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7 Artists We're Itching to See at MerleFestAs winter begins to thaw and festival season creeps in with the spring flowers, we find ourselves looking forward to one thing: MerleFest. Held in Wilkesboro, North Carolina, the four-day festival -- taking place April 27-30 this time around -- hosts the biggest names in bluegrass, old-time, and acoustic music,…
MusicNov 22, 2017

Artist: Koda Kerl (of Chamomile and Whiskey) Hometown: Charlottesville, VA Latest Album: Sweet Afton Personal Nicknames: My sister calls me Shiny and Lavin (banjo player) calls me Kokomo sometimes. We also call our new guitar player Drew "Old Spice." We're playing @salvagestation in Asheville TONIGHT! 9ish- midnight. And Drew has found his new house (shown behind them in…

MusicNov 22, 2017

Artist: Kristina Murray Hometown: Nashville, TN Song: "How Tall the Glass" In Their Words: "For a month or so prior to writing 'How Tall the Glass,' I'd been on a listening binge of early turtleneck-wearing Willie and pompadour-styling Paycheck, and was just obsessing over both their exaggerated vocal phrasings and unique perspectives on love, life, and drinking…

MusicNov 22, 2017

The slogan tee has been around for a minute, but lately they have evolved from funny pop culture references -- "My neck, my back, my Netflix, and my snacks" tee comes to mind -- to thought-provoking and political statements. Some of my personal favorites include Third Man’s "Icky Trump" tee, Midnight Rider’s "Nasty Woman" tee,…

MusicNov 21, 2017

From the Bluegrass Situation and WMOT Roots Radio, it's Hangin' & Sangin' with your host, BGS editor Kelly McCartney. Every week Hangin' & Sangin' offers up casual conversation and acoustic performances by some of your favorite roots artists. From bluegrass to folk, country, blues, and Americana, we stand at the intersection of modern roots music…

MusicNov 21, 2017

Artist: Scott Miller Hometown: Swoope, VA (Pronounced like “nope” -- You pronounce it wrong and that’s how we know you ain't from around here.) Latest Album: Ladies Auxiliary Personal Nicknames: Mule, Pigpen, the Man from Nantucket. Tonight's dressing room, per contract. #winning A post shared by commonwealther (@commonwealther) on Oct 17, 2017 at 2:55pm PDT What's…