Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road trek to Wyoming for video shoot
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by John Lawless
17h ago
Lorraine Jordan shared some photos of the trip she took with her band, Carolina Road, out west to Wyoming recently. The proximate reason for the visit was to play at friend and songwriter David Stewart’s Occidental Hotel in Buffalo, WY. But as long as they were there, they all decided to take in some sightseeing, and use the old west charm of the historic Occidental for a video shoot. The next single for Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road is Keepers of The Flame, a new Country Grass song, and while the video won’t be ready for several weeks, Jordan wanted to tease the release with some of th ..read more
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Billy Thibodeau inducted into the Maine Country Music Hall of Fame
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by John Lawless
17h ago
Billy Thibodeau, mandolinist with Rock Hearts, has been inducted into the Maine Country Music Hall of Fame. He officially joined the HOF on May 19, and now shares this distinction with his father, Sam Tidwell, who is in the Rhode Island Bluegrass Alliance Hall of Fame. Thibodeau, who had resided in Maine for 42 years, born in Ripley, now lives in Cumberland, Rhode Island, where he does repair work at Rick’s Musical Instruments. He has been involved in bluegrass all of his adult life, after learning the ropes from his dad, who had worked with Don Reno, Red Smiley, and Mac Wiseman, among others ..read more
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Submarine from The Gina Furtado Project
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by John Lawless
17h ago
It’s been a while since we’ve heard new music from Gina Furtado, but Mountain Home Music has remedied that with a new single with the one word title, Submarine. Recorded with her eponymous Gina Furtado Project, the song shares a whimsical story about a little girl who grows up dreaming of living under the sea in a submersible craft. Just when you think it’s a fanciful number about childhood imagination, it veers into a lesson on gender equality. Furtado described the odd genesis for Submarine. “The idea for this song was not mine. A gentleman approached me after a show and insisted that I sho ..read more
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Chuck Ward passes
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by Sandy Hatley
1d ago
North Carolina bluegrass musician, Chuck Ward, 61, of Albemarle, passed away Tuesday, May 14, 2024. A multi-instrumentalist, he was the son of the late renowned luthier and musician, Clermon “CE” Ward. He played mandolin, fiddle, and guitar, but his primary instrument was the banjo. He even built one under the guidance of his father’s workmanship and expertise. Chuck started playing guitar during his mid-teens and then expanded to other instruments. He went on to perform with several area bands. Guitarist Keith Souther stated, “Chuck played with us for about three years. The band was Destinat ..read more
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Ashleigh Graham to Pinecastle Records
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by John Lawless
2d ago
Pinecastle Records has announced the signing of singer, songwriter, and mandolinist Ashleigh Graham to the label. Concurrent with the announcement, they have released a first single with Ashleigh, a cute and clever song she wrote about one of southerners’ favorite sayings. A North Carolina native now living in Knoxville, TN, Graham has been involved in bluegrass since she was a young teen. The EP she is finalizing for Pinecastle will be her third recording, but the first released on a national level. Like many young women in music, Ashleigh stepped away from performing briefly to start a fami ..read more
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Lonely Pine from The Po’ Ramblin’ Boys
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by John Lawless
2d ago
The Po’ Ramblin’ Boys – photo © Michael Weintrob Smithsonian Folkways Recordings has released a new single for The Po’ Ramblin’ Boys, a song written by guitarist Josh Rinkel called Lonely Pine. Readers who attended the 2023 IBMA Bluegrass Music Awards show, or watched it online, should remember this song as it was debuted that night in Raleigh. Now it is finally available for purchase and streaming. The songs fits a common PRB theme, the importance of the connection between the people who work the land, and the land itself. Or as bandleader and mandolinist C.J. Lewandowski puts it… “Lonely Pi ..read more
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More Gettysburg 2024 photos
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by Frank Baker
2d ago
Rhonda Vincent at the Spring 2024 Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival – photo © Frank Baker Here’s another collection of Frank Baker’s images shot during this past weekend’s Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival in Pennsylvania, the 87th running of this twice-yearly event. At least one more gallery yet to come ..read more
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Every Good Path – Chigger Hill Boys & Terri
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by Braeden Paul
2d ago
The Chigger Hill Boys & Terri have been presenting their own brand of bluegrass gospel music since 2001. Their ninth studio release, Every Good Path, is another display of the group’s originality. All thirteen songs on this project were either solely written or co-written by the group’s lead vocalist, Terri Argot Gore. The opening track, My Path Was Paved By The Blood Of The Lamb, gets things off to a strong start with a powerful banjo kickoff from Jim Britton. Out of all the songs on this project, this one ties in the closest with the project’s theme of a path, and a ..read more
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From The Side of the Road… quiz for bluegrass college students
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by Chris Jones
2d ago
It’s been such an exciting development to see the growth of bluegrass music in higher education. Programs like those at ETSU, Berklee, and Morehead State are not just providing degrees to students who are pursuing their musical passion, they are turning out serious professionals in the business, from Becky Buller to Chris Pandolfi. There’s one area where these programs may fall short, however. Perhaps they’re already addressing it and I don’t know it yet. If so, forgive my ignorance (“Forgive My Ignorance” was originally going to be the title of this weekly column). Academic counseling has al ..read more
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John Cowan talks New Grass Revival and his new album
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by Lee Zimmerman
3d ago
John Cowan – photo © Zdeněk Hataš It would be difficult if not impossible to overestimate John Cowan’s role in bringing bluegrass to a wider and more diverse audience. Given the role he played in the New Grass Revival, arguably the first band that crossed the boundary between the traditional and the contemporary, he, Sam Bush, Béla Fleck, Pat Flynn, Courtney Johnson, Butch Robins, and Ebo Walker helped find new horizons for those archival sounds, and bridge the gap between those that stayed true to tradition and younger musicians who had a reverence for the past while visualizing the possibil ..read more
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