Man About A Horse’s Matt Thomas Is Coming Home For The Weekend

Over the river and through the snow has a more literal meaning this year for Matt Thomas. The Philadelphia native lives in the People’s Republic of Colorado these days. The first snow already melted out there and it’s already been replaced by a fresh coating. Thomas moved there about a year ago, following love to the Rockies. He’s about to fly back to Philadelphia for a three-day reunion run with his Man About A Horse[…]

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Dispatch from Smoked Country Jam: Another fine adventure in the mountains

Our Smoked Country Jam experience was a little different in a number of ways this year. Last year, our first visit to Ron Kodish’s sweet little hootenanny in the hills, we just made a day trip out of it. We decided before we even started our drive home that night that this year’s stay would be longer. Our plan was to go for all three days of the event. Outside factors, like the need to[…]

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Dispatch from DelFest, where Bloody Mary mornings turn into red hot Friday nights

Even though he is a Grand Ole Opry member, enshrined in every hall of fame that exists for the music he plays, and widely acknowledged as the reigning king of bluegrass, it seems like Del McCoury is still surprised by his success. Friday evening he stepped on to the stage and his eyes got wide as he looked out and saw the crowd gathered for the festival he hosts. His smile got wide, too. It[…]

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Dispatch from Grey Fox: Horsing around on Saturday proved a lot of fun

It is one of Dan Whitener’s prized possessions. It is a musical instrument so special to him that he only breaks it out to play it for special occasions. Yes, the Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival is such an occasion. “I wouldn’t want to take this outside to play, or to a festival, but this is one place where people know what it is,” said Whitener, Man About a Horse’s banjo picker, as he carefully wiped[…]

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Beautiful Venue, Solid Lineup. Much to Like About NEPA Bluegrass Festival

Editor’s Note: This festival “review” thing is an evolving notion. The “Brewskis” awards idea we trotted out at Gettysburg doesn’t work at places where you cannot see every act. We did sort of a “notebook” with our favorite sets after DelFest. We’re just going to sort of write about our impressions from NEPA Bluegrass Festival here. Eventually we will decide on a preferred style for festival recaps. Or not. If there is such a thing[…]

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Gimme Shelter, or Why the Progressive Stage Was the Place To Be Friday at the NEPA Bluegrass Festival

We never made it past the Progressive Stage Friday at the NEPA Bluegrass Festival. That was not the plan. It just happened that way. Blame promoter Danny Stewart. He’s the guy that booked all the fine bands who played the Progressive Stage. And blame it, in no small part, on the thunderstorm that rolled through the Endless Mountains region of Pennsylvania early in the evening. Truth be told, the weather was the major culprit in[…]

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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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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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