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Bluegrass Mon Jan 15 2018 14:00:00 GMT+0000 (UTC)
WHERE THE PARTY'S AT -- Bill Whelan (left), doyen of clawhammer banjo in this island, has his own YouTube channel. So far, it's modestly limited to five items, four of which Bill uploaded seven years ago. Even so, these include two fine videos of 1995 TV performances (RTE a
I don’t know when I first fully noticed Curly Seckler, but it may have been early in 2005 when he quipped, “Come here, you money-making thing!” to kick-off his penultimate album, Down In Caroline. I had, of course, heard
Every year, in mid-December, we head north to Ellenburg Depot, NY for the Gibson Brothers North Country Christmas Show held in the school they graduated from a few (not so few any more) years ago, Northern Adirondack Central School. Every year the mo
David Frum has written an erudite, scholarly, entertaining, coruscating, and, ultimately, both deeply scary and hopeful book called Trumpocracy: The Corruption of the American Republic (HarperCollins, 2018, 320 pages, $25.99/12.99). Using elegant, nu
Bluegrass Today announces that our friends in Red Wine (I) will be playing six shows in the USA next month (9-17 Feb.), including the celebrated Joe Val Bluegrass Festival in Massachussetts; and three months later (9-19 May) they will be touring Euro
This is the second consecutive vintage of Loveblock Pinot Noir 2013 ($37, 14%) that I've received as a sample and this New Zealand wine captivates me. The grapes are grown in Loveblock's high altitude "Someones Darling" Vineyard (Ce
The Stephen Stanley Band Jimmy & The Moon Wolfe Island Records With the Lowest of the Low again touring, their former guitarist Stephen Stanley has maintained his own path with his roots-rock Stephen Stanley Band. Reminding me a bit of The Ra
Walter Isaacsons huge biography Leonardo daVinci (Simon & Schuster, 2017, 624 pages, $35.00/16.99/14.88) big, thick, heavy, beautifully illustrated provides a wonderful journey through the life, mind, and works of a genius who lived more than
We Banjo 3 are preparing for a six-week tour of the USA, beginning on 9 February and playing thirty-one shows extending over the west coast, New England, DC, the Mid West, and the Upper South. The band are offering two free tickets for every single c
Ronnie Earl & The Broadcasters The Luckiest Man Stony Plain Records Bobby Bland’s (written by Don Robey) “Ain’t That Loving You” kicks off this latest blues missive from Ronnie Earl & The Broadc
 Agri-Civic Center - Okeechobee, FloridaThe YeeHaw Music Fest, held in the Agri-Civic Center in Okeechobee, FL, will run from Janury 18 - 21, 2018 with the gates opening at Noon on Monday, January 15th. Each year since moving from its previo
Recording, vocals, and acoustic instruments by Tracy Latham. Drum track by Band in a Box.Recording, vocals, and acoustic instruments by Tracy Latham. Drum track by Band in a Box.
This month I received a unique sampling package of the 2014 Cusumano Nero d'Avola ($15) packaged with a pizza making kit. The obvious message is that this Italian red wine from Sicily pairs well with America's favorite food. The Cus
Back at Our Lady of Perpetual Bingo where I went to school, along with the rack, thumbscrew, and bastinado, they has a curious custom of announcing grades in the final exam and then making everybody hang around for an extra week before turning us loo