Ben Somers String Band’s debut album is an international All-American effort

BEN SOMERS STRING BAND “Live At De Melkbus” It’s a story I’ve told more than a few times, the tale of a couple of American parents on a visit to their daughter, a grad student at Kingston U., who decided to rent a car and take a drive south towards Hastings in search of some bluegrass music. A kind tipster on the British Bluegrass Music Association’s Facebook page had suggested we check out the Ben[…]

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Experience some freaky bluegrass when Larry Keel visits the Abbey Bar on Saturday night

There is no question about Larry Keel’s bluegrass chops. Born into a family of musicians on both sides, he began playing guitar at the age of seven and by the time he was eight he began playing at fiddlers conventions and bluegrass gatherings. Over the years he has on a laundry list of bluegrass competitions, both individually on guitar and  with Magraw Gap. one of his early projects, which also included banjo player Will Lee.[…]

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Georgia’s The Barbaric Yawps are a 700 Miles of Hard Driving Bluegrass Band

You have to really love playing bluegrass to play a room like the Grotto Pub. It’s not that they don’t try. They have decent sound equipment, one of those little systems with an iPad app to control it. But the speakers are aimed askew, an effort, I am guessing, to reach the corners of the room, which is dominated by two big pillars that sit what you might think of as center stage, second row.[…]

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Like Ernie Banks, Jody Mosser says Let’s Play Two (or even three)

There is a certain synchronicity between the start of baseball spring training and what is going down Saturday night at the Abbey Bar in Harrisburg. Those ballplayers down in Florida, or out in Arizona, have an extremely busy summer ahead. Over the course of 187 days, they will play 162 games. That works out to 15 days off in roughly six months. Sure, they will get a couple more days off for rainouts, but the[…]

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Dave Brown and the Dishonest Fiddlers offer up a sneak preview of the upcoming album

Our friend, Dave Brown, and his band, the Dishonest Fiddlers, have been in the studio working on a new album they hope to release next month. They will be playing stuff from the upcoming album Saturday night at Mountain Sky for the Year of the Dawg event, including this number, Steamtown Blues, which Dave was kind enough to slip us a rough cut of. This is not what will be the finished version when the[…]

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Dawg gone good time on tap at Mountain Sky this weekend

Back in the fall, when it looked as if there would be nothing musical going on in Northeastern Pennsylvania, Beth Cornetta Oros started thinking about taking matters into her own hands. “Dave Brown and I were talking about New Years Eve. Nothing had been announced yet for Cabinet,” Oros explains. “Then the Cabinet show at the Kirby was announced, so I thought, why not do it for Chinese New Years.” O.K., if you want to[…]

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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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A (slightly) Dissenting View From Bluegrass Legend Del McCoury

We’ve made no secret how we feel about people who yak with their friends while the music is playing. Plain and simple, we think it is rude and disrespectful, both to your fellow show attendees, and to the artists performing. A lot of artists have told us they feel the same. Turns out, though, it doesn’t bother all of them. At least it doesn’t bother IBMA Bluegrass Hall of Famer Del McCoury. Del, who is[…]

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Out With the Old and In With the New With Pappy Biondo

Auld Lang Syne. For Old Times Sake. We’d heard rumors of the impending hiatus, but it had not been announced yet. That was not a factor when we asked Pappy Biondo if he’d be a part of the 12 Days of Bluegrass. We just thought Auld Lang Syne was a song made for the pedal steel and we knew Pap was into playing that contraption he picked up not to long ago. Seems like it[…]

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