Gettysburg Day Two — Stretching Out in the Rain

It was stretch day Friday at the 76th Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival. The bi-annual festival, which has been happening since 1979, has a reputation as one of the top traditional bluegrass festivals in the country.The McCoury brothers tell stories about chasing girls there when they were teenagers tagging along to their dad’s gigs. All the greats have played there, including Bill himself. The promoters are not afraid to push the envelope now and again, though. A[…]

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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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No gifts, no gimmicks – Jakobs Ferry Stragglers use straight ahead approach to raise money for newest album

Like a lot of bands, the Jakobs Ferry Stragglers could use some help producing a new CD. Like a lot of bands, they used one of those go-fund-music type sites to raise capital for a previous project. Gary Antol has no idea how a lot of other bands feel about those sorts of fundraising campaigns, but he knows how he feels. “I did one of those two years ago for our second studio album. It[…]

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Boldly going where few tread, Infamous Stringdusters bridge gap between tradition and the future

Genuine. It’s a word Andy Falco uses a lot when you talk to him about the music he makes with The Infamous Stringdusters. “The most important thing we can do is just stay focused on making the music that’s the most genuine to us,” says Falco, who was on the phone from back home in Long Island, N.Y., where he was getting ready to depart for The Stringdusters’ appearance at the Strings and Sol in[…]

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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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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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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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