The Venue

Appalachian Music Program

West Virginia University For bluegrass music fans, West Virginia represents the heartland of the deep and rich musical traditions of Appalachia.  The old rural mountain lifestyle that first generation bluegrass singers remember fondly in their songs about the old log cabin and the homeplace have been passed down in the bluegrass music tradition in such…

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Molly Tuttle, AJ Lee, and Angelica Grim perform as part of the Kids On Bluegrass program at the CBA Father’s Day Festival

The California Bluegrass Association

Promoting Bluegrass Music in The Golden State for Nearly Fifty Years California is a long way from the heartland of bluegrass music, however, the California Bluegrass Association (CBA) represents the largest organized community of bluegrass enthusiasts in the United States.  Regarding the popularity of bluegrass in California, Keith Little, one of the forty charter members…

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Preparing for Festival Season

Photo by Elliot Carter, Courtesy of ROMP Festival Anyone that has spent a long weekend at an outdoor bluegrass festival knows the importance of being well-equipped and well prepared. Whether you are baking under the hot sun, getting drenched from a torrential downpour, or finding yourself ankle deep in mud, it is essential to have…

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photo by Mickey Stroud

Lorraine’s Coffee House And Music

Garner, North Carolina The late Dixie Hall characterized Lorraine Jordan as “the hardest working woman in bluegrass.” And that was before Jordan opened Lorraine’s Coffee House and Music in her hometown of Garner, North Carolina. Since founding Lorraine Jordan and Carolina Road in 1999, Jordan has maintained a hectic schedule, taking her traditional bluegrass music…

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A Perfect Festival Venue

With Denton FarmPark, you have a winning formula for the perfect music venue: an expansive covered inclined seating area, a large attractive stage, great sound, lots of good food vendors, clean permanent restrooms, and plenty of shady campsites, all set in a spacious rural agricultural setting. Over the past four decades, such bluegrass notables as…

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Bluegrass 45 during their 2017 visit to Troutville, Virginia to see the old 1953 Beck Bus that they travelled around to festivals in during their 1971 US tour.

Bluegrass and Country Music in Japan  

As an “overseas brat” growing up in Japan during the 1950s and 60s, it was always a treat for our family to tune into the Far East Network (810 on the radio dial). Broadcasting from Tokyo, the Armed Forces network affiliate station would bring us America’s Top 40 with Casey Kasem, Paul Harvey’s commentary, football…

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