The Bluegrass Situation: Roots Culture Redefined
Featured VideosAug 23, 2017

When you're an iconic artist, little more is needed than a gentle strum and a great song. Such is the case with Peter Rowan, as he performs "Before the Streets Were Paved" live on location at the 2016 Fayetteville Roots Festival in Fayetteville, Arkansas. This year's festival takes place August 23-27 with a lineup that includes Iron…

Featured VideosAug 1, 2017

Sibling harmonies are some of the sweetest sounds in music. On their latest album, You Don't Own Me Anymore, the Secret Sisters offer up gobs of them. But lest you think it's all smoke and mirrors contrived in the studio (by producers Brandi Carlile and Phil and Tim Hanseroth), Lydia and Laura Rogers use this here…

Featured VideosJul 18, 2017

Way back in January, we proclaimed 2017 to be the Year of the Banjo. And Noam Pikelny did his part to make it so by releasing a solo banjo album, Universal Favorite. For his Sitch Session, Punch Brother Pikelny performs "Sugar Maple" live at the Historic Downtown Presbyterian Church in Nashville, Tennessee, wrapping his complex musicality…

Featured VideosJul 3, 2017

With their Sitch Session performance of "Take a Chance on Me," you might well think Yonder Mountain String Band is aiming to be trolled in our That Ain't Bluegrass column. But, alas (and sadly), they aren't covering the classic ABBA tune. Rather, when they took to the stage at the Troubadour in Los Angeles recently, they…

Featured VideosJun 6, 2017

San Francisco and string bands might not be synonymous, but pioneers have always made their way out West and Front Country aims to blaze a bluegrass trails in the Bay Area. Performing "If Something Breaks" from their latest release, Other Love Songs, at 25th Street Recording in Oakland, the band plucks and picks behind their fuchsia-haired front…