The Tradition

Keith Whitley singing with Ralph Stanley

Ralph Stanley

I’ve Just Seen the Rock of Ages Cold chills. That’s what I get when I hear the eerie voice of Ralph Stanley. You can say that I’ve been a true-blue Stanley Brothers nut since I first heard them in 1962. Just thumbing through my collection of LPs, I count 58 Stanley Brothers or Ralph Stanley…

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International Bluegrass Music Association Hall of Fame Class of 2022

Peter Rowan, Norman Blake and Paul “Moon” Mullins When the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) announces its list of new Hall of Fame inductees every year ahead of the annual Awards Show in Raleigh, North Carolina, the names always garner attention, discussion and respect. In the year of 2022, the Hall of Fame inductee class…

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Dwight Whitley

Harboring The Legacy Photo by Megan Sweeting Briar Fork was in many ways your typical holler in eastern Kentucky, a rural road off State Route 32, four miles from Sandy Hook, near the Little Sandy River. Elliott County has some of the prettiest scenery in the state. It’s not exactly in the bluegrass region that…

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Circa 1855 sheet music for “Listen to the Mocking Bird”

Notes & Queries – October 2022

Queries Q: I’m producing a new CD album of my band, The Bluegrass Ramble, here in Japan. The new album will be a live 2-CD set with 36 songs and will celebrate the Bluegrass Ramble’s 200th show in October 2022. We are now in the process of designing the package. I am having trouble finding…

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Keith Whitley

The Bluegrass Years This year—2022—is going to be a huge year for Keith Whitley fans. We will watch as Keith receives one of the highest honors a country music singer can achieve—induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame. I have been following and studying Keith’s career since I became interested in bluegrass in 1985….

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Tom Mindte with his first mandolin (age 8)

Tom Mindte

Bluegrass Musician And Recording Impresario I have known Tom Mindte since the mid-1970s when he was a frequent patron of Shakey’s Pizza Parlor in Rockville, MD. My band, Appalachian Reign, played there on Saturday nights and he was one of our biggest fans. Tom grew up in a household that loved music. His Dad, Vance,…

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