Check out the sneak preview of Old Town Flood’s new video

Our first encounter with Mike Gaumer was just about a year ago in Philadelphia. The band Midnight Flyer had been chosen to open the “Philly Bluegrass Revival” one-day festival event, and its guitar player had a scheduling conflict. Mike, a former Philly kid who now lives in Baltimore, filled in and blew us away with his picking. The fact that he did it while holding the pick in a broken hand made it even more[…]

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Dispatch from Smoked Country Jam: Another fine adventure in the mountains

Our Smoked Country Jam experience was a little different in a number of ways this year. Last year, our first visit to Ron Kodish’s sweet little hootenanny in the hills, we just made a day trip out of it. We decided before we even started our drive home that night that this year’s stay would be longer. Our plan was to go for all three days of the event. Outside factors, like the need to[…]

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Lesser Known Acts Make Mountain Ride’s Camp Bluegrass an Eye Opening Experience

We were sitting under the awning of “The Bommer,” hiding from the sun and enjoying the music and Lisa and Zig’s hospitality simultaneously when we met Bob Keel. He introduced himself. Pretty sure he complimented the site. And he made us feel terrible, because first time we meet the guy first thing we have to say is “sorry, got here late and missed your set.” It’s not bullshit. We were not just being polite. We[…]

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Standing Test of Time, in its 5th Decade Seldom Scene Still Going Strong

There are few things in bluegrass that have stood the test of time the way the Seldom Scene has. What began as a weekly jam session in founding member Ben Eldridge’s basement made what current lead singer and guitarist Dudley Connell estimates was its 76th appearance at the Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival last weekend. Held twice each year — in May and in August — this was the 76th edition of the Gettysburg festival. It was[…]

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Songs From the Road Band Takes to the Road to Share Those Songs

When Charles Humphrey III suddenly announced last fall that he was leaving the Steep Canyon Rangers, the musical home he helped to build and his main musical focus for 18 years, it caught a lot of fans by surprise. The timing seemed a little odd. The Steeps were about to release a new album, one that included three songs written by Humphries. In a Facebook post announcing his decision, Humphrey wrote: “I’m excited to let[…]

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You might say guitarist Chris Luquette is going places

Chris Luquette may not be a household name with bluegrass fans, but anybody who has seen the 27-year-old Seattle native pick a guitar will tell you that thought should include the word “yet.” The 2013 International Bluegrass Music Association Momentum Award winner tore it up at the Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival this weekend. A member of Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen since 2012, his blistering solos and adept interplay with Solivan on mandolin and banjoman Mike[…]

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Recapping Day One of the 76th Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival

It rained most of the day, but that hardly dampened the spirits of the bluegrass fans gathered at the Granite Hill Camping Resort near Gettysburg for Day One of the 76th Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival. Of course with an opening day lineup filled with IBMA award winners and a couple of fine emerging acts, who was about to let rain dampen their spirits. Eric Avey, of local favorites Mountain Ride, talks about the thrill of playing[…]

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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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90 Seconds with Horseshoes and Hand Grenades

A night after their new record deal with the Infamous Stringdusteers new “Tape Time Records” label, Horseshoes and Hand Grenades were at Union Transfer in Philadelphia to open for the Stringdusters. We were there to shoot photos of the Stringdusters, and while moving from the floor to the balcony, we ran into banjo picker Russell Peder  and fiddler Collin Mettelka and had a quick chat about their soon to be released album (so close to[…]

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