DelFest takes “Lite” version of its Memorial Day tradition on the road

If the people can’t come to DelFest, then the McCoury family will bring DelFest to the people. That, in an oversimplified nutshell, is the story of this weekend’s DelFest Lite at B Chord Brewing in Round Hill, Va. and a pair of semi-related Del McCoury Band shows. DelFest, in its full glory, will return to Cumberland, Md. in the fall, its late September dates chosen as an alternative when concerns over the Covid pandemic created[…]

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Infamous Stringdusters’ Bill Monroe Tribute album sure to please the purists

If you are a fan of the Infamous Stringdusters, you are used to a style of bluegrass that is heavily improvisational with long instrumental jams that can last so long that they actually wrap one song around another. In live shows, it is not unheard of for the Dusters to stretch a song as long as 20 minutes. What is unheard of is the Infamous Stringdusters playing seven songs in about that same time span,[…]

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Festival season makes an impressive comeback in Gettysburg

Let the record show it was 2 p.m., Eastern Daylight Time, when life as we used to know it took a giant step on its comeback trail when Donna Ulisses and her band took the Sterling Pavilion stage to kick off the long awaited 80th Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival. It came a year late and not a minute too soon for the smaller than usual, socially distanced, but hyper enthusiastic crowd at Granite Hill Campgrounds. Gathered[…]

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Songs From the Road Band will help Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival kick off festival season in the Mid-Atlantic

Sweet mother of Bill Monroe it is happening. After a year that seemed like 20, festival season is returning and in the Middle Atlantic region it kicks off in earnest this weekend with the 80th rendition of the Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival.One thing that won’t change is the lineup, which, as always, is filled with a fine blend of traditional and more contemporary acts.Among the bands that will grace the Sterling Pavilion stage will be Songs[…]

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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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