Believe it or not, June is less than a week away. Cedar Cultural Center welcomes the Howlin' Brothers Wednesday and Brooklyn duo Savoir Adore the next day. Devendra Banhart celebrates his birthday at Mill City Nights Thursday, while LCD Soundsystem's James Murphy plays the First Avenue Mainroom. Fri ... More >>
Ricky Skaggs is not old -- he'll turn 59 in July -- but his actual chronological years belie the elder statesman status he's achieved in country, bluegrass, gospel and neo-traditional music. Rare talent, a bevy of stories, an enthusiastic attitude and a passion for performing have a lot to do with i ... More >>
Get out your hanky so you don't spill a tear in your beer; from Susanna Clark to Kitty Wells, several legendary country singers and songwriters passed on in 2012, and their loss is felt keenly as our connection to a better time in traditional country goes slippin' away.
It's said that it was a sweltering early autumn day in Rosine, Kentucky when a neighbor found Malissa Vandiver Monroe in her yard, strumming away furiously on her mandolin under the shade of a tree. Malissa was very, very pregnant with her eighth and last child, a boy who would be born on September ... More >>
He never had a chart-topping hit, but his guitar flat-picking and earnest, true-blue vocal take on traditional American music nonetheless influenced generations of country, blues and folk musicians and fans. Today we all mourn the passing of Doc Watson.Watson notably played a sold-out show at the Ce ... More >>
M. WardFirst Avenue, MinneapolisMay 24, 2012M. Ward took his fans on a tour up and down the radio dial, both past and present, during his vibrant 90-minute set at First Avenue. His classic, timeless songs as well as some choice, spirited covers were filled out by a cracking four-piece band alongs ... More >>
Sad, sad news today, folks. Elder statesman of country and bluegrass, banjo-player extraordinaire Earl Scruggs passed away early Wednesday morning.It's just been reported that the Country Music Hall of Famer died yesterday morning at a Nashville hospital at the age of 88. Scruggs, who along with ... More >>
Today, we remember the gone-but-not-forgotten star of the Grand Ole Opry and Hee Haw David "Stringbean" Akeman, whose murderer came up for parole this week.
On this day in country music history, Bob Dylan brought about the dissolution of one of the most influential bluegrass bands of all time. Well, that might be an overstatement. Read on.
Happy 87th birthday to Foggy Mountain Boy Earl Scruggs! Scruggs, who along with Lester Flatt formed one of the most influential bluegrass outfits of all time, was born on this day 1924 in the small town of Flint Hill, North Carolina, and by the age of 21 was showcasing his syncopated, three-f ... More >>
Falling in Love with the Yogi Mountain Breakdown
The star of the eagerly-anticipated 2011 film Cheaper by the Dozen 3:The White House Wreck shall pick, and likely grin.
Sufjan Stevens's beautiful tribute to the Land of Lincoln
Appalachia springs eternal on Columbia's bluegrass boxed set