This week we are featuring fiddler Richard Greene. Richard grew up in Los Angeles and was part of the early bluegrass scene in Southern California. Most bluegrass fans are aware that he later went on to play with Bill Monroe, Seatrain, Muleskinner, Old and in the Way, The Grass is Greener and many more. He has had a very long and distinguished career in bluegrass and acoustic music.
This week we feature writer, author, performer and historian Neil Rosenberg. Our June issue focuses on early California bluegrass and one of the earliest bluegrass bands in northern California was a band Neil was in called the Redwood Canyon Ramblers. We talk with Neil today about the time he spent with that band and his history as a performer and writer in the world of bluegrass music.
This week we feature Dobro player LeRoy McNees, who is also known as LeRoy Mack. Our June issue focuses on early California bluegrass and and one of the earliest bluegrass bands in southern California was the Country Boys, who later changed their name to the Kentucky Colonels. LeRoy was the Dobro player in that band and then went on to have a career playing gospel music and recording several solo albums.
This week we feature Rodney Dillard. Our June issue focuses on early California bluegrass and the Dillards were right in the middle of what was happening in the Los Angeles music scene starting when they moved out there from Missouri in the early 1960s. Rodney talks about the early years of the Dillards in Los Angeles and the thriving music scene at the time.
This week we provide a phone interview that Dan Miller conducted with Tony Rice in September of 1998 in preparation for a cover story article in Flatpicking Guitar Magazine. The main interview is at the beginning, with a short follow-up interview tagged onto the end.
This week we provide you with the second part of an interview that Dan Miller conducted with Jimmy Martin at his home in 2003. In this segment of the interview, Jimmy will get out his guitar and demonstrate some of his rhythm guitar technique and singing. He and Mary Ann Garrison will also talk about the documentary film that was released about Jimmy’s life in music back in 2003.
This week Dan Miller digs into his interview archives and present the first part of an interview conducted with Jimmy Martin at his home in 2003. Jimmy will talk about his early life in bluegrass, his time spent with Bill Monroe and some of his own early bands. Plus, Jimmy will give some of his opinions about early bluegrass music and the bluegrass of the day. We hope you enjoy part one of the Jimmy Martin interview.
This week we are presenting the second part of the interviews that were conducted with Charles Sawtelle in 1997. At the beginning we continue to ask Charles questions about his background and work with Hot Rize. Then, for the remainder of the interview we will get into more technical questions about sound reinforcement and guitar playing.
This week we are presenting part one of a two part series of archived interviews with Hot Rize guitarist Charles Sawtelle. These interviews were conducted in 1997 in preparation for the writing and publishing of a book titled The Bluegrass Guitar Style of Charles Sawtelle. Sadly, Charles lost his battle with leukemia in March of 1999.
This week we feature multi-instrumentalist Darren Beachley, who was a member of Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver for four or five years starting in about 2005. He has also played with many other great bluegrass bands over the years, including Legends of the Potomac. We talk with Darren about his career in bluegrass, his time with Doyle and his latest bluegrass album on Turnberry Records.
This week we feature multi-instrumentalist Lou Reid. Our April 2022 issue features Doyle Lawson on the cover and Lou was a member of Doyle’s original Quicksilver. We talk with Lou about his early days in bluegrass and continue the conversation through his time with Doyle Lawson, his own band Carolina, and all the way to his present gig as a member of the Seldom Scene.
This week we feature the Duke of Drive, banjo master Terry Baucom. Our April 2022 issue features Doyle Lawson on the cover and, starting in 1979, Terry was a member of Doyle Lawson’s original Quicksilver. Since that time has performed with a number of top-tier bluegrass bands and now fronts his own band Terry Baucom and his Dukes of Drive. We talk with Terry about his work with Doyle Lawson and the many other bands his has performed with over the years.