Recapping Day One of the 76th Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival

It rained most of the day, but that hardly dampened the spirits of the bluegrass fans gathered at the Granite Hill Camping Resort near Gettysburg for Day One of the 76th Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival. Of course with an opening day lineup filled with IBMA award winners and a couple of fine emerging acts, who was about to let rain dampen their spirits. Eric Avey, of local favorites Mountain Ride, talks about the thrill of playing[…]

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A conversation with banjo pickin’ poet Danny Barnes

Prior to his show last night at Elk Creek Cafe & Aleworks, banjo picking poet Danny Barnes sat down with Brewgrass Chronicle editor Chris A. Courogen to talk about his music, his upcoming appearance at DelFest, where he will perform with David Grisman and Sam Grisman, his latest album, chatty audiences, and the story behind what is perhaps his best known song — Get it While You Can. Here is that conversation:

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Wise Beyond Her Years – A Conversation With Miss Emi Sunshine

Festy 8 was a media nightmare, at least for us. Internet connectivity issues resulted in a number of interviews falling through because we could not connect with publicists who were coordinating artists’ schedules. One interview that worked out was with Miss Emi Sunshine, a 13-year-old girl with a grown up talent. It was an interesting conversation. We talked about what is like to be a child star, life on the road, and her fascination with[…]

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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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On Day 11, We’re Going to Have to Owe You One

Well, this is awkward. You came here expecting to find another original video by an amazing artist, done specially just for the 12 Days of Bluegrass. Of course you did. And why not? After all, that is what we promised when we began this series back on December 20. One a day between then and New Year’s Eve. That was the promise. That was the plan. So we are rather embarrassed to tell you, sorry,[…]

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We’re Willing to Wager You Have Never Seen The Plate Scrapers Quite Like This #Day10

You will hear people talk about traditional music when they talk about bluegrass. But in bluegrass, traditional usually means from the 1940s. The song selected by The Plate Scrapers, our featured artists on Day 10 of the 12 Days of Bluegrass, is much older than that. Almost 100 years older, to be exact. Oh Holy Night was written in France in 1847 by a guy by the name of Adolphe Adam, the same dude who[…]

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Man About a Horse kicks off our 12 Days of Bluegrass with “Every Day Will Be Like A Holiday”

A couple weeks ago, not long after we launched this site, we got a crazy idea. Wouldn’t it be cool to share videos of bluegrass artists sharing Christmas music, we thought. Maybe gather recordings and put together a compilation that could be downloaded for a charitable cause. Of course trying to put together any kind of recording project that quick was out of the question. But what if we could get artists to make simple[…]

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