Greensky Bluegrass, Sam Bush, Jerry Douglas, Peter Rowan among first wave announced for MerleFest 2022

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. December 6, 2021 – Wilkesboro, NC – MerleFest, presented by Window World, is proud to announce the first round of artists for MerleFest 2022, which will be held April 28-May 1, 2022. Emmylou Harris, Greensky Bluegrass, Rissi Palmer, and more will be joining the annual homecoming of musicians and music[…]

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Don’t Say We Didn’t Warn You – You’re Gonna Love This Album

Remember back in the day when Tipper Gore was running around looking to put warning labels on albums? Tipper’s aim was off a bit. As Todd Snider would point out, that song “Louie Louie” was never the reason teenagers were necking in the backseat of old Fords. But after listening to Jody Mosser’s fine solo debut, “Hands Full,” we’re beginning to think Tipper’s idea of warning labels might have had some merit. The warning label[…]

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Soggy Weather Doesn’t Dampen The Fun At Sultana Downrigging Festival

This is not the review we planned to write as we schemed over a plate of oysters and a beer while listening to Mile Twelve’s second set Saturday night at the Sultana Downrigging Festival. In our notebook we jotted down things like “emphasize all the bad things” and “play up the flooding.” “Emphasize the weather . . . High and Wides talked about playing here in a hurricane before” we noted. “line at beer stand[…]

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Colebrook Road’s Delayed Follow To “On Time” Is Well Worth The Wait

It has to be mentioned somewhere, so let’s get it out of the way now. Full disclosure, we consider the fellas of Colebrook Road as personal friends. Away from The Brewgrass Chronicle, we are fans of the band. Ethically it is important we make that known. And if that colors your reaction to this review, we understand. Especially since we suspect there will be those who accuse us of gushing about their new album, “Hindsight[…]

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Bad Weather Day at Charm City a Grim Reminder Winter is Almost Back

Mother nature giveth. Mother nature taketh away. That, in a nutshell, is the story of last weekend’s Charm City Bluegrass Fall Throwdown. After a Friday that was just ideal for outdoor music, and a similar start to Saturday’s festivities, a cold front and a line of storms passed through the Baltimore area that changed everything. What followed was a lesson, or at least a reminder of the seasonality of, and the fragility of being able[…]

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David Bromberg Is Going To Give Charm City Fall Throwdown A Little Religion

Much has been made of the story of how David Bromberg used to take guitar lessons from legendary blind bluesman the Rev. Gary Davis. “I learned an awful lot from the reverend,” Bromberg says, retelling the tale of how he started out paying Davis $5 per lesson initially, later to get his lessons free in exchange for serving as Davis’ guide, driving him to gigs and to church to preach. What is less shared about[…]

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“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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