The Artists

Wes Corbett playing his banjo in his living room with his cat

Wes Corbett

Pushing the Envelope Photos by Kaitlyn Raitz Growing up on Bainbridge Island, Washington, just west of Seattle, 5-string wizard Wes Corbett had heard bluegrass-style banjo on the radio, most memorably via the Car Talk theme. It didn’t immediately call out to the young, classically-trained pianist. Nor did the vocal strains of the high lonesome sound….

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Group photo of the band smiling with their instruments

Fireside Collective: The New Generation of Bluegrass

Photos by Heather Hambor Just like the name of their third CD, Elements, Fireside Collective is a multifarious music group melding together a variety of influences. “We have always been inspired by the creativity and excitement of Bill Monroe and the Bluegrass Boys, Flatt and Scruggs and the Foggy Mountain Boys, The Stanley Brothers and…

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Bronwyn standing in the road holding her fiddle.

Bronwyn Keith-Hynes

Proving Bluegrass is Alive and Well Photos by Jake’s Visuals Shortly after I accepted the job as the managing editor of Bluegrass Unlimited magazine, I received an email from a subscriber expressing his concern about the state of bluegrass music. His contention was, “Bluegrass is dead. Young people just aren’t interested in it anymore.” With…

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Jesse McReynolds holding his mandolin while sitting in a cozy chair

Jesse McReynolds Opry Memories

Photos By Michael Gomez After the passing of Jan Howard last March, Bluegrass Hall of Fame member Jesse McReynolds became the oldest living member of the Grand Ole Opry. In 2021 he will celebrate 57 years as a member—38 of those with his brother as “Jim and Jesse,” the longest running brother duo in the…

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Daryl rests his arm on a swinging bench while posing for a photo

Daryl Mosely Flies Solo

Photos by Shelley Swanger Despite his lengthy career in music, veteran bluegrass artist Daryl Mosley had his doubts that people would recognize his individual talents.  “Even though I’ve been in bluegrass music professionally for 30 years, you never really know who knows who you are,” Mosley said. “I’ve always been part of a band. I…

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(left to right) Richard Kleese, Jimmy Drummond, Norman Racey, Richard "Buggs" Frank, Jamie Thomas pose for a photo with their instruments

The Five of a Kind

40 Years of Picking Traditional Bluegrass For 40 years, the Five of a Kind bluegrass band has been entertaining audiences up and down the Northern Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. Based in Strasburg, Virginia, the group’s personable and involve-the-audience approach to a traditional blend of bluegrass and classic country gathered a large following throughout the area….

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