February 2021

The Tradition

Notes & Queries – February 2021

NOTES In reference to a query in the November 2020 column concerning the song “When the Work’s All Done This Fall,” GC from Alexandria, Alabama, writes that “I had the song in my CD player as I read the question in ‘Notes and Queries.’ The song was also recorded by Norman Blake in 1991 on… Read the full article

IBMA Hall of Famers Revisited

John Hartford Photo By Barrett S. Bacau It is a Monday afternoon in December of 2020 and the DJ on the excellent WNCW-FM radio station is in the middle of diverse set of music. One of the best listener-supported radio stations in the U.S., WNCW can be heard beaming from radio towers located throughout the… Read the full article

The Artists

Jesse McReynolds Opry Memories

Photos By Michael Gomez After the passing of Jan Howard last March, Bluegrass Hall of Fame member Jesse McReynolds became the oldest living member of the Grand Ole Opry. In 2021 he will celebrate 57 years as a member—38 of those with his brother as “Jim and Jesse,” the longest running brother duo in the… Read the full article

Stephen Mougin is No Ordinary Soul

Photo By Elliot Lopes Stephen Mougin doesn’t live up to the title of his debut album, Ordinary Soul. The multi-talented label head is anything but ordinary. Not only does he run Dark Shadow Recordings, which he founded, but balances his time between his longtime sideman job with the Sam Bush Band, teaching, producing, engineering, singing,… Read the full article

Open Up Your Mind & Free the Music

“For the first little while you have to find something to keep yourself busy,” explains guitar-wizard Larry Keel on how he approached the time at home forced upon us when the world shut-down due to the Covid-19 outbreak. “Even going to take the trash out was a big day in the neighborhood.  It was something… Read the full article

The Five of a Kind

40 Years of Picking Traditional Bluegrass For 40 years, the Five of a Kind bluegrass band has been entertaining audiences up and down the Northern Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. Based in Strasburg, Virginia, the group’s personable and involve-the-audience approach to a traditional blend of bluegrass and classic country gathered a large following throughout the area…. Read the full article

Daryl Mosely Flies Solo

Photos by Shelley Swanger Despite his lengthy career in music, veteran bluegrass artist Daryl Mosley had his doubts that people would recognize his individual talents.  “Even though I’ve been in bluegrass music professionally for 30 years, you never really know who knows who you are,” Mosley said. “I’ve always been part of a band. I… Read the full article

The Sound

The Violin Shop

Photos By Shelley Swanger Providing a combination of sales, repairs, rentals, workshops, performances, and musical fellowship, The Violin Shop has been the choice of Nashville’s finest fiddlers for over 30 years. Meeting the needs of four- (and even five-) string devotees from bluegrass to classical, Celtic to old-time, The Violin Shop (at 2504 8th Avenue… Read the full article

Will Kimble J Model Mandolin

Photos By Bud Osborne Modern bluegrass mandolin players differ in many ways from their predecessors. Emerging players are more open to non-conventional bluegrass instruments, such as the lightweight Nechville banjo or the thin-bodied Bourgeois Guitars Odyssey Dreadnought played on stage by Andy Falco. Even Monroe acolyte Andy Statman joined that trend several years ago when… Read the full article

The Venu

Family Traditions: Festival of the Bluegrass

Nearly half a century ago the late Bob (1929-2019) and Jean (1929-2015) Cornett started Festival of the Bluegrass in Lexington, Kentucky.  It has become one of Kentucky’s most heralded bluegrass gatherings and it is championed around the world.  Over the years it has become as much of a bluegrass tradition as the genre itself.  Some… Read the full article