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The Seldom Scene on WAMU’s Bluegrass Country

The Seldom Scene perform “110 In The Shade” in the Washington, DC studios of WAMU’s Bluegrass Country. To view more videos like this, visit and subscribe to our YouTube channel.

Jay Bruder on The Kojo Nnamdi Show

Bluegrass Country’s own Jay Bruder (host of The Home Town Special) was recently a guest on The Kojo Nnamdi Show. He joined the program to share rare recordings and chat about DC music history.

Click here to listen to an archived recording of the interview and access Jay’s Kojo-only playlist.

Front Country on The Lee Michael Demsey Show

Northern California’s Front Country join host Lee Michael Demsey for a live in-studio session on Monday, September 22 at 4:30 pm ET.

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  • Pocket Lick apps for banjo and guitar

    screen_thAs an instructor in ETSU’s Bluegrass, Old Time, and Country Music Studies program, and having taught several students privately as well, I’m well aware of the struggle many would-be students face when trying to learn to play a musical instrument. Between work, school, family, and […]

  • Dear Sister video from Claire Lynch

    dear_sister_thDear Sister, the title track from Claire Lynch’s current CD, has been a very popular number for her this past 18 months or so. Co-written by Claire and Louisa Branscomb, it continues her habit of recording thoughtful and compelling songs about the American Civil War, […]

  • Welcome new IBMA Board members

    ibma_thThe International Bluegrass Music Association has announced three new members of their Board of Directors, chosen by their respective constituent membership. Welcome Joe Mullins, David Smith, and John Goad. The IBMA allows their professional members to select from among several categories when they join, with […]

  • Crowe, Lawson, & Williams are still Standing Tall and Tough

    standing_tall_thStanding tall. A classic idiom we have all heard and probably used. By definition, the phrase means “being proud of yourself and confident in your abilities.” Different from boasting, standing tall exudes self-assurance, often in the face of adversity. When discussing the music of three members […]

  • Dick Freeland Remembered

    dick_freeland_thWe have collected some memories from a few people who knew Dick Freeland well. Long-time Bluegrass Unlimited contributor, Walt Saunders (he writes the column Notes and Queries) remembers Dick Freeland ……… I first met Dick Freeland in 1966. He was not only one of the […]

  • Behind The Mic with Julie Tucker

    julie_tucker_thSometimes, bluegrass music can sneak up and take you by surprise. One day you’re a casual fan, adding some bluegrass songs to your iPod occasionally and attending one or two festivals in the area each year. The next day, you’re all in: spending all week […]

  • Mac Wiseman – Blue Ridge Mountain Blues

    mac_songs_thWrinkled Records has released audio from their upcoming Mac Wiseman album, Songs From My Mother’s Hand. Due September 23, the record includes newly-recorded versions of old country and folk songs which his mother took down the words for by hand, and saved in a composition […]

  • Cold Spell – Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen

    cold_spell_thFans of Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen’s live show will certainly enjoy the band’s latest effort, Cold Spell, a ten-track collection out now from Compass Records. The songs here are full of the group’s impressive musicianship – lots of extended instrumental solos, rock-influenced grooves, and […]

  • Valerie Smith on The Human Condition

    human_condition_thYou can never be too sure what to expect from Valerie Smith. Her contributions to the musical arts follow her whim, as all art must do I suppose. Val has come through some difficult times of late, including health issues related to her voice. She told […]

  • Last chance to win Wide Open Bluegrass getaway

    wob14_thToday, August 28, is the last day to enter for a chance to win a pair of tickets to IBMA’s Wide Open Bluegrass festival in Raleigh, NC, along with hotel accommodations and $500 in travel expenses. The giveaway is sponsored by Visit Raleigh, the convention and […]

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