Larry Keel is Living the Dream With His New Autobiographical Solo Album

Keel talks with the Brewgrass Chronicle about his new album “American Dream” For more than 25 years Larry Keel has been a self-described “road dog.” So when the Covid-19 pandemic forced the cancellation of shows he had booked literally all over the world, a guy who was seldom at home suddenly found himself not just stuck at home, but there with more time on his hands than he knew what to do with. Keel did[…]

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Mile Twelve’s Bronwyn Keith-Hynes goes solo on new album “Fiddler’s Pastime”

 A child prodigy, Bronwyn Keith-Hynes picked up a fiddle at the age of 3 and by the time she turned 16 she was off to Boston, having won a scholarship to attend the American Roots Music Program at Berklee College of Music. It was in Boston, in 2014, that she and her bandmates formed Mile Twelve. In 2018 she won an International Bluegrass Music Association Momentum Award for her fiddle playing. This year she is[…]

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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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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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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 DelFest, where, for some, dreams came true on Saturday

A lot of folks got up festival early to come out and see The Jakobs Ferry Stragglers and The Plate Scrapers on Saturday morning. Festival early is a term we think we just made up. It is inspired by the phrase “hiker midnight,” which Appalachian Trail hikers will tell you is 9 p.m. That is late at night if you walked 10 miles the day before and plan to do it again the next day.[…]

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Sam Bush’s DelFest memory: Seeking shelter from the storm

Sam Bush won’t be making it to DelFest this year. The mandolin monster is recuperating from abdominal surgery and had to bow out. Before that happened, though, we had a chance to talk with Sam for another pre-DelFest preview. We were talking about DelFest memories when he shared this story. It was headed for the written equivalent of the cutting room floor when a friend made a Facebook post reminding people not to be overly[…]

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Mile Twelve is taking its fine Beantown bluegrass worldwide

Editor’s Note: This story originally appeared in The British Bluegrass News. The UK tour mentioned in the story actually got underway yesterday. It’s early January, and Bronwyn Keith-Hynes is enjoying a brief break in what has been a very busy schedule for her and her Mile Twelve bandmates when we catch up with her for a little chat about their plan for the new year. The band toured relentlessly in 2018, playing more than 100[…]

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