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BGS 5+5: Ellie Turner
FeaturesMar 21, 2023

BGS March Artist of the Month Michael Cleveland and his band Flamekeeper made a special appearance with Blackberry Smoke's Charlie Starr inside East Nashville's 3Sirens recording studio for a Sitch Session recording of the Starr-penned "One Horse Town," which is also featured on Cleveland's new album Lovin' Of The Game. Cleveland first heard "One Horse…

BGS 5+5: Ellie Turner
FeaturesMar 10, 2023

If you take recent touring industry revenue reports at face value, business is booming. 2022 was a record-setting year with an estimated $6.28 billion, up 37% from the pre-pandemic year 2019. When the onion layers start to peel back though, noticeable is that $2.68 billion of that sizeable amount of 2022 touring money was from…

BGS 5+5: Ellie Turner
FeaturesMar 3, 2023

Rainbow Girls and Anna Moss gave us a sunset serenade in the middle of the ocean on this year's Cayamo, with their rendition of Bob Marley's "How Many Times." We're not sure any other group has as much fun playing live as Rainbow Girls. Keep an eye out for more Sixthman Sessions from the 15th…

BGS 5+5: Ellie Turner
FeaturesMar 2, 2023

This week, we feature my conversation with beloved folk firebrand Iris Dement. Born the youngest of 14 to a singing Pentecostal family in Arkansas and raised in California, Dement released her iconic 1992 John Prine-endorsed debut, Infamous Angel, and has been creating poetic protest records and warm collaborations ever since (garnering two folk Grammy nominations…

BGS 5+5: Ellie Turner
FeaturesMar 1, 2023

Michael Cleveland is likely the most awarded fiddler of our era. Along with a Grammy for best bluegrass album and dozens of IBMA trophies, he's also won our admiration and respect. You can hear the joy in his fiddling, while his friendly disposition helps him stay on the first-call list for bluegrass recording sessions. He's…