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by Wayne Erbsen [sayit] They didn’t call her Mother Maybelle for nuthin.’ Nope. In addition to being the mother of three girls (Helen, Valerie June, and Anita), Maybelle Carter certainly earned the title of Mother of Bluegrass Guitar. Starting in 1927, her lead and rhythm guitar playing laid the foundation that was built upon by [...]
[sayit]Bluegrass hero Lester Flatt had a lot to be proud of. One of his most lasting achievements was the G run that bears his name. You can hear this distinctive guitar run in practically every traditional bluegrass song that can be played on the guitar using a G shape chord. In its original form, it [...]

Vern Williams (December 9, 1930– June 6, 2006) Vern was a singer and mandolin player who wasinstrumental in introducing Bluegrass music to the West Coastof the United States. Williams was born in Newton County, Arkansas (or Bullfrog Valley, Pope County, Arkansas), as part of a musical family, that played either the fiddle, the guitar, or […]

[sayit]Folks, August 27, 2019,  marked what would have been the 94th birthday for my father, Carter Stanley. For many people, their birthdays are a cause for celebration. I can only hope that my Daddy found some small comfort at those times. I know he had to be lonely for his mother and wife that he [...]
[sayit] The Orange Blossom Special was a deluxe passenger train which inspired the tune by the same name. The song was written and copyrighted by Ervin T. Rouse in 1938 and the first recording took place in 1939 by Ervin and Gordon Rouse. There has been a bit of controversy as to the original composer [...]
[sayit] If the “big bang theory” helps to explain the origin of the universe, perhaps “the big bang theory of bluegrass” will shed some light on the origin of the bluegrass music universe. First, let me say that there are two schools of thought as to the origins of bluegrass music. One has Bill Monroe [...]
[sayit]When we talk about the most popular bluegrass songs, “Nine Pound Hammer” nearly always floats to the top. Let's follow the scent and try to sniff out the origins of this famous tune. After the Civil War, when able-bodied men were scarce, former slaves and convicts were conscripted to build tunnels and lay track in [...]
  The Country Gentlemen [sayit] In the early 1970s “Fox on the Run” was among the most requested bluegrass songs. Along with “Rocky Top,” a bluegrass band could scarcely play a show without fans yelling for “Rocky Top” or “Fox on the Run.” The song was written in 1968 by an Englishman named Tony Hazzard [...]
[sayit]Merle Haggard was perhaps one of the most influential country music artists in his life. With songs of troubles, love and life, he was able to capture the attention of the public. His style remained true. Haggard held very little back. He wrote lyrics that came from his heart and he sang in just the [...]

March Bluegrass Festivals links for 2022. Click on titles to visit event websites for more information. 2022 BLUEGRASS MUSIC FESTIVALS IN MARCH. Winter Bluegrass Weekend Mar. 4th through the 6th in Plymouth, Minnesota. Shorty’s Strickly Bluegrass Festival, Mar. 3rd through the 6th in East Peoria, Illinois. Cabin Fever Pickin’ Party Mar. 3rd through the 5th, in Virginia Beach, […]

February Bluegrass Festival links for 2022. Click on titles to visit event websites for more information. 2022 BLUEGRASS MUSIC FESTIVALS IN FEBRUARY. Florida Bluegrass Classic February 24th through the 26th in Brooksville, Florida. Palatka Bluegrass Festival Feb. 18th  through the20th, in Palatka, Florida. Feb 18th & 19th Winterfest Bluegrass Festival in Wichita, Kansas. Bluegrass First Class Feb.19th through the 21st in […]

JANUARY BLUEGRASS FESTIVALS Click on titles to visit event websites for more information. BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL LINKS FOR JANUARY 2022. Jekyll Island New Year’s Bluegrass Festival, December 30th through January 1st, in Jekyll Island, Georgia. SPBGMA Bluegrass Music Awards & Midwest Convention, January in  Jefferson City, Missouri Blythe Bluegrass Festival, January 14th through the 16th in Blythe, […]

DECEMBER BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL LINKS FOR 2020. Click on festival names to visit websites for more information. 2021 BLUEGRASS MUSIC FESTIVALS IN DECEMBER. Balsam Range Art of Music Festival, Dec 2nd and 4th in Lake Junaluska, North Carolina. Honeymoon Island Bluegrass Festival, Dec 4th in Dunedin, Florida. Christmas in the Smokies, Dec 8th n through the 11th in Pigeon […]

2021 BLUEGRASS MUSIC FESTIVALS IN NOVEMBER. Bluegrass, Barbecue & Brew Festival at Patrick Henry’s Red Hill, November 6th in Brookneal, Virginia. South State 48 Bluegrass by the Sea, Nov 5th through the 7th in Carlsbad, California Jamming Event. Industrial Strength Bluegrass Festival, Nov. 11th through the 13th in Wilmington, Ohio. Fall Palatka Bluegrass Festival, Nov. 11th through […]

OCTOBER BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL LINKS FOR 2020. Click on festival names to visit websites for more information. 2020 BLUEGRASS MUSIC FESTIVALS IN OCTOBER. World of Bluegrass (IBMA) Sept 28th through October 2nd Raleigh, North Carolina. Tennessee Valley Old Time Fiddlers Convention September 30th through October 2nd in  Athens, Alabama. Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival. in San Francisco, California live stream online. 3 […]

The United States has a rich history of traditional music, originating from the colonists who settled in the Appalachian mountains and mixed their musical traditions from their home countries.  The two most popular styles of traditional music in the US include Old Time and Bluegrass.  In fact, many people group the two styles together for [...]

September Bluegrass Festival links for 2021. Click on titles to visit event websites for more information. 2021 Bluegrass Music Festivals In September SamJam Bluegrass Festival.September 1st through the 5th in  Piketon Ohio. 4848 Festival.Sept 3rd through the 5th in Snowshoe, West Virginia. Camp Springs Bluegrass Festival.Sept 3rd through the 5th in Elon, North Carolina. Summertown Labor Day […]