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2008-07-18 03:00:27

Liza Bance (left), 25, of Goochland County and Margaret MacKay, 20, of Nova Scotia took advantage of temperatures in the 80s yesterday to practice some bluegrass music on Monument Avenue's median strip just west of the Boulevard. The young women, students at Berklee College of Music in Boston, are forming a bluegrass/ gospel group. ILLUSTRATION: PHOTO (c) 2008 Richmond Times - Dispatch. Provided by ProQuest Information and Learning. All rights Reserved.

2008-07-17 09:00:49

By Kerrville Daily Times, Texas Jul. 17--FREDERICKSBURG -- The Roots Music concert series will get back to basic bluegrass, newgrass and mountain music at its next performance on Saturday, July 26, in Fredericksburg. The concert will feature Double Eagle String Band and the South Austin Jug Band.They bring together the best of bluegrass, string and swing to create a fun, high-energy sound. The South Austin Jug Band was named best bluegrass band at both the Telluride Bluegrass Festival...

2008-07-11 09:00:00

By Keith Lawrence, Messenger-Inquirer, Owensboro, Ky. Jul. 11--The Grascals. "Keep On Walkin'." Rounder. 12 tracks. The Grascals are without a doubt the most successful act on today's bluegrass scene. The Nashville-based band went from winning the International Bluegrass Music Association's emerging artist of the year award in 2005 to taking entertainer of the year honors in both 2006 and 2007. And their version of Harley Allen's "Me and John and Paul," a song about two friends...

2008-07-11 06:00:30

By Jim Gilchrist CHRIS Thile, the Paganini - or should that be the Hendrix? - of the bluegrass mandolin, can play like a man possessed, while leaving would-be pigeonholers reeling in his slipstream. Even in mere conversation, he exudes music, all sorts of music, just as he appears to have absorbed everything from Bill Munroe to Bach in a process of fevered osmosis since his San Francisco childhood. "Growing up in southern California, I didn't necessarily get the purest form of bluegrass,...

2008-07-02 15:00:30

POLAND - The Poland Spring Preservation Society will present Two Old Friends Monday, July 7, as the next performers in its summer concert series at All Souls Chapel. Mac McHale and Emery Hutchins, original founders of Northeast Winds, will play music from Ireland, the mountains and the sea. With banjo, guitar, mandolin, concertina, bodran, octave mandolin and heart-warming vocal harmonies, Two Old Friends tell a story in music of how immigrants came to this country from Ireland, Scotland...

2008-07-02 12:00:49

Old Crow Medicine Show got its start much like their name might suggest: by traveling from town to town in a van playing music for anyone who would listen, much like the old medicine shows that sold elixirs and secret remedies to anyone looking for a cure-all. "The idea of a traveling show is what it was born out of," said band member Willie Watson, who plays guitar, banjo and sings. "We wanted to travel to street corners." The band, known for its pre-World War II blues, fiddle tunes and...

2008-06-28 09:02:24

By Keith Lawrence, Messenger-Inquirer, Owensboro, Ky. Jun. 28--In 1962, as Rodney Dillard tells it, The Dillards decided to leave the Ozark Mountains and look for fame and fortune in either Hollywood or Nashville. So, they flipped a coin, sold everything they had and headed for Hollywood in a 1955 Cadillac, Dillard told bluegrass fans during a "Pioneers of Bluegrass" storytelling session Friday morning at the RiverPark Center. The session kicked off the second day of the International...

2008-06-27 06:02:38

By Tad Dickens | The Roanoke Times | tad.dickens@roanoke.com | 777- 6474 Friday Takeharu Kunimoto and The Last Frontier Here's a testament to the power of Bill Monroe and proof that a hard-core Appalachian style of music can cross cultures but also receive new influences. The father of bluegrass toured in Japan. At one of his shows, a young man named Takeharu Kunimoto heard him and was inspired to take up mandolin. Later, Kunimoto took up shamisen, a three-stringed instrument native...

2008-06-26 18:02:36

By Liz Mitchell, The Island Packet, Hilton Head Island, S.C. Jun. 26--Old Crow Medicine Show got their start much like their name might suggest: by traveling from town to town in a van playing music for anyone who would listen, much like the old medicine shows that sold elixirs and secret remedies to anyone looking for a cure-all. "The idea of a traveling show is what it was born out of," said band member Willie Watson, who plays guitar, banjo and sings. "We wanted to travel to street...

2006-03-30 08:35:19

By Andy Sullivan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Banjo legend Earl Scruggs may be stooped with age, but his fingers still pick the same quicksilver notes that jump-started American music more than 60 years ago. His playing turned the banjo into a virtuoso instrument and helped define the "high lonesome" sound of bluegrass music. He's traded licks with Indian sitar players, New York city jazzmen and Los Angeles pop stars, and he has his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. At 82, Scruggs...


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