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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There Is a Method to McCourys’ Album Release Madness

There was a time when it would be considered heresy for a band to release two albums on the same day. So to those brought up in times when the rules of the recording business were very different, it might have seemed unusual that both The Del McCoury Band and its jammier alter ego, The Travelin’ McCourys decided to both release their new LPs on May 25. Of course it is also usually the norm[…]

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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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