Combine a mandolin-playing author, a guitar-slinging comedian, a rockabilly bassist, a bluegrass banjo master and a fiddle-playing road warrior, and you get the Coal Porters -- a UK ensemble with the "punniest" name in bluegrass.
Like Bill Monroe and Mark Twain, John Hartford was a true American original. Now members of his touring group have reunited as the John Hartford Stringband to pay tribute to the late songwriter and old-time music master.
Call it bluegrass or newgrass, Chatham County Line transcends mainstream labels to deliver an honest American folk experience.
Sad to report that Charlie Louvin, at the age of 83, passed away early this morning, after a long struggle with pancreatic cancer.
Grammy-nominated bluegrass singers Dailey & Vincent were in town this past weekend for a show at the Sheldon. Keith Dudding, host of Down Yonder (every Saturday, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Central on 88.1 KDHX), sat down with the two musicians to discuss forming the band, influences, vocal arrangements, the business of bluegrass and their recent tribute to the Statler Brothers.
The music community of St. Louis (and beyond) is saddened by the news of Gene Roberts' passing on January 12, 2011. Gene was 82 years old.
What started out as a casual band, jamming to bluegrass in college bars in Champaign, Ill., has become Yonder Mountain String Band, one of the leading festival acts in the country.
Musical virtuosity often comes with a hefty price, with artists honing their skills to the point where technique and proficiency become secondary to the music as a whole. Thankfully this was not the case with Brooklyn, NY based progressive bluegrass super group the Punch Brothers.