June 2021

The Tradition

Notes & Queries – June

Queries Q: Terry McManus from Maine asked: “With Tony Rice gone, what will become of #58957? Will it be retired, which would be sad, or will someone else pick it up? My (unasked for) opinion – Wyatt Rice, Josh Williams, or Mark O’Connor.” A: #58957 refers to the serial number of Tony Rice’s 1935 Martin… Read the full article

The Artists

Jim VanCleve

Faith, Family, Fiddle & So Much More Photos by Shelley Swanger Jim VanCleve—best known as a fiddler, writer, session player, and producer—is first and foremost a man of faith and family who exhibits a burning passion for music. He quickly credits his grandfather and father as major influences in his personal and musical development. As… Read the full article

Jesse Brock

Innovative Mandolin Player Ready to Roll in 2021 Photos by Tia & Shane Reman Jesse Brock arrived at a crossroads in his music career after making the difficult decision to leave the Gibson Brothers band after five years.  The award-winning mandolin player decided to take control of his own career and step out as a… Read the full article

Sister Sadie

Leading Ladies of Bluegrass Photos by Jon Roncolato Sister Sadie made bluegrass music history last year when they became the first all-female group to win the IBMA’s “Entertainer of the Year” award. The ladies in the quintet were astounded with the prestigious honor. “I never in a million years saw that coming,” said Deanie Richardson, who… Read the full article

The Sound

Bishline Banjos

Filling the Gap Between the Traditional and the Progressive Photos by Mark Torrence Although Tulsa, Oklahoma native Rob Bishline did not grow up listening to bluegrass music, the acoustic music of early 1970s performers like Jim Croce and Gordon Lightfoot did grab his ear.  It wasn’t until about 1974, when he was 13 years old… Read the full article

Lynn Dudenbostel

Overcoming the Pandemic Year Photos by Matthew Dudenbostel Next year will mark the 25th year since Lynn Dudenbostel starting building world-class mandolins and guitars full-time (it’s been 32 years since his first guitar build and 25 since his first mandolin). But even in this pandemic year, Lynn has been exploring new avenues for instrument production,… Read the full article

Jonathan Mclanahan Embraces the Loar of the Luthier

McClanahan Trinity Model F-5 Mandolin Photos by Jonathan McClanahan In a relatively short time, Jonathan McClanahan has earned a place amongst the highest reaches in modern bluegrass mandolin building. His Trinity and Loretto F-5 models aspire to the loftiest standards of tone, projection, playability, and build quality. Played by C.J. Lewandowski, Danny Roberts, Wayne Benson,… Read the full article

The Venu

The Acoustic Shoppe

A Family Affair Photos by Cole Simmons “How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.”     In 1850, when Elizabeth Barrett Browning opened her Sonnet Number 43 of Sonnets From The Portuguese, she wasn’t thinking of bluegrass music! Bill Monroe was not yet even a gleam in his daddy’s eye. Still though, for… Read the full article

Bluegrass “Mr. Brightside”

A Tiktok Roots Revival Photo By Nathaniel Clayton I was born in the year 2000, a member of the first ever group of humans handed social media accounts in middle school. We lab rats were the first to leave our digital footprint on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and Snapchat at the tender age of twelve, tying… Read the full article