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ListsMar 10, 2021

Adults who have happened to spend any amount of time watching children’s TV and cartoons – say Winnie the Pooh, or Looney Tunes, or The Amazing World of Gumball – know that plenty of jokes and gags aren’t written for the kids tuning in at all. Certainly the same fact is true of many soundtracks…

ListsFeb 24, 2021

We invite our readers to celebrate Black History Month as we always do, by denoting that celebrating Black contributions in bluegrass, country, and old-time -- and roots music as a whole -- requires centering Black creators, artists, musicians, and perspectives in our community daily, not just in February. Over the past year we've recommitted ourselves…

ListsFeb 23, 2021

At BGS, we firmly believe that Black history is American roots music history. Full stop. Last year, following the extrajudicial murder of George Floyd and the civil unrest, protests, and rebellions against racial injustice and systemic inequality in this country, we realized that that belief wasn't present enough in our daily content and editorial. We knew…

ListsFeb 16, 2021

BGS and the Philadelphia Folksong Society, who are presenters of the oldest continuously run music festival in North America, are proud to join together to virtually present Cabin Fever Fest on ​February 20 & 21.​ This fully digital, interactive musical experience will include multiple streaming stages, performances by international stars and local favorites, music workshops and…

ListsJan 13, 2021

We’re all familiar with the standard bluegrass five-piece band (also a common lineup in old-time or string band music), but there are quite a few second- and third-string instruments -- no pun intended -- that are rarely invited to join ensembles of guitar, fiddle, upright bass, mandolin, and banjo. Dobro is perhaps first on this…