A (slightly) Dissenting View From Bluegrass Legend Del McCoury

We’ve made no secret how we feel about people who yak with their friends while the music is playing. Plain and simple, we think it is rude and disrespectful, both to your fellow show attendees, and to the artists performing. A lot of artists have told us they feel the same. Turns out, though, it doesn’t bother all of them. At least it doesn’t bother IBMA Bluegrass Hall of Famer Del McCoury. Del, who is[…]

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Dear Santa: Our one-act festival lineup addition wish list

It’s that time of the year. Festival lineups are being announced and everybody is on pins and needles, hoping their favorite act will be at their favorite festival. In keeping with the tradition of the season, here is our top wish for an act we’d like to on the bill of one of our favorite festivals this coming year. It’s not exactly bluegrass, but it’s close enough. Ever since we saw the videos on You[…]

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A conversation with Travelin’ McCourys bass player Alan Bartram

It was August 2016, and the Travelin’ McCourys were appearing at the Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival. We’ve written about that festival before. It is a fantastic event, and it is only 45 minutes from my home. Bonus points for very reasonably priced one-day tickets and a habitually strong Thursday night lineup. It’s great to be able to make a quick after work run down Route 15 for a night of music, often a great warmup for[…]

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50 years later, Bluegrass Boy Peter Rowan still likes his bluegrass ‘hardcore’

This piece originally was published in Nov. 2017 in The British Bluegrass News, the member publication of the British Bluegrass Music Association.     By Chris A. Courogen When Peter Rowan’s new, yet-to-be-titled, album is released, most likely early next year, Rowan will be returning to his bluegrass roots. Inspired by a sort of pilgrimage he made years ago with the legendary Bill Monroe, Rowan’s new album will pay homage to the late Carter Stanley.[…]

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What is the difference between a fiddle and a violin?

A conversation with Mountain Ride’s classically trained fiddle player extraordinaire, Scott Matlock It’s an old joke, with multiple punchlines. What’s the difference between a fiddle and a violin? Some say it is that nobody minds if you spill beer on a fiddle. Others say it is the number of teeth the guy playing it has. 

My personal favorite — about $10,000. Or as a similar version goes, when you are buying one it is a[…]

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