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January 2021

The Tradition

Pete Kuykendall smiles for a photo

IBMA Hall Of Famers Remembered

By Derek Halsey

The Legendary Pete Kuykendall Brought To Life By Peter Rowan When it comes to featuring artists who are honored at the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame & Museum, located in…

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Notes & Queries – January

By Gary Reid

Editor’s Note:  Our long-time Notes & Queries writer Walt Saunders, who is now 86 years old and has been involved with this magazine since 1967, was under the weather this…

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The Artists

Sturgill Butcher Shoppe Semi Song

Back to Cuttin’ Grass

By Matt Wickstrom

Although it’s taken him five albums to put out a project with the bluegrass arrangements to match, this is exactly what Sturgill Simpson has done on Cuttin’ Grass – Vol.1…

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Close up image of instrument strings

Wings of a Jetliner

By Bill Conger

Master mandolin player Nate Lee of the Becky Buller Band (B^3) is flying sky high with the debut of his full-length album, Wings of a Jetliner. But before we board…

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Patrick McAvinue plays violin outdoors

Patrick McAvinue

By Tim Newby

A Perfect Fit Between Nashville and Baltimore “I wanted to help bridge the connection between Nashville and Baltimore,” explains fiddler Patrick McAvinue about his latest album, Perfect Fit released in…

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Donna and Roni Stoneman sit on top of a red vehicle in matching outfits

Donna and Roni Stoneman and The Legendary Stoneman Family

By Dan Miller

Before the Carter Family or Jimmie Rodgers ever stood in front of a microphone to record for Ralph Peer, another “hillbilly” artist had already solidly established himself.  Starting in 1924,…

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The Sound

A Preston Thompson guitar lying in a bed a plants

A 21st Century Bluegrass Guitar From Oregon’s High Desert

By David McCarty

The D-MA from Preston Thompson Guitars in Sisters, Oregon has almost no interest in impersonating a vintage D-18. And that’s exactly what makes it such a compelling and distinctively modern…

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Gavin plays his guitar

Gaven “Gravy” Largent

By Lee Kotick

Modern Day Dobro Construction from a Traditional Perspective Photos By Jake’s Visuals In our world of bluegrass and acoustic music, the news travels quickly when a young master emerges on…

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The Venue

Bill Monroe's headstock on display in a gold frame

Bill Monroe’s Gouged Headstock Veneer

By Dan Miller

If you look at any photo of Bill Monroe holding his mandolin taken between 1950 and 1980, you will notice that the company name, which usually graces the instrument’s headstock,…

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Sam Bush, Curtis Burch, John Cowan of New Grass Revival, smile for a photo

But…It’s Never Been Done Before!

By Chris Thiessen

Joanne Gardner, John Lowell, and the Virtual 2020 IBMA Bluegrass Awards Show The performance centerpiece of the annual IBMA conference is the IBMA Bluegrass Music Awards show, where – selected…

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