hey Mister Bassman

by Doug Marcus Thoughts on playing bass; Bluegrass, Blues and Beyond I love playing bluegrass bass, however I am not strictly a purist when it comes to being the traditional bluegrass/rockabilly slapper. My approach to bluegrass bass is a result … Read More

David Peterson: Comin’ On Strong

by Enrico Scull What a great record. Peterson has that voice that sets a mood for the pure country music of the golden era that we all love. He covers some defining must-haves that anyone looking for a richer repertoire … Read More

Sierra Hull: Secrets

by Pat Dinges I was disappointed on the first listen.  I was expecting a CD packed with instrumentals with the mandolin front and center. After all, Sierra Hull is a gifted mandolin player, right? When I listened to Sierra Hull’s … Read More

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