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Finding Inspiration in Creation, Ellie Holcomb Moves Forward in Love
Artist of the MonthOct 1, 2021

Billy Strings takes things up a notch for Renewal, a long-awaited collection of original songs produced by Jonathan Wilson. But is it bluegrass? Or is it rock 'n' roll? Perhaps more on the psychedelic side? Truly there's no right (or wrong) answer to these questions. As Strings himself puts it, “I’ve learned, you've just got…

Finding Inspiration in Creation, Ellie Holcomb Moves Forward in Love
Artist of the MonthSep 17, 2021

Béla Fleck came to the banjo in quite possibly the oddest way imaginable -- via The Beverly Hillbillies when he was a kid. Hearing Scruggs-style banjo on “The Ballad of Jed Clampett” while watching television, he was instantly smitten and fell in love with the sound. But he chose not to tell anyone. “It would…

Finding Inspiration in Creation, Ellie Holcomb Moves Forward in Love
Artist of the MonthSep 16, 2021

Novelist Thomas Wolfe famously declared that you can’t go home again. But then again, Wolfe is not remembered as a musician who played bluegrass, a style that’s all about going home again. So it is that Béla Fleck’s new album is a homecoming, and an ambitious one at that. A third installment in Fleck’s long-running…

Finding Inspiration in Creation, Ellie Holcomb Moves Forward in Love
Artist of the MonthSep 1, 2021

Banjo maestro Béla Fleck has always followed his muse, jamming with collaborators and crisscrossing continents for decades now. His newest album leads him back to familiar terrain, as My Bluegrass Heart is his first bluegrass record in 20 years. "They nearly always come back," says Fleck, who composed and produced the album (set for a…

Finding Inspiration in Creation, Ellie Holcomb Moves Forward in Love
Artist of the MonthAug 25, 2021

When Amythyst Kiah was a teenager in the suburbs of Chattanooga, Tennessee, she wanted to be “the guitar-playing version of Tori Amos.” Locked away in her room with her headphones pulled over her ears, poring over liner notes and listening intently for every nuance in her favorite records, she found solace in the way Amos…