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The world has brought us the instruments that have been integral to the evolution of American music.

Published in Music News

Last Thursday night at Concordia Turner Hall I closed my eyes and was instantly transported to 1965, a calliope tooting in the distance, watching the banks of the Mississippi River glide past from a porthole on the S.S. Admiral.

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Noam Pikelny
"Noam Pikelny Plays Kenny Baker Plays Bill Monroe"
Compass Records

I'm just going to come right out and say it: I love everything about this album. The only way to make it any better would be to have it autographed.

Published in Reviews

If you have never seen the Carolina Chocolate Drops live, you must immediately fill up your biggest thermos with tar-black coffee, get in the car and follow them to Indianapolis for their gig on Saturday.

Published in Reviews
Monday, 26 December 2011 12:15

Top 10 banjo moments of 2011

Derided in countless jokes, often by the very people that play it, the banjo just might be poised to show us why it really is the greatest instrument ever. Or, at the very least, to make a good case as to why it isn't the worst.

Published in Music News

Noam Pikelny
"Beat the Devil and Carry a Rail"
Compass

In "Beat the Devil and Carry a Rail," his latest solo release, Noam Pikelny has created a moving, playful collection that features so much top-flight playing it can make your head spin.

Published in Reviews
Sunday, 19 June 2011 11:42

Jerry Butler and the Blu-J's 6/19/11

Veteran Knoxville-based band Jerry Butler and the Blu J's don't want to stretch your bluegrass boundaries, which is kind of nice for a change.

Published in Live Performances
Saturday, 26 March 2011 15:01

Bruce Molsky 3/26/11

Widely recognized as one of the greatest living American fiddlers, Bruce Molsky captures the whole range of traditional folk music.

Published in Live Performances
Wednesday, 14 July 2010 09:00

Frontier Ruckus 7/14/10

As Edgar Lee Masters was to the small towns of Illinois, so Frontier Ruckus is to the strip malls and suburbia of Detroit. The band's debut for the Ramseur label, Deadmalls and Nightfalls, evokes the mysteries and memories that haunt these everyday places.

Published in Live Performances
Friday, 11 June 2010 17:16

Mike Compton and Joe Newberry 6/11/10

Two masters of the bedrock instruments of old time music -- mandolin and banjo -- Mike Compton and Joe Newberry collaborate with a vision that's both modern and ageless.

Published in Live Performances
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