As Tim O’Brien and Friends kicked off the final set of RockyGrass 2012, I planted my feet a couple of yards behind the elevated stage. The canopy of treetops overhead, awash in color from the stage lights, absorbed a light drizzle. To my right, the deity of all double bassists, Edgar Meyer, calmly warmed up next to the main stage staircase.
The 38th Annual Bluegrass Hall of Fame & Uncle Pen Days Festival will be held September 19-22, 2012 at the Bill Monroe Memorial Bluegrass Music Park & Campground in Brown County, Indiana. The 4-day event includes a stellar line-up of over 25 bluegrass bands, instrument and vocal workshops, jam sessions, camping, food, vendors, flea market and fellowship. Tickets and camping reservations can be purchased by pho
Grateful Web was recently fortunate enough to speak with bluegrass/newgrass mandolinist, David Grisman. Dawg was kind enough to share some of his history with bluegrass legend, Del McCoury, David & Del’s new release, Hardcore Bluegrass in the Dawg House, Davi
Award-winning mandolinist and music producer David Grisman announced today the release of Del and Dawg - Hardcore Bluegrass in the Dawg House. The album features 16 tracks from two recording sessions with celebrated bluegrass master Del McCoury and his band.
What is bluegrass? Is it the strictly dictated by the legacy of Bill Monroe? Is it constructed by the lead guitar flat-pick licks of Tony Rice, Norman Blake, or Charles Sawtelle? Is it held by the torch of the current up-and-up popularity that the genre is experiencing?
It is such a gem that the large family of bluegrass music still has the likes of Del McCoury around. And simply declaring that Del is “still around” is a gross understatement. More accurately would be acknowledging his linage and persona as being at a career-high peak moment. Not only has classic bluegrass music had resurgence in popularity over the last twenty years, but also many of the oldies of the genre are still hashing out quality work.
The Grateful Web recently had a chance to talk to The Infamous Stringdusters' guitar player, Andy Falco, discussing their upcoming Festy Experience festival, some of the Stringdusters diverse musical backgrounds and why Yonder Mountain String Band would put a tear in the eye of the omnipotent
In light of the upcoming Fourth of July I would like to invite all readers to comment with your ideas of what constitutes American Music. We could get a very nice discussion going regarding bands, styles, influences, allusions, imagery, intent, and anything else that might come up about what American Music is, was, means and does.