On Christmas Eve, we go old school for Day 5 of the 12 Days of Bluegrass

We have buddy who likes to say “there is no school like old school.” And that is how we are rolling on Day 5 of the 12 Days of Bluegrass. It’s kind of cool having this band be a part of the 12 Days with this beautiful rendition of Silent Night. After all, this is the night we celebrate the birth of a very special son, and the banjo picker in this band is the[…]

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Day 4: Keep Calm, and Play Bluegrass

One of our personal highlights of 2017 came back in March, when we traveled across the pond to visit our daughter, who was in grad school in London. It was on that trip that we made the connection that resulted in our Day 4 artists being a part of the 12 Days of Bluegrass. Evan Davies is an amazing mandolin player from Leeds, England, who we met on that trip. Evan was playing with the[…]

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Philly’s River Bones Band rocks Blue Christmas on Day 3 of the 12 Days of Bluegrass

When Man About A Horse’s Matt Thomas told us the River Bones Band was up for taking part in the 12 Days of Bluegrass, our first reaction was not “who?” That was our second reaction, after our joy at filling another of the 12 days. Then we read a Facebook thread about what bands people wanted to see at DelFest. Somebody mentioned River Bones. That they were mentioned in that light told us something. Checking[…]

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Day 2 of the 12 Days of Bluegrass features Colebrook Road

With the twinbill on tap Friday night at The Abbey Bar in Harrisburg, it seemed to make sense for Day 2 of the 12 Days of Bluegrass to belong to Colebrook Road, a band so local some of us know which intersection that street sign they always have on stage came from. They will share that billing with Day 1’s featured artists, Man About a Horse.(TICKETS HERE) Here is their take on the Johnny Marks[…]

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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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