Bluegrass Congress Lives Up to Hype, Highlighting a Great Weekend of Music at DelFest 11

Somewhere around 10:43 p.m. Sunday night, Del McCoury walked off the grandstand stage at DelFest 11, and what was an amazing weekend of eclectic music shifted into neutral. Yeah, Old Crow Medicine Show would play for another hour or so, but after they gathered around a single mic with the host of the party for a singing lesson on “Lost Highway,” Del left that stage, and we could coast. It was all downhill from there.[…]

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And the winner is . . . handing out Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival honors

Thought we’d try a different way of reviewing a festival by handing out some awards following this weekend’s 76th Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival. The idea is pretty simple — after each festival we cover, we will hand out our best of show honors and at the end of festival season we will bestow Brewskis (or maybe we will come up with a better name) to the bests we experience during festival season. Or maybe we will[…]

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Trampled By Turtles is Back, and it Was Worth the Wait

Call it a rookie mistake. It was our first visit to DelFest. We’d never heard of Trampled by Turtles. You might say we didn’t know any better. Lame excuse, to be sure. But we were heading home Sunday night. We’d not known about the magical late night sets at DelFest, so we didn’t have tickets for the Traveling McCourys’ customary sendoff. So we figured we’d skip the last act on the main stage and get[…]

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Ben Somers String Band’s debut album is an international All-American effort

BEN SOMERS STRING BAND “Live At De Melkbus” It’s a story I’ve told more than a few times, the tale of a couple of American parents on a visit to their daughter, a grad student at Kingston U., who decided to rent a car and take a drive south towards Hastings in search of some bluegrass music. A kind tipster on the British Bluegrass Music Association’s Facebook page had suggested we check out the Ben[…]

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Impressive debut album by Philadelphia’s Man About a Horse

Man About a Horse (by Man About a Horse) If you want to get technical, Man About a Horse’s self-titled debut album is not really the band’s debut recording. In fact, it is not even their only release by that name. But even though this fine 10-song effort includes one of the songs that appeared on the group’s 2015 four-song “Man About a Horse” EP, this really is a fresh new effort in a lot[…]

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Serene Green shines on debut CD “To Whom It Pertains”

This review was originally published in August 2017 in Issue 82 of the British Bluegrass News To Whom It Pertains is the debut CD by Pennsylvania bluegrass outfit Serene Green It’s been a whirlwind summer for the eastern Pennsylvania based quartet Serene Green. The long-running project of guitarist Michael Johnson and mandolin picker Quentin Fisher evolved to its current lineup about two years ago, solidifying as a strictly bluegrass string band with the addition of[…]

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