Porch Pride Festival to run throughout month of June

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. For Immediate Release: Bluegrass Pride Announces Porch Pride: A Month-Long Queer-antine Festival Programming to run virtually throughout June Featuring Lavender Country, Rainbow Girls, Gangstagrass, Po’ Ramblin’ Boys, Sunny War, Luisa Lopez, Stephanie Anne Johnson, Maddie Witler, and more. May 3, 2021 – San Francisco, CA – Bluegrass Pride, a Bay[…]

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“We’re definitely bluegrass tinged” — A conversation with Wood & Wire’s Billy Bright

We never expected it to take this long to complete the video of our Zoom interview with Wood and Wire’s Billy Bright. When we did the interview back in October, we figured the video would be ready in a week, maybe two. But after running into some early difficulties, procrastination turned into something more, some sort of sinister ‘rona blues that zapped all motivation. Hopefully we are past that. We’d like to think finally finishing[…]

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MerleFest says save the date, lineup to be announced in June

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. Festivalgoers and music fans worldwide will be delighted to know that MerleFest, presented by Window World, will officially reconvene September 16-19, on the campus of Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro, North Carolina. MerleFest, dubbed by Rolling Stone as “the gold standard for bluegrass, Americana, and string music festivals,” is normally[…]

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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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Del McCoury Band Puts a Fine Cap on Festive Weekend of Music at B Chord

It’s fall. The chilly temperature and the cool breeze rolling down the hillside at B Chord Brewing Sunday night made that abundantly clear. Fall, of course, is time for baseball metaphors. Time to write clever headlines like “B Chord knocked it out of the park again,” or “B Chord hits a grand slam,” or “B Chord keeps hitting streak alive.” Any of which, cliche aside, would work to describe the weekend’s festivities in Round Hill,[…]

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The Healing Power of Sam Bush Revives Sellout Crowd at BChord Brewing

You hear people talk about the healing power of music. About 500 people experienced it Friday night in Round Hill, Va., when the Sam Bush Band stepped onto the newly built stage behind BChord Brewing and launched into a jammy, almost three minute intro to an explosive, emotional “Play By Your Own Rules.” Bush’s usual Cheshire cat grin was even wider than usual as he delivered his trademark “Good evening music lovers” greeting. “I’m happy[…]

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Bronwyn Keith-Hynes shines with help from her friends on “Fiddler’s Pastime”

When Mile Twelve fiddler Bronwyn Keith-Hynes moved to Nashville two years ago, she rented a room from one of her former instructors at Boston’s Berklee College of Music, banjo picker Wes Corbett. During her time as Corbett’s tenant, the two got into a routine when Keith-Hynes was not on the road with her band. Each morning they’d get up, eat breakfast, then jam for an hour or so on old banjo-fiddle tunes. Now that collaboration[…]

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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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Latest album from Songs From the Road Band offers a fine musical ride

When Charles Humphrey II left Steep Canyon Rangers and took up with his buddies in Songs From the Road Band, some folks speculated he had grown weary of SCR’s heavy touring schedule. Suffice to say nothing could be further from the truth. If anything, Humphrey went from the frying pan into the fire when it comes to touring. After starting as a side project with a rotating cast of whatever Asheville musicians were in town[…]

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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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