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February 2024

The Tradition

Carter Stanley

Story Telling, Friendship and Carter Stanley

By Gary Reid

My Friend, Carter It all happened by accident. These things have a way of starting out like that. I hadn’t planned it, and I wasn’t looking for it . .…

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Kenny Baker, Bobby Hicks, and Bryon Berline at the 1975 Dick Tyner’s Golden West Bluegrass Festival. Photo by Sue & John Averill, courtesy of the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame & Museum.

Bobby Hicks Reflects On His Career

By Sandy Hatley

Famed fiddler and king of the double stops, Bobby Hicks, celebrated his 90th birthday in July. Due to problems with his balance and a torn rotator cuff, the fiddle icon…

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Ray Davis about the time of his record releases for the DC and Marshall labels.

Notes & Queries – February 2024

By Gary Reid

Q: I was just listening to Bill Monroe’s recording of “Christmas Time’s a-Comin’” and I would swear I could hear the unmistakable voice of Del McCoury in the harmony. The…

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The Artists

Terry Baucom // Photo by laci mack

Terry Baucom

By Derek Halsey

The Duke of Drive Leaves Behind a Powerful Legacy in the Bluegrass World The old mill town of Elkin, North Carolina, is an oasis for folks who want to live…

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Jody Stecher and Kate Brislin at home in San Francisco, 1987. // Photo by Eric Thompson

Jody Stecher and Kate Brislin 

By Jon Hartley Fox

Deeply Traditional, Highly Original The saga of the musical careers of Jody Stecher and Kate Brislin—both individually and as a duo—spans seven decades, 20 albums, thousands of performances and more…

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The Dirty Grass Players, (l to r) Ben Kolakowski, Connor Murray, Alex Berman, and Ryan Rogers play a sold-out album release show at the Recher Theatre in Maryland. // Photo by Liz Pappas (Barley Moon Photography)

On The Fringe

By Tim Newby

Bands Blurring the Lines of Bluegrass The idea of the grand voyager can invoke many images in your mind. It invokes the idea of travel, exploration, discovery and a journey.…

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Andy Leftwich


Photo courtesy of Crossroads Label Group During the latter part of 2023, four-time Grammy-winning fiddler Andy Leftwich spent several of his nights at churches alongside his wife, Rachel, a talented…

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Full Cord Bluegrass (left to right): Eric Langejans , Ricky Mier, Todd Kirchner, Brian Oberlin and Grant Flack. // Photo by Scott Simontacchi

Full Cord Bluegrass Cambium

By Nancy Posey

With the release of Full Cord’s new album Cambium, fans may have to turn to the dictionary to learn that the title refers to the layers of plant cells that…

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The Sound

Jody Hughes

By Dan Miller

Online Lessons for Guitar and Banjo While researching an article that I wrote about Allen Shelton in the December 2023 issue of Bluegrass Unlimited, I ran across a YouTube lesson…

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Has Eastman Brought Affordability TO Bluegrass Guitars?

By David McCarty

Photos by Bud Osborne Eastman Music Company, over the last decade or so, has quietly but unmistakably risen to the challenge of building guitars that can satisfy discerning bluegrass players,…

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I’ll Take Love

By Casey L. Penn

Louisa Branscomb and Dale Ann Bradley A song can create an out-of-body experience, not only for listeners upon hearing it but also for songwriters as they write. This according to renowned…

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The Venue

The AFBA mural on display, painted by D. E. Johnson in 1978. Photo by Jamie Plain


By Carly Smith

In June, the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame & Museum unveiled a new exhibition highlighting the history of the bluegrass festival. The culmination of a collaborative effort with the Appalachian…

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Lucketts Community Center

Bluegrass at the Lucketts Community Center

By Gary Reid

Fifty Years and Counting Photos courtesy of Jeff Ludin, Lucketts Community Center For many bluegrass fans living outside of the Northern Virginia/Metro DC environs, the Lucketts, Virginia, Community Center and…

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