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 The first snow already melted out there and it’s already been replaced by a fresh coating.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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Tradition Holds Sway as 77th Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival Gets Underway

If you want to see a pretty good illustration of the divide between the Flatt Earth Society bluegrass purists and those with a less parochial view of what bluegrass is, Thursday night in Gettysburg would have been a good place to be. The folks who put on the two Gettysburg Bluegrass Festivals each year are hardly purists. While unlike some festivals, you will not find non-bluegrass “folk” acts spicing the menus at some festivals, Rich[…]

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Travelin’ McCourys coming home to headline next week at Gettysburg 77

It will be a homecoming of sorts when the Travelin’ McCourys take the stage next week at the Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival. Born and raised just one county over, this is sort of old stomping grounds for the McCoury brothers. “As far back as I can remember, we would go to Gettysburg for the festivals,” says Ronnie McCoury, who was born nearby in York and began coming to the Gettysburg festivals long before he was appearing[…]

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Time for The Price Sisters to put those college degrees to work

This interview originally appeared in the British Bluegrass News, Issue No. 84. You can get the British Bluegrass News delivered to your door by joining the British Bluegrass Music Association. All photos courtesy The Price Sisters. It is not easy to tell the Price Sisters apart if you are not seeing them in person. In person you can distinguish the 23-year-old identical twins by their hair styles. Lauren Price wears her hair shorter, in a[…]

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A Conversation With The Queen Herself, Miss Rhonda Vincent

This interview originally appeared in the British Bluegrass News, Issue No. 84. You can get the British Bluegrass News delivered to your door by joining the British Bluegrass Music Association. After having won almost every award the International Bluegrass Music Association hands out, Rhonda Vincent, and her band “the Rage,” finally won the one that had eluded them when their live album “All the Rage — Volume One” shared the Grammy in January for Best[…]

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