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The Earls of Leicester (left to right) Charlie Cushman, Johnny Warren, Shawn Camp, Jerry Douglas. Photo by Eli Johnson

First-Ever Earl Scruggs Festival

Finally Takes Place with Potential for the Future Intact The Earl Scruggs Festival has been in the works for years now, yet the pandemic reared its ugly head and the hard decision to postpone it for two years in a row was made. Many music festivals had to shut down for at least one year…

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Hot Rize at Rockygrass (left to right) Pete Wernick, Nick Forster, Tim O’Brien.

Reunite to  Play Rockygrass 2022

Photos by Kevin Slick “I think it’s the 50th anniversary of Rocky Grass and Craig Ferguson is always looking for ways to respect tradition while also welcoming new audiences,” says Nick Forster. “And he was just steadfast in his commitment. He just said, ‘Look…we have to have Hot Rize. We cannot do the 50th anniversary…

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The Stillhouse Junkies performing at the 2022 John Hartford Memorial Festival

Return To Form

Hartford Memorial Festival Welcomes Back Crowds Following Two-year Interruption A two-year hiatus because of COVID-19, and a change of venue, did little to hinder the 10th Annual John Hartford Memorial Festival in Springville, Indiana. Nearly 2,000 people—including spectators, band members, vendors and staff workers—were present at the event, held from June 1 to June 4 at…

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The Dan Tyminski band performing in 2022 Photo by Tom Beck

Piedmont Council Of Traditional Music

“Never doubt that a group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”  – Margaret Mead From September 27 through October 1, Raleigh, North Carolina, hosted the International Bluegrass Music Association’s World of Bluegrass for the 10th consecutive year. Some 200,000 musicians and fans will visit…

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One of the many tribute band configurations performing at the Keith Whitley tribute (left to right): Andrew Rigsby, Don Rigsby, Ralph Stanley II, Dwight Whitley, and Randall Hibbit. Photo by Angela Marx

With a Tribute to His Hall of Fame Career

In May of 2022 it was announced that Keith Whitley was to be inducted as the newest member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, with thousands of his fans and followers celebrating the news. But back in eastern Kentucky, plans for a musical celebration and a tribute had already been in the works for…

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The Band Kelly performing (pre-pandemic) in the John C. Campbell Folk School’s Festival Barn. Photo Courtesy of John C. Campbell Folk School.

John C. Campbell Folk School

SCENIC NORTH CAROLINA CAMPUS STRIVES TO KEEP APPALACHIAN MUSIC, DANCE AND CULTURE ALIVE IN BRASSTOWN, NORTH CAROLINA The traditional Morningsong music program is offered several days a week at 7:45 a.m., and Friday performances are streamed live on the Folk School’s Facebook page. A socially distanced and masked crowd filled the historic Keith House Community…

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