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DispatchesSep 21, 2015

The Americana Music Festival & Conference is, as its name would imply, a festival, but it's also something of a family reunion. For music industry folks, journalists, and especially, artists, the annual Nashville festival can serve as one of the only times of year the gang is all together, and as such is one of the…

DispatchesJun 11, 2013

BY ARTHUR HANCOCK Rarely do we find ourselves in a situation in life when we are without responsibility, without plans; just straight up raw bones on the road.  I have been lucky to have spent the last few months bumming rides, surfing couches, and playing bluegrass music from coast to coast, wandering from weddings to…

DispatchesJun 10, 2013

Photo by Rachel Fox It is difficult even to discuss Punch Brothers. Best attempts at classifying the band by genre result in multi-hyphenated neologisms. Try hyperbolically overstating their proficiency, merely for effect, and you'll still come up short. They've quite literally outgrown their instruments' traditional sonic capacities, and often resort to banging around on all…

DispatchesJun 10, 2013

Ahhhhh…summer in the Northeast. The amazing weather and music during these three months are what keep us here. With Central Park Summer Stage and Celebrate Brooklyn in full force, and the Newport Folk Festival less than two weeks away, it’s really hard to stay focused at work. I’m just always afraid I’m going to miss…

DispatchesJun 10, 2013

Well here's something very exciting:  starting today, LA's THE BLUEGRASS SITUATION is teaming up with New York's GRASS CLIPPINGS BLOG to bring you 'Notes from the Coast.' In an effort to create a dialog between our two urban bluegrass and Americana scenes, we'll be sharing the latest happenings, most interesting new bands, popular venues, and other…