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March 2023

The Tradition

Notes & Queries – March 2023

By Gary Reid

Queries Q: I have a question about the photo of The Traveler album by the Country Gentlemen [Rebel SLP-1481, 1968]. According to my friends, the photo was taken in the…

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Fred Bartenstein sells Muleskinner News in the crowd, Culpeper, VA. 1973 Photo by Carl Fleischauer

Carrying Knowledge  and Passing It Along

By Sandy Hatley

When watching a musical performance, people generally focus solely on the artist(s). Little thought is given to the promoters, the sound/technical crew, the songwriters, the managers/booking agents, the bus drivers,…

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Josh Graves display at the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Owensboro, Kentucky. // Photo by Jamie Alexander

A New Ingredient

By Carly Smith

Bluegrass is a genre of music that’s been evolving since it first came out of the oven.  The original recipe created by master chef Bill Monroe had five cornerstone ingredients: …

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The Artists

Tim Graves and the Farm Hands (left to right): Terry Eldredge, Tim Graves, Jimmy Haynes, Don Wayne Reno.

Continuing the Flow of First Generation Bluegrass DNA

By Derek Halsey

Like a lot of folks that grew up in the last century, the Graves family moved north from the Appalachian region looking for work. While Tellico Plains, Tennessee, was the…

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Appalachian Road Show (left to right) Todd Phillips, Jim VanCleve, Barry Abernathy, Darrell Webb, Zeb Snyder

The Appalachian Road Show

By Derek Halsey

Moving Forward with a Vision to Showcase the Roots of a Truly American Genre of Music Photos by Erick Anderson When I first heard the news of the creation of…

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Andy Thorn

By Nancy Posey

Releases Songs of the Sunrise Fox Photos by Molly McCormick North Carolina native Andy Thorn had traveled to Colorado for the outdoor activities since college, so when he had the…

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The Foghorn String Band (left to right) Reeb Willms, Caleb Klauder, Nadine Landry, Stephen ‘Sammy’ Lind.

The Foghorn Stringband

By Murphy Henry

Feeling the Joy Of Playing Together Again Photo by Sandlin Gaither It was March 2020. (Cue ominous music.) The Foghorn Stringband was looking forward to their East Coast tour. Reeb…

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2023 Reader’s Poll

By Bluegrass Unlimited

In 1967, and again in 1971, Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine presented a Reader’s Poll and we have decided to bring it back in 2023.  There are a lot of categories that…

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The Sound

Jordan Riehm is the Head of Content at Tunefox


By Dan Miller

The Future of Tablature Photo by Ryan Leach Learning to read music outside of the realm of classical or jazz music on instruments such as guitar, mandolin, banjo and Dobro,…

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Everybody’s Got A Line

By Casey L. Penn

Deeply relatable in lyric yet firmly fun in its delivery, “Everybody’s Got a Line,” written by Chris Jones and recorded by Chris Jones and The Night Drivers (Make Each Second…

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Wayne  Henderson

By Mike England

An American Treasure    Photos by Mike England   In this day and age of shake-and-bake stardom, reality television, and fifteen minutes of fame seekers it is comforting and refreshing…

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The Venue

50 Years of Elderly  Instruments

By Cathy Fink

For fifty years Elderly Instruments of Lansing, Michigan has been a central home for the warm sound of vintage instruments and an incredible selection of new instruments by luthiers from…

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