The Artists

Photo by Adam Sweeney

Jacob Jollif

Discipline, Hard Work, and High Standards  Written By Dale and Darcy Cahill Jacob Jolliff’s bluegrass roots run deep. He picked up a mandolin at seven years old and attended his first bluegrass festival at age nine. Already an eager mandolin player, Jolliff surprised everyone by sitting in his lawn chair not for one or two…

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Paolo Ercoli

The Wrong Side Of The Ocean “Yes, we love bluegrass music, it’s the thing we like the best. We sing, play and learn from Bill, Lester, Josh and Earle.  Since we travel all around and play from town to town the best thing we have found is that high lonesome sound. They keep saying we…

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Maddie Denton with the Dan Tyminski Band. Photo by nate dalzell

Maddie Denton

A Champion Contest Fiddler Makes Her Name in Bluegrass  Bluegrass music has produced a very long line of phenomenal fiddlers—from Art Wooten, to Tommy Magness, Howdy Forrester, Chubby Wise, Jim Shumate, Benny Martin, Vassar Clements, Kenny Baker, Paul Warren, Curly Ray Cline, Bobby Hicks, Byron Berline…the list goes on and on and on.  And the…

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Don Rigsby Stands Alone

Bluegrass veteran Don Rigsby’s reputation speaks for itself. The award-winning musician has been a member of top bluegrass music groups including The Bluegrass Cardinals, JD Crowe and The New South, and the Lonesome River Band. A two-time Grammy nominee, Rigsby has won two SPBGMA “Traditional Male Vocalist of the Year” awards, multiple IBMA trophies, and…

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Ralph Stanley and Ralph Stanley II at the Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival in 1999. Photo by Jeromie B. Stephens

Ralph Stanley II Shares Stories of his Dad and Uncle Including a Sign From Beyond the Grave  

It was a dramatic moment when Larry Sparks walked onto the stage at Ralph Stanley’s funeral in the summer of 2016 to sing a song of tribute. Before he hit the first notes, Sparks turned to his right to address Ralph Stanley II, who was sitting in a chair near the microphone.      There…

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Jeremy Stephens

How He Hears It   Photos By Amy Richmond Multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Jeremy Stephens of the bluegrass group High Fidelity is a devoted student of traditional bluegrass and country music. While he enjoys digging through the golden nuggets of music history, Stephens puts his own stamp of uniqueness to his music on his second solo…

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