Billy Strings performing to a sell-out crowd at the Bridgestone Arena.

Billy Strings

Presides Over One of the Most Important Two-Week Spans in Bluegrass History The rise of Billy Strings has been an amazing thing to watch. While playing a combination of open-minded, progressive roots music next to straight-ahead bluegrass, he has garnered a following that boggles the mind. Several years ago, Strings began to sell out the…

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the artists

Billy Strings performing with Tony Rice’s guitar. Photo by Jesse Faatz

Pam Rice Talks About the New Tony Rice Festival, and Letting Billy Strings Play Tony’s D-28

It has been a rough two-and-a-half years for Pam Rice. On Christmas Day of 2020, her long-time husband passed away at their house in Reidsville, North Carolina. For Pam, it meant witnessing the transition of her beloved spouse. For the rest of the world, however, that was the day that Tony Rice—simply one of the…

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John Cloyd Miller and Natalya Zoe Weinstein. Photo by Sarah Johnston, courtesy of Organic Records.

 Zoe & Cloyd

Vibrant Branches Sprout From Deep Roots Married partners Natalya Zoe Weinstein and John Cloyd Miller are living proof that music brings people from vastly different backgrounds and geographical regions together, and that the result can be an amazingly rich creative collaboration.  Natalya grew up in the college town of Amherst, Massachusetts, with a violinist mother and…

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(Left to Right) Jacob Smith, Sam Stage, Liam Purcell (seated), Colton Kerchner, Rob McCormac.

Liam Purcell and Cane Mill Road

Photo by Craig Etchison For many musicians, releasing an album at twenty would be considered quite an achievement. At twenty, Liam Purcell of Cane Mill Road is preparing to release his fifth full-length album later this year. Now a senior at Berklee College of Music, where he studies music business and performance, Purcell continues a…

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from the archives

Raymond Fairchild—Making His Own Way

Reprinted from Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine March 1982, Volume 16, Number 9 They call him “The Old Man of the Mountains.” At the spry age of forty-two, that makes Raymond Fairchild a rather youthful “old man.” No matter. The mountains can age you before your time and Raymond has lived far enough back in the Smoky…

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