Podcast: Bluegrass 101 pt. 2, The Innovators
Episode #17-18 | airing 5-03-17

This week we conclude our two part feature Bluegrass 101 with a program focusing on the Innovators. Almost from it’s conception players began to alter the music much to the dismay of Bill Monroe. This week we’ll hear some of those innovators including The Country Gentlemen, Old and In the … → read more

Folkfinds: Ludvig O’Rourke’s “Jack Wilson”

  Back to Sweden once again, where something must be in the water. Ludvig O’Rourke is another excellent young Swedish banjo picker and fiddler; he had only been playing banjo for about a year when he made his first pilgrimage to Clifftop in 2014. An early jam there went so … → read more

Folkfinds: Scott Hunter’s “Skyline”

  Oakland CA’s Scott Hunter is a veteran, if adamantly amateur (in the best sense of the word), musician – one who does it for love, relaxation, and enjoyment. Fortunately he shares his pieces online so those of who’ve connected with him can experience those same benefits. His sense of … → read more

Podcast: The Tribute, pt 1
Episode #15-34 | airing 8-19-15

Ever since the Concert for Bangladesh organized by George Harrison there have been countless concerts and recordings in tribute to a musical style or an artist. The next two weeks we will sample some of the very best. This week we’ll hear tributes to Pete Seeger, Lester Flatt & Earl … → read more


As many of us plan our summer vacations, I thought I would share some information about a new “hall of fame” that celebrates one of the richest musical traditions in our nation. Wilkesboro, North Carolina (home to Merlefest) will be the home of the Blue Ridge Music Hall of Fame. … → read more

Earl Scruggs, Dave Van Ronk and Manny Greenhill to be honored with Lifetime Achievement Awards at the International Folk Alliance Conference this Feb.

A press release from the Folk Alliance: (Memphis, Tenn.) The North American Folk Music and Dance Alliance (Folk Alliance) announces banjo legend Earl Scruggs, blues revivalist the late Dave Van Ronk and manager/producer the late Manny Greenhill as recipients of the 2007 Elaine Weissman Lifetime Achievement Awards (LAAwards). Earl Scruggs, … → read more