The Venue

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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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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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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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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Head tech Amy England and Linda Osborne inspect a 1985 D-18 Photo by Bud Osborne

Arthur’s Music

Indy’s Bluegrass Heart Walk into Arthur’s Music in southeast Indianapolis’ artsy Fountain Square neighborhood, and you’re immediately struck by how seriously this music store takes serving the area’s bluegrass customers. On an average day, a customer will find 30-50 banjos ranging from less expensive Deering Goodtime models to a vintage 1999 Gibson Earl Scruggs Signature…

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Swannanoa Gathering

Photos by Arlin Geyer The mountains of Western North Carolina have long been a hotbed for old-time and bluegrass music. Names like Doc Watson or Earl Scruggs come to mind for many, while there have been many more beloved players to emerge in the generations since. Particularly in Asheville, the place where Bill Monroe named…

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