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by Wayne Erbsen 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 those [...]
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 […]

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 of [...]
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 single-handedly [...]
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 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 and [...]
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 [...]

When I finally caught up with ‘Kentucky Just Us’ in November of 2022, it didn’t take me long to realize what I had been missing. Even though I was very familiar with their videos and recordings, from following them on facebook, youtube, and The Bluegrass Jamboree; the quality of their sound in person, was extra […]

Today, I received my pre-release copy of the CD album, ‘My Ozark Mountain Home‘, by The Petersens. Their fans have waited about a year for this release, and I am here to tell you, it was worth the wait. The ‘title track’ is a beautiful Petersen’s original written by Katie. The rest of the album, […]

The new CD album, ‘Stories of Valor’, by Roger Cline, is more than a collection of songs in an album. It is truly an anthology of various different short stories, telling of the author’s life experiences and stories heard along the way. Before getting to any details, I do want to say that I found […]

“Christmas Times A Coming” Southbound 77 Bluegrass​ at Lorraine’s Coffee House & Music​ Southbound 77 Bluegrass is a MODERN FRESH YOUTH Bluegrass From the Piedmont of North Carolina. The band members’ ages range from 11 to 15 years old!!\ #bluegrass #Christmas #music #video

The Arizona Wildflowers are the ‘real deal’. Ranelle 14 (vocals, mandolin & fiddle), Brie 13 (vocals, guitar, fiddle), Aspen 11 (vocals & fiddle), plus their younger siblings Sawyer 8 (vocals, bass & fiddle) and ‘Kitty’ 6 (vocals & fiddle) live, work, and play music on a working ranch in Arizona. The Wildflowers play a style […]

‘Shannon Baker and Sometime Soon’ is one of the most entertaining Bluegrass Bands that I had the pleasure of seeing in person, this year. The band is comprised of Shannon on vocals and mandolin, Ronnie Parrish on bass, John Dudley on banjo, guitar & vocals, Chris Hill on Fiddle and more, and Joe Pessolano on […]

I received my autographed copy of the new CD album, ‘Timeless’, by The Burnett Sisters Band with Colin Ray. The collection of songs on the album, represent what the band calls ‘the broad range of musical genres that have influenced them over the last three years’ time’. The result? In one word, Fabulous! Every song […]

  Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers – “Old Fashioned Christmas” (feat Paul Williams) Artist – Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers Song – Old Fashioned Christmas Songwriters – Paul Williams and Jimmy Martin Label – Billy Blue Records