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The Jerry Garcia “A Bluegrass Journey” Exhibit Opening Weekend

Over the weekend of March 28-30, 2024, the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame and Museum opened up its newest exhibit—Jerry Garcia “A Bluegrass Journey” with a star-studded event that included many artists who had performed with Garcia over the years, including David Nelson, Peter Rowan, Eric Thompson, Pete Wernick and Maria Muldaur.   In addition…

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Ben Eldridge

Bluegrass Music Loses Another Banjo Legend Photo by Dan Miller Benjamin Rolfe “Ben” Eldridge (August 15, 1938 – April 14, 2024) was a co-founder of the Seldom Scene and served as the group’s banjoist and longest-tenured member; he logged a total of 44 years with the band from 1971 until 2015. As an instrumentalist in what…

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Bluegrass & Bourbon

Dierks Bentley Embraces Two Western Kentucky Traditions Photos by Zach Belcher Owensboro (Kentucky’s fourth largest city) is known as the culinary and cultural hub of western Kentucky due in large part to its extraordinary three B’s—Bluegrass, Bourbon and Barbecue.  As the birthplace of the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) and the home of the Bluegrass…

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Chubby Collier with Mac Wiseman, ca. fall 1952. Left to right: Chubby Collier, Mac Wiseman, Jim Williams and Wayne Brown. Photo originally printed in the February 1970 issue of Bluegrass Unlimited. // Photo courtesy of Pete Kuykendall.

Notes & Queries – June 2024

Q: Chubby Collier played some awesome hardcore fiddle on several Charlie Bailey songs that I like extremely well. I believe he was from far southwest Virginia. I wonder if he recorded on more songs; I can’t think of any. Can you come up with anything about him? I’d love to learn as much as I…

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Never Come Down—(left to right): Ben Ticknor, Kaden Hurst, Joe Suskind, Crystal Lariza and Brian Alley. Photo by Sol Gutierrez

On the Way Up with Never Come Down 

Never Come Down isn’t just riding high, they’re moving fast. One listen to their new album, Greener Pastures, out in June, or glance at their packed tour schedule and it’s clear this innovative five-member Portland, Oregon, band is going places. Yet it was only six years ago that band members Joe Suskind (guitar, vocals), Crystal…

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Tomie Thompson featured with Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys in DeRidder, Louisiana, ca. 1946. Front row, left to right: Tomie Thompson, Earl Scruggs and Howard Watts (Cedric Rainwater); back row, left to right: Jimmy Kish, Bill Monroe, Chubby Wise and Lester Flatt

Remembering Earl Scruggs at 100

Photos Courtesy of the Earl Scruggs Center Collection [Editor’s Note:  In our January, 2024 issue we ran an article about the new Earl Scruggs exhibit at the Earl Scruggs Center in Shelby, North Carolina.  Part of that exhibit includes information from a 17,000 word document that Earl had written about his life.  In our previous…

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