The Bluegrass Situation: Roots Culture Redefined

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My First IBMAAhead of this year's annual gathering of bluegrass lovers at the IBMA's World of Bluegrass festival in Raleigh, North Carolina, we asked some of our favorite players to recount a memory of their first time attending the illustrious event. Here's what they told us:Chris Pandolfi (Infamous Stringdusters) "While my first…
ListsJul 20, 2017

From the Monroe Brothers and the Stanley Brothers to Cherryholmes and Flatt Lonesome, the matching outfits, tight harmonies, and long-lasting careers of family bands are an integral part of what makes bluegrass bluegrass. Here are a few lesser-known, underrated, or too-often-forgotten family bands that you ought to spend some quality time with:The DillardsThe Dillards (Doug…

ListsJul 5, 2017

Lee Ann Womack: TBDThis Is the Kit: Moonshine FreezeWill Hoge: AnchorsTyler Childers: PurgatoryIron & Wine: Beast EpicSuzanne Santo: Ruby RedJoan Osborne: Songs of Bob DylanThe Orphan Brigade: Heart of the CaveEliot Bronson: JamesDavid Rawlings: Poor David's Almanackk.d. lang: Ingenue (reissue)-- Kelly McCartney* * *David Barbe: 10th of SeasIron & Wine: Beast EpicLoretta Lynn: Wouldn't It Be GreatJerry Douglas Band: What IfChris Stapleton: From A Room Vol.…

ListsJun 27, 2017

Back in 2008, NPR’s All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen and NPR Music producer Stephen Thompson went to see Portland-based singer/songwriter Laura Gibson at a bar in Austin, Texas. They left feeling frustrated after being unable to hear Gibson’s delicate sound over the roar of the bar-goers. But they also had a novel idea: Why not…

ListsJun 26, 2017

Roots music has long been known as a family affair, with folks gathered on porches or around campfires pickin' and pluckin'. For that reason, players often get started at a very young age so, by the time they hit 25, they are well on their way to greatness. To prove this point, we've gathered 25…

ListsJun 20, 2017

For the fourth year in a row, Doug and Telisha Williams will host the Wild Ponies Kentucky Bourbon Trail Ride on July 21-23, 2017. The trail ride is a bourbon-infused, musically inspired fan adventure through the bluegrass hills of Kentucky.It’s a place where great music and the best bourbon come together. That sip ... a moment…