The Bluegrass Situation

Roots Culture Redefined
  • MIXTAPE: Chris Funk

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    BLACK PRAIRIE's name has been popping up just about everywhere this month.  The Portland-based five piece band, which includes several members of The Decemberists, has appeared on countless Top Ten lists for their remarkable 2012 album A Tear in the Eye is a Wound in the Heart, garnering praise ...

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  • MIXTAPE: Jon Weisberger

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    If the name Jon Weisberger doesn't immediately ring a bell, it soon will.... this Renaissance man of the bluegrass world is a well-respected bassist for Chris Jones and the Night Drivers, music writer for Nashville Scene and The Tennessean, and IBMA Vice Chair, amongst other various roles in ...

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  • MIXTAPE: Kimber Ludiker

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    Have you heard Della Mae?  This five-female bluegrass powerhouse was recently nominated for IBMA's Emerging Artist of the Year Award, and has been making waves on the festival circuit throughout the country.  And the Belles of Bluegrass are about to take their sound to a [much] wider audience ...

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  • MIXTAPE: Chris Pandolfi

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    When Chris Pandolfi took to the stage at last night's IBMA Awards in Nashville, he was ready to take things a little off script.  'Presenting an award in T minus 45 mins. I plan to throw a wicked curve at the teleprompter operator.' he Tweeted from backstage.  Really, though, that's how the ...

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  • MIXTAPE: Woody Platt

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     WOODY PLATT's music is something of a dichotomy.    The sound of his band, The Steep Canyon Rangers, is tight and traditional bluegrass, while their lyrics belie much more contemporary topics (for an example of this, check out their tune with Steve Martin, Atheists Don't Have No ...

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