Cabinet has to do what Cabinet has to do

We heard this news a while back from a promoter friend. At the time, everybody was being hush-hush. But it soon seemed to be the worst kept secret in the Brewgrass world. That is right folks. If you like to Get High On Pennsylvania Bluegrass will have to find a new dispensary. Cabinet announced today on Facebook what a lot of people seemed to already know. They are going on an indefinite hiatus after the New[…]

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Man About a Horse kicks off our 12 Days of Bluegrass with “Every Day Will Be Like A Holiday”

A couple weeks ago, not long after we launched this site, we got a crazy idea. Wouldn’t it be cool to share videos of bluegrass artists sharing Christmas music, we thought. Maybe gather recordings and put together a compilation that could be downloaded for a charitable cause. Of course trying to put together any kind of recording project that quick was out of the question. But what if we could get artists to make simple[…]

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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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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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Della Mae’s Jenni Lyn Gardner hits the road to support solo album

They are a grammy nominated bluegrass band comprised of five woman. They are undoubtedly the preeminent all-female bluegrass band in the world, though they don’t much care for people feeling the need to include gender in describing the band. Della Mae, which formed in Boston in 2009, started as a joke. But their music is not laughing matter. “We take it seriously,” says Della Mae’s mandolin player, Jenni Lyn Gardner. “If people are drawn to[…]

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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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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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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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Out of our element, and loving it at the Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival

Originally posted on courogen.com, August 21, 2016 The usual tricks to get to the front of the stage go out the window at the Gettsyburg Bluegrass Festival. You can’t hope to snake your way through gaps in the crowd, patiently surveying the sways and shifts in the human sea, looking for an opening, like a slow motion game of human frogger. And you can’t time your move for the end of the opening act’s set,[…]

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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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