“You want me to rate these? You’ve got to be kidding me,” says Sierra Hull

She’s a three-time winner of the International Bluegrass Music Association’s Mandolin Player of the Year award and three times she has been a part of collaborative efforts that have won IBMA honors as the Collaborative Recording of the Year. This fall she is touring with Bela Fleck’s supergroup and Sturgill Simpson’s all-star bluegrass outfit, as well as doing some touring on her own in support of her latest album, 25 Trips. We sat down with[…]

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Dispatch from Gettysburg, where Thursday was a homecoming for pickers with Pa. roots

There was an interesting theme Thursday at the 81st Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival, one that bodes promising for the kids who are taking part in the festival’s bluegrass academy this weekend. The two bands that bookended Thursday’s lineup were both bands with sort of roots at the Gettysburg festival. Members of Serene Green, which was appearing at Gettysburg for the first time, and the Travelin’ McCourys, who have graced the Starling Pavilion stage many times, both[…]

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Lineup Was Less Filling, But B Chord’s Lite Version Tasted Great To DelFest Fans

Hugs were back in fashion last weekend at DelFest LIte at B Chord Brewing Company as the CDC lifted its mandatory mask advisory for vaccinated folks, especially outdoors. It wasn’t quite back to pre-covid “normal.” Greetings among old friends not seen since 2019 usually included folks’ vaccination status. Folks stopped and asked before hugging. But make no mistake, hugging was back. Which does not mean people didn’t still greet by bumping elbows. After all, the[…]

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DelFest takes “Lite” version of its Memorial Day tradition on the road

If the people can’t come to DelFest, then the McCoury family will bring DelFest to the people. That, in an oversimplified nutshell, is the story of this weekend’s DelFest Lite at B Chord Brewing in Round Hill, Va. and a pair of semi-related Del McCoury Band shows. DelFest, in its full glory, will return to Cumberland, Md. in the fall, its late September dates chosen as an alternative when concerns over the Covid pandemic created[…]

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Infamous Stringdusters’ Bill Monroe Tribute album sure to please the purists

If you are a fan of the Infamous Stringdusters, you are used to a style of bluegrass that is heavily improvisational with long instrumental jams that can last so long that they actually wrap one song around another. In live shows, it is not unheard of for the Dusters to stretch a song as long as 20 minutes. What is unheard of is the Infamous Stringdusters playing seven songs in about that same time span,[…]

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Festival season makes an impressive comeback in Gettysburg

Let the record show it was 2 p.m., Eastern Daylight Time, when life as we used to know it took a giant step on its comeback trail when Donna Ulisses and her band took the Sterling Pavilion stage to kick off the long awaited 80th Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival. It came a year late and not a minute too soon for the smaller than usual, socially distanced, but hyper enthusiastic crowd at Granite Hill Campgrounds. Gathered[…]

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Songs From the Road Band will help Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival kick off festival season in the Mid-Atlantic

Sweet mother of Bill Monroe it is happening. After a year that seemed like 20, festival season is returning and in the Middle Atlantic region it kicks off in earnest this weekend with the 80th rendition of the Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival.One thing that won’t change is the lineup, which, as always, is filled with a fine blend of traditional and more contemporary acts.Among the bands that will grace the Sterling Pavilion stage will be Songs[…]

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Porch Pride Festival to run throughout month of June

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. For Immediate Release: Bluegrass Pride Announces Porch Pride: A Month-Long Queer-antine Festival Programming to run virtually throughout June Featuring Lavender Country, Rainbow Girls, Gangstagrass, Po’ Ramblin’ Boys, Sunny War, Luisa Lopez, Stephanie Anne Johnson, Maddie Witler, and more. May 3, 2021 – San Francisco, CA – Bluegrass Pride, a Bay[…]

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“We’re definitely bluegrass tinged” — A conversation with Wood & Wire’s Billy Bright

We never expected it to take this long to complete the video of our Zoom interview with Wood and Wire’s Billy Bright. When we did the interview back in October, we figured the video would be ready in a week, maybe two. But after running into some early difficulties, procrastination turned into something more, some sort of sinister ‘rona blues that zapped all motivation. Hopefully we are past that. We’d like to think finally finishing[…]

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MerleFest says save the date, lineup to be announced in June

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. Festivalgoers and music fans worldwide will be delighted to know that MerleFest, presented by Window World, will officially reconvene September 16-19, on the campus of Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro, North Carolina. MerleFest, dubbed by Rolling Stone as “the gold standard for bluegrass, Americana, and string music festivals,” is normally[…]

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