The Brewgrass Chronicle

Five Great Festivals for Tourists Visiting the Metropolitan Northeast Corridor

EDITOR’S NOTE: This travel guide to festivals in the Middle Atlantic States was written with British bluegrass fans in mind who might want a sidetrip to experience American bluegrass in a festival setting while visiting the cities in the NYC-Philly-D.C. corridor. It is not inclusive. There are a plethora of other fine festivals in the region. We looked for larger festivals with artists with names that a fan from across the pond would recognize. I[…]

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Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen Turn Up the Heat With Latest Album

If you were fortunate enough to see Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen live in 2018, chances are a lot of the songs on the band’s recent release, “If You Can’t Stand the Heat,” might sound a little familiar. There is a good reason for that. The band recorded the album, released in January of this year, last March. A lot of the songs on it have been on FSDK’s set lists since then. Of course[…]

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Mile Twelve is taking its fine Beantown bluegrass worldwide

Editor’s Note: This story originally appeared in The British Bluegrass News. The UK tour mentioned in the story actually got underway yesterday. It’s early January, and Bronwyn Keith-Hynes is enjoying a brief break in what has been a very busy schedule for her and her Mile Twelve bandmates when we catch up with her for a little chat about their plan for the new year. The band toured relentlessly in 2018, playing more than 100[…]

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Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen Cook Up a Smoking Hot Sunday Roast

FSDK delivers jammy set as they celebrate 10 years as a band with a two-day live recording run in Westminster, Md. Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen had just finished Lena (Leah By Permission), a song off of the new album, “If You Can’t Stand the Heat,” when bass player Jeremy Middletown launched into the very familiar bass riff of “Whipping Post.” The crowd, there for Solivan’s bluegrass stylings, thought it was a joke. Why not?[…]

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Mile Twelve Releases First Single From New, Bryan Sutton Produced Album; Full Album Due Out Next Month

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is a press release. We did recently write a profile of Mile Twelve for the British Bluegrass News which will appear on this site once the magazine is out in print. We will also be reviewing the new album in the near future and will share that here. We can say, having heard several of the songs on this album performed live already, we really look forward to this release. February 8,[…]

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Aiken Bluegrass Festival Announces Lineup Featuring Del McCoury Band, Billy Strings, Keller Williams, and More

Editor’s note: Occasionally we receive press release from artists’ representatives that we think would be of interest to our readers. This is such a release. February 5, 2019 – Aiken, SC – Bluegrass royalty, Del McCoury Band, will headline the 15th Aiken Bluegrass Festival on May 10th & 11th in Aiken, SC. The two-time GRAMMY winner, celebrating his 80th birthday this year, is at the top of a bill that brings the three-stage festival back to[…]

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Yonder Mountain String Band Announces 18-show Spring Tour Run

Yonder Mountain String Band’s 18-date spring tour includes shows with Horseshoes & Hand Grenades, Fireside Collective, and Dangermuffin. Editor’s note: Occasionally we receive press release from artists’ representatives that we think would be of interest to our readers. This is such a release. YONDER MOUNTAIN STRING BAND ANNOUNCE SPRING TOUR KICKING OFF MARCH 7 18-SHOW RUN WITH OPENERS HORSESHOES & HAND GRENADES, FIRESIDE COLLECTIVE AND DANGERMUFFIN WRAPS APRIL 7 Perennial road warriors YONDER MOUNTAIN STRING[…]

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Belated Merry Christmas from Yonder Mountain String Band

Editor’s note: Occasionally we receive press release from artists’ representatives that we think would be of interest to our readers. This is such a release. Acclaimed bluegrass jammers YONDER MOUNTAIN STRING BAND today surprise-released a new live compilation, Hines’ Finds: Volume Two – Fall Tour 2018. It’s available free to fans at http://bit.ly/hinesfindsV2 The band says, “We are excited to release Hines’ Finds: Volume Two – Fall Tour 2018 for your listening pleasure!  Following each[…]

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New Lineup Helps Make Jakobs Ferry Stragglers’ “Poison River” One of 2018’s Top New Releases

Officially, the Jakobs Ferry Stragglers 2018 release “Poison RIver” is the band’s third album. In a lot of ways, though, it feels like a debut effort. Originally formed in 2014, the Stragglers’ sound has always been built around the vocals of founding members Gary Antol and Libby Eddy. That does not change on “Poison River.” What does change on this release, and for the better, is the makeup of the rest of the band. With[…]

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For the Friends Who Make Up Songs From the Road Band, ‘The Stars Aligned’

EDITOR’S NOTE: This story was originally published in the British Bluegrass News — BBN85. From a distance, it seemed as if Charles Humphrey III was living a bluegrass musician’s dream. As the bassist, and one of the principal songwriters for the Steep Canyon Rangers, Humphrey was playing to bigger and bigger crowds, crowds fueled in part by the bands 15-plus years of touring and recording, both on their own and in association with Steve Martin.[…]

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