MerleFest 2020 falls victim to Covid-19

MerleFest 2020 Cancelled in Response to Directives from North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper Wilkes County officials have cancelled all mass gatherings of more than 100 people in Wilkes County through the end of April Wilkesboro, NC – In response to directives from North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper and growing concerns out the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), Wilkes County officials have cancelled all mass gatherings of more than 100 people in Wilkes County through[…]

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Greensky Bluegrass Announces Summer Tour 2020

Very Special Guests The Wood Brothers Share the Bill; Tour Winds Through Midwest & East Coast Includes New Venues, Outdoor Amphitheaters 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. Greensky Bluegrass today announces a string of summer tour dates joined by very special guests The Wood Brothers kicking off the music each night. The two groups share a comradery[…]

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Jakobs Ferry Stragglers Come to Abbey Bar With a New Album In the Pipeline

The last time Jakobs Ferry Stragglers put out an album, Gary Antol decided to try a presale as a way to help finance the project. The first order of CDs was sold out before the album was even released. So when Antol and his bandmates decided to do a live recording in front of an intimate crowd of 30-40 people in Pittsburgh’s Church Recording Studio, he decided once again to offer fans a chance to[…]

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A Conversation With Ben Kaufmann of Yonder Mountain String Band

Yonder Mountain String Band rolled into the Capital Theater in York, Pa., Sunday night for the final stop of a busy fall tour. We sat down with bass player, and founding member, Ben Kaufmann prior to the show for a quick chat about life on the road and dealing with the passage of Jeff Austin amidst the band’s celebration of the 20th anniversary of their debut album, “Elevation.” Ben also filled us in on new[…]

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DelFest Announces Initial Lineup for 2020

November 21, 2019 – Cumberland, MD – DelFest, the festival brainchild of Del McCoury and his extended McCoury family now in its 13th year, in partnership with High Sierra Music, announced an initial star-studded lineup today. Held at the Allegany County Fairgrounds in beautiful Cumberland, MD, 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. DelFest originated from the[…]

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Frank Solivan Is Coming In From the Cold For Three-Day Weekend Run

It’s the middle of hunting season almost anywhere you go. And if there is one thing Frank Solivan likes as much as playing music, it is spending time in the outdoors. In the summer his social media feeds are full of pictures of his fishing adventures. In recent weeks he’s posted photos of hunting trips while visiting old friends in Alaska, where he lied for 10 years. So you might wonder how anybody talked him[…]

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Man About A Horse’s Matt Thomas Is Coming Home For The Weekend

Over the river and through the snow has a more literal meaning this year for Matt Thomas. The Philadelphia native lives in the People’s Republic of Colorado these days. The first snow already melted out there and it’s already been replaced by a fresh coating. Thomas moved there about a year ago, following love to the Rockies. He’s about to fly back to Philadelphia for a three-day reunion run with his Man About A Horse[…]

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Alison Krauss tops strong bluegrass lineup announced for MerleFest

Alison Krauss, The Jerry Douglas Band, Sam Bush, Tommy Emmanuel, and Peter Rowan are among the bluegrass acts included in the initial lineup announcement for MerleFest 2020, which will be held April 23-26. The annual homecoming of musicians and music fans returns to the campus of Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro, North Carolina, in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Willie Nelson was also announced as one of the headliners for the event. Editor’s note: Occasionally[…]

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Charles Humphrey III is confident Songs From The Road Band’s incessant touring is about to pay off

Ashville-based SFTRB making a pre-IBMA trip north for 3 shows By Chris A. Courogen BGC Editor When Charles Humphrey III decided to make Songs From the Road Band a full-time, touring gig, he knew it meant starting over almost from scratch. Sure, he brought the band some name recognition thanks to his time with Steep Canyon Rangers. And the rest of the band’s roster was made up of stellar pickers like mandolinist Mark Schimick, flat-picker[…]

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Dispatch from Common Ground’s bluegrass camp: Don’t you dare call it fantasy camp

Despite what you might have thought, Westminster is not in Western Maryland. It’s located sort of northwest of Baltimore and northeast of Frederick in some beautiful rolling hills. That fact was finally grudgingly acknowledged by the local institute if higher learning in 2002 when, after calling itself Western Maryland College for 135 years, it became McDaniel College. Istanbul, Constantinople, either way it was a beautiful place to visit, or at least it looked that way[…]

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