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Driftwood on WAMU’s Bluegrass Country

Driftwood perform “Company Store” in the Washington, DC studios of WAMU’s Bluegrass Country. To view more videos like this, visit and subscribe to our YouTube channel.

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Leyla McCalla on The Al Steiner Show

Songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Leyla McCalla joins host Al Steiner for a live in-studio performance on Tuesday, November 25 at 2 pm ET.

She’ll perform songs from her new release Vari-Colored Songs: A Tribute to Langston Hughes.

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  • Special C does Australia

    consensus_thWe heard last week from Greg Cahill, who shared a few words (and photos) about Special Consensus’ recent trip Down Under. Special C made the first band trip to Australia last week to play the MountainGrass festival in Harriettville (about 4 hrs from Melbourne). Our […]

  • Carl Goldstein – Delaware Bluegrass

    carl_goldstein_thThis is the second of an occasional series of features on personalities in the bluegrass music world.  Carl J Goldstein is a co-founder (in 1971), and now Chair, of the Brandywine Friends of Old Time Music (BFOTM) and a Director of the Delaware Valley Bluegrass […]

  • An open letter to IBMA from Art Menius

    art_thThis commentary is a contribution from Art Menius, who has been involved with the International Bluegrass Music Association since its inception. He delivered it to the IBMA Board last week, prior to their official meeting on November 19, and has asked us to run it […]

  • Ernie Evans’ cancer fight continues

    ernie_evans_thWe reported last week on Ernie Evans undergoing surgery on November 17. A pair of tumorous growths were successfully removed, along with a kidney stone, but subsequent tests have revealed that the cancer remains. Ernie is a very popular performer in Florida, where he tours […]

  • Song of the Mountains mural in Marion

    sotm_mural_thThe town of Marion, Virgina has become a familiar one to fans of bluegrass music based on the popularity of Song Of The Mountains, a live performance television show that airs on dozens of PBS affiliates across the US. Marion has been a strong supporter […]

  • What is going on with IBMA?

    ibma_thSeveral readers have asked us on Facebook, in comments to our recent articles,  and in direct communications, to try and explain what has led to the current turmoil within the Board of Directors of the International Bluegrass Music Association. So here is, to the best of […]

  • Terry and Jan Lease retiring

    midwest_bg_thSince 1986, Terry Lease has been actively promoting bluegrass music in Illinois, and surrounding midwestern states. He and his wife, Jan, hosted their first Greater Downstate Indoor Bluegrass Festival in Springfield in November of ’86, and have run it annually this past 28 years. They […]

  • For IBMA, Time For A Change

    weisberger_thIt’s time for Jon Weisberger to resign as the chairman of IBMA’s board of directors. I don’t say that lightly. As a lifetime member of the organization, I’ve put $1,000 where my mouth is because I believe in bluegrass music, earn part of my living […]

  • A Quiz – Who Am I?

    who_am_iHow well do you know your bluegrass, both contemporary and historic? Check your knowledge of trivia with the questions below. I played with the Lost and Found, the Larry Stephenson Band and the Lonesome River Band before joining Lou Reid and Carolina. Who am I? […]

  • Behind The Mic with Jerry Eicher

    eicher_thClose your eyes and imagine this: an upright radio with a big round dial on the front, with fiddle tunes coming through the speakers. A family gathered around it in the living room, waiting for their favorite song to come on so they can roll […]

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