LAURIE and KATHY: Sing the Songs of Vern & Ray

        LAURIE and KATHY Sing the Songs of Vern and Ray Spruce and Maple Music 1012   Laurie and Kathy are Laurie Lewis and Kathy Kallick. They have known each other and played together at least since their 1991 collaborative album Together. Their chemistry is palpable … → read more

FLECK and WASHBURN: Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn

          Fleck and Washburn Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn Rounder Records   When I first heard that Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn had married I thought it was a joke, though that was in part because of the source of the news. The “Bluegrass Intelligencer,” … → read more


        RICKY SKAGGS and SHARON WHITE Hearts Like Ours Skaggs Family   After 33 years of marriage, a passel of Grammys, CMAs and more between them, one of country music’s most celebrated couples finally decided it was time to record an album together. This polished collection … → read more

CROWE, LAWSON & WILLIAMS: Standing Tall and Tough

          CROWE LAWSON & WILLIAMS Standing Tall and Tough Mountain Home 15022   There are only a handful of the original bluegrass pioneers still active and performing or recording in any measure at all – Ralph Stanley, Jesse McReynolds, Bobby Osborne and Mac Wiseman come … → read more

THE CARMONAS: The Carmonas

          The Carmonas The Carmonas Self-Released   The Carmonas are a family band built around singers Alison and Aaron and guitarist Chad. Their debut full-length album has eleven songs, all originals. Eben Cathey on banjo, fiddler Daniel Heacock and upright bass man Eric Wilkey complete … → read more

WHISKEY SHIVERS: Whiskey Shivers

          Whiskey Shivers Whiskey Shivers CBM 001   Long ago, bluegrass was dubbed folk music in overdrive. Decades later, punk’s faster-and-louder ethos experienced a faster/who-needs-louder breakaway as a new generation pogoed to fiddle breakdowns and discovered a standup bass’s punk potential. The barefoot boys of … → read more

SELDOM SCENE: Long Time … Seldom Scene

          Seldom Scene Long Time … Seldom Scene Smithsonian/Folkways 40199   As a recap of the more than forty-year history of the Seldom Scene, the extensive liner booklet accompanying this new release is about as authoritative as it gets, containing first-person accounts from the band’s … → read more