The Venue

Randy Wood

Pickin’ Party

Randy Wood’s most prized possession back home on the Georgia farm was a pocket knife his father gave him.  With it, and some other woodworking tools, he became internationally famous as a builder and repairer of fine acoustic instruments.  Randy joined the Army after high school and learned how to play guitar during long solo…

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Bluegrass Goes To College

Photo by Tim Black Denison University: Bluegrass & American Roots Program Granville, Ohio Established in 2010, Denison University’s Bluegrass and American Roots Program is one of an increasing number of university programs focusing on the study and performance of bluegrass, blues, old-time, and other traditional American music. Since 2018, the Denison program has been under…

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The Acoustic Shoppe

A Family Affair Photos by Cole Simmons “How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.”     In 1850, when Elizabeth Barrett Browning opened her Sonnet Number 43 of Sonnets From The Portuguese, she wasn’t thinking of bluegrass music! Bill Monroe was not yet even a gleam in his daddy’s eye. Still though, for…

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Bluegrass “Mr. Brightside”

A Tiktok Roots Revival Photo By Nathaniel Clayton I was born in the year 2000, a member of the first ever group of humans handed social media accounts in middle school. We lab rats were the first to leave our digital footprint on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and Snapchat at the tender age of twelve, tying…

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Students smile for a group photo at the Monroe Mandolin camp

Monroe Mandolin Camp

Building Bluegrass Community  Music camps and workshops provide students with an opportunity to interact with, and learn directly from, professional musicians and music heroes. While at camp, students also have the opportunity to make new friends who share common interests and, of course, there is the jamming. It is learning via the total immersion method….

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Larry Rice, JD Crowe, and Tony Rice performing on stage.

Tony Rice with JD Crowe at the Red Slipper Lounge in Lexington, Kentucky

A mirage to most modern day music fans, the Red Slipper Lounge in Lexington, Kentucky has long been heralded for bluegrass music. Known for being the stomping ground for JD Crowe and The Kentucky Mountain Boys (and later The New South) for six nights per week from 1968 to 1975, the venue had a reputation…

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