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Alan Jabbour – Rocky Road to Dublin

Alan Jabbour performs “Rocky Road to Dublin” live on the Old Time Jam.

Upcoming Performances and Interviews

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WAMU’s Bluegrass Country is pleased to present The Gibson Brothers in concert, Thursday, August 6 at AMP by Strathmore in Bethesda, MD.

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Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival

Grey Fox

40 bands. Camping. Jamming. Dancing. Kids activities. Thursday, July 16 through Sunday, July 19, in Oak Hill, N.Y.

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  • Jean Ritchie remembered 

    jean_ritchie_thThe late Jean Ruth Ritchie was born in the tiny hamlet of Viper, in Perry County, Kentucky, on December 8, 1922, already immersed in the folk music process; that of searching for and the oral handing down of songs. Ritchie’s paternal grandfather, Austin, was documented […]

  • LIVE! at Capon Crossing Farm – Bluegrass in the Barn

    buds_thIt’s a pretty hefty undertaking for a bluegrass band – especially an independent group – to release one album per year. Bud’s Collective, a relatively new group based out of the northern Virginia/eastern West Virginia area, upped the ante for their debut release, putting out […]

  • Bluegrass At The Beach launches in September

    batb_thFrom when I lived in south Alabama in the early ’90s, I remember Destin, FL for its pearly white beaches, crystal clear water, and tons of new construction. Much of the area had fairly recently been devastated by a hurricane, and insurance settlements and rebuilding […]

  • War Against Silence with the Bankesters

    banks_thCorey Smith, guitarist with modern grassers, Ash Breeze, has launched a promising new YouTube channel he calls War Against Silence. The concept is to create music videos that pair promising young vocalists with music that is more widely popular as a tool to increase music […]

  • Photos from ROMP 2015

    romp_thShelly Swanger was on hand at ROMP 2015, and just sent us these images from the festival.

  • Tara goes to Weiser 2015

    McFaul_thWell, June is a month of great music festivals all over the country, but one of my favorites is definitely The National Old Time Fiddlers’ Contest and Festival in Weiser, Idaho. Top notch musicians from all over the country descend on the tiny little town and […]

  • John Hickman hospitalized

    John HickmanWhen it rains, it pours… We posted last month about the fundraising appeal for banjo legend John Hickman and his wife Susie, hoping to raise money to fix his roof and make a number of needed structural repairs on their house. The great news is […]

  • Noam Pikelny joins Martin banjo prize board

    noam_thSteve Martin has announced that Noam Pikelny, current banjoist with Punch Brothers, has joined the Board which selects the recipients of the Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass Music. Noam had been the inaugural prize winner in 2010. Martin founded this award […]

  • Kids on Bluegrass headed for France

    kids_on_bluegrass15_thKids On Bluegrass is a program where talented teens and youngsters are highlighted during the IBMA’s World of Bluegrass each year. Special bluegrass kids are identified from around the country, and formed into a band to both entertain attendees and highlight the fun of picking’ and […]

  • When I’m Free – Hot Rize

    when_im_free_thOne of – if not the – most anticipated albums of the past year was the return of Hot Rize after twenty-odd years with When I’m Free. Since its release in late 2014, the group has embarked upon a popular tour and received a significant […]

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