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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Dispatch from Grey Fox: Horsing around on Saturday proved a lot of fun

It is one of Dan Whitener’s prized possessions. It is a musical instrument so special to him that he only breaks it out to play it for special occasions. Yes, the Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival is such an occasion. “I wouldn’t want to take this outside to play, or to a festival, but this is one place where people know what it is,” said Whitener, Man About a Horse’s banjo picker, as he carefully wiped[…]

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Dispatch from Grey Fox: A Friday filled from noon to late night with great music

“That old guy emceeing is known as a no-nonsense keep the show moving kind of guy,” said one of the volunteers working the High Meadow stage Friday afternoon. “He is usually out there with a kickstand, getting them right off the stage. He doesn’t encourage encores, so you know he liked them.” “Them” was the southcentral Pa. band Mountain Ride and they had just finished a set that included not one, but two encores. Two[…]

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Dispatch From Grey Fox: Thursday comes with Strings attached

You know those tap takeovers that are so popular in craft beer bars these days? It was like a musical version of that Thursday at the Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival, with artist in residence Billy Strings taking over the Walsh Farm festival grounds as the four day festival got started in earnest. Strings appeared on all three stages Thursday, starting the day off by sitting in with emerging artists Cane Mill Road on the Creekside[…]

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Hot picking, cold sleeping on Wednesday night at Grey Fox

Tim Kruzic was back home Wednesday night. No, the banjo picker from Columbia, Md., did not sleep in his own bed. He as at his second home, the one he has been going to this time of the year every year for the past 10 years – the Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival. “I’ve bee a volunteer the past 10 years. Those guys have been coming for longer,” Kruzic says, nodding in the direction of a[…]

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Was Smoked Country Jam a Good Time? Does a Bear Pick in the Woods.

“We came to see the wildlife in Pennsylvania. We saw it,” said Mike Munford, pointing to the crowd on the rail for Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen’s Saturday night set at Smoked Country Jam. “And we saw a bear.” That, in a nutshell, is a pretty accurate description of Smoked Country Jam, which has been held since 2004 at Quiet Oaks Campground in the middle of a part of Pennsylvania often referred to as “God’s[…]

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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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Lesser Known Acts Make Mountain Ride’s Camp Bluegrass an Eye Opening Experience

We were sitting under the awning of “The Bommer,” hiding from the sun and enjoying the music and Lisa and Zig’s hospitality simultaneously when we met Bob Keel. He introduced himself. Pretty sure he complimented the site. And he made us feel terrible, because first time we meet the guy first thing we have to say is “sorry, got here late and missed your set.” It’s not bullshit. We were not just being polite. We[…]

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