The Artists

What Are They Doing in Heaven Today?

Dodi Kallick, Kathy’s mother, was a prominent folk singer in Chicago in the 1950s and 1960s. Playing guitar and dulcimer to accompany her singing, she was among the handful of performers and enthusiasts who established Chicago as a folk music mecca at the time. She was an early instructor at the Old Town School of…

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After 15 years, Montz Matsumoto (Montz) has released a new recording titled Missing Home. Who is Montz? He is one of the premier banjo players in Australia. Missing Home is an eclectic mix of Montz originals, old-time and bluegrass standards, and Irish-flavored tunes. For example, Montz plays “Jerusalem Ridge” with his Nechville LC banjo in open E tuning while staying true to the Monroe melody. The title cut “Missing Home” features a wonderful flute accompaniment that follows the melody line beautifully.

Missing Home

Photo by Melanie Lunden Montz is a fascinating character. He lives off the grid, four miles up a mostly gravel road on Cradoc Hill, which is approximately 30 miles southwest of Hobart, Tasmania. His one-room house with a loft is solar powered, and he uses a rocket stove for heat when needed. Montz is a…

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The Petersens (left to right): Matt Petersen, Ellen Petersen Haygood, Julianne Petersen, Katie Petersen, Karen Petersenm and Emmet Franz


Photo by Aaron Clark Photography Some family musical partnerships are marked as much by personal conflict as by blood harmony. This is not the case with The Petersens, a family bluegrass band that has become a favorite in Branson, Missouri. With four siblings as the core of the band, anchored by their parents, both musicians,…

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Joe Mullins and the Radio Ramblers (left to right): Adam McIntosh, Chris Davis, Joe Mullins, Randy Barnes, and Jason Barie. // Photo by Stacie Huckabae

Joe Mullins

Let Time Ride “I’m very, very thankful to be a jack of all trades and a master of none,” says Joe Mullins, smiling. “I’ve had to do everything to get anywhere.” He’s only halfway correct here: over a career spanning more than three decades (and with no end in sight), he has certainly done everything….

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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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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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