The Artists

Bluegrass & Bourbon

Dierks Bentley Embraces Two Western Kentucky Traditions Photos by Zach Belcher Owensboro (Kentucky’s fourth largest city) is known as the culinary and cultural hub of western Kentucky due in large part to its extraordinary three B’s—Bluegrass, Bourbon and Barbecue.  As the birthplace of the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) and the home of the Bluegrass…

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Never Come Down—(left to right): Ben Ticknor, Kaden Hurst, Joe Suskind, Crystal Lariza and Brian Alley. Photo by Sol Gutierrez

On the Way Up with Never Come Down 

Never Come Down isn’t just riding high, they’re moving fast. One listen to their new album, Greener Pastures, out in June, or glance at their packed tour schedule and it’s clear this innovative five-member Portland, Oregon, band is going places. Yet it was only six years ago that band members Joe Suskind (guitar, vocals), Crystal…

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Nothin’ Fancy—(left to right): Chris Sexton, Curt Gausman, Mike Andes, Jenkins, and Jacob Flick. // Photo by Susie Neal

Nothin’ Fancy

Celebrates 30 Years In the Bluegrass World Hailing from the fertile musical grounds of Virginia, the bluegrass band Nothin’ Fancy has kept a steady roll in a hard and volatile business by putting the music and the fans first. Now, in 2024, the band is celebrating its 30th anniversary as a group, which is an…

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The Primitive Quartet Reunion and Farewell, September 2023. // Photo by Chip Woods Photography

The Primitive Quartet Takes Its Final Bow

After half a century, legendary bluegrass gospel group, The Primitive Quartet, has taken its final bow. The foursome wrapped up fifty years of performing May 20th in White Pine, Tennessee, at the Lakeway Performing Arts Center. Over the course of their remarkable career, The Primitive Quartet recorded more than 500 songs on at least 50…

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Photo by Shayna Cooley

Becky Buller

Shares Her Own Story in Song Cycle “Jubilee” Fans of the Becky Buller Band are accustomed to story songs—“John D. Champion,” “Calamity Jane” or “The Barber’s Fiddle.” In her latest album project Jubilee, this time the story is her own. She first pitched the idea for the title song to co-writer Aoife O’Donovan when they…

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Charles Humphrey III. // Photo by Tom Farr

Charles Humphrey III

Writing Songs One Idea at a Time Charles Humphrey III is equally adept playing bass guitar as he is casting a trout fly toward a school of rainbows on a winding mountain stream. But one could argue his true calling is writing songs for Songs from the Road Band (SFTRB), the Asheville-based bluegrass/jamgrass quintet he founded…

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