The Brewgrass Chronicle

A conversation with banjo pickin’ poet Danny Barnes

Prior to his show last night at Elk Creek Cafe & Aleworks, banjo picking poet Danny Barnes sat down with Brewgrass Chronicle editor Chris A. Courogen to talk about his music, his upcoming appearance at DelFest, where he will perform with David Grisman and Sam Grisman, his latest album, chatty audiences, and the story behind what is perhaps his best known song — Get it While You Can. Here is that conversation:

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Wise Beyond Her Years – A Conversation With Miss Emi Sunshine

Festy 8 was a media nightmare, at least for us. Internet connectivity issues resulted in a number of interviews falling through because we could not connect with publicists who were coordinating artists’ schedules. One interview that worked out was with Miss Emi Sunshine, a 13-year-old girl with a grown up talent. It was an interesting conversation. We talked about what is like to be a child star, life on the road, and her fascination with[…]

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No gifts, no gimmicks – Jakobs Ferry Stragglers use straight ahead approach to raise money for newest album

Like a lot of bands, the Jakobs Ferry Stragglers could use some help producing a new CD. Like a lot of bands, they used one of those go-fund-music type sites to raise capital for a previous project. Gary Antol has no idea how a lot of other bands feel about those sorts of fundraising campaigns, but he knows how he feels. “I did one of those two years ago for our second studio album. It[…]

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Del McCoury set to convene The Bluegrass Congress on the banks of the Potomac

The press releases for The Bluegrass Congress, which is set to convene in late May in Cumberland, Maryland, suggest the legendary Del McCoury personally summoned the participants by sending out invitations on hand-rolled pieces of parchment. That might conjure up a good image for marketing purposes, but according to Del himself, that is not exactly how the event, which is sure to be a highlight of the 11th Annual DelFest, came to be. Credit for[…]

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Boldly going where few tread, Infamous Stringdusters bridge gap between tradition and the future

Genuine. It’s a word Andy Falco uses a lot when you talk to him about the music he makes with The Infamous Stringdusters. “The most important thing we can do is just stay focused on making the music that’s the most genuine to us,” says Falco, who was on the phone from back home in Long Island, N.Y., where he was getting ready to depart for The Stringdusters’ appearance at the Strings and Sol in[…]

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Ben Somers String Band’s debut album is an international All-American effort

BEN SOMERS STRING BAND “Live At De Melkbus” It’s a story I’ve told more than a few times, the tale of a couple of American parents on a visit to their daughter, a grad student at Kingston U., who decided to rent a car and take a drive south towards Hastings in search of some bluegrass music. A kind tipster on the British Bluegrass Music Association’s Facebook page had suggested we check out the Ben[…]

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Experience some freaky bluegrass when Larry Keel visits the Abbey Bar on Saturday night

There is no question about Larry Keel’s bluegrass chops. Born into a family of musicians on both sides, he began playing guitar at the age of seven and by the time he was eight he began playing at fiddlers conventions and bluegrass gatherings. Over the years he has on a laundry list of bluegrass competitions, both individually on guitar and  with Magraw Gap. one of his early projects, which also included banjo player Will Lee.[…]

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Georgia’s The Barbaric Yawps are a 700 Miles of Hard Driving Bluegrass Band

You have to really love playing bluegrass to play a room like the Grotto Pub. It’s not that they don’t try. They have decent sound equipment, one of those little systems with an iPad app to control it. But the speakers are aimed askew, an effort, I am guessing, to reach the corners of the room, which is dominated by two big pillars that sit what you might think of as center stage, second row.[…]

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Like Ernie Banks, Jody Mosser says Let’s Play Two (or even three)

There is a certain synchronicity between the start of baseball spring training and what is going down Saturday night at the Abbey Bar in Harrisburg. Those ballplayers down in Florida, or out in Arizona, have an extremely busy summer ahead. Over the course of 187 days, they will play 162 games. That works out to 15 days off in roughly six months. Sure, they will get a couple more days off for rainouts, but the[…]

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