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January 2023

The Tradition

Notes & Queries – January 2023

By Gary Reid

Queries Q: The title track to the Gillis Brothers and their Hard-Driving Bluegrass Band’s second CD, “Ice Cold Stone” (Hay Holler HHH-CD-302, 1992), is somewhat of a mystery. Larry and…

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Photo by Joyce Sizemore

Remembrances of Herschel Sizemore

By Chris Wathen

On Sept 9, 2022 the bluegrass and mandolin worlds lost a true icon. I would dare say most modern mandolin players have been influenced by Herschel even if it was…

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The Artists

Photo by Lance Velarde Photography

David Parmley 

By Dan Miller

“Wha’d I Miss?” Photo by Lance Velarde Photography David Parmley gained a reputation as one of the strongest lead vocalists in bluegrass music while working with his father, Don Parmley,…

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Photo by Pam Jones

Edgar Loudermilk

By Bob Webster

Two Decades  of Roads Traveled Edgar Loudermilk…Edgar Loudermilk…you might be thinking to yourself—I know I’ve heard that name but can’t quite place him.  (The Louvin Brothers’ real surname was Loudermilk,…

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The Sound

Larry Rice with J.D. Crowe and the Kentucky Mountain Boys—Left to right) Bobby Sloane, J.D. Crowe, Larry Rice, Doyle Lawson. photo by Jack A. Cobb

Larry Rice and His 1959 F-5 Gibson Mandolin

By Lee Kotick

This article provides an insight into Larry Prentis Rice and his mandolin, and contains anecdotal recollections about him from friends, family, and bandmates. As the oldest of the four Rice…

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Kimber Ludiker

By Dan Miller

Introducing Kids to Bluegrass Music One of the best ways to ensure that bluegrass music continues to grow and blossom in the future is to introduce the music to young…

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photos by David McCarty

Picker’s Paradise Celebrates

By David McCarty

A Half Century of Great Music For fifty iterations since 1972, the legendary Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield, Kansas, has crowned national and international champions in instruments as diverse as…

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The Venue

photos by Jeromie Stephens

Blue Highway Fest

By Derek Halsey

Begins in the Heart of Appalachia Wherever you put your chair at Blue Highway Fest, you can see the mountains surrounding the small town of Big Stone Gap, Virginia, where…

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photos by Dale Cahill

Friends Don’t Let Friends Start Bluegrass Festivals…Or Do They?

By Dale McCurry

The Challenges of Running and Starting a Bluegrass Festival After over thirty years of attending bluegrass festivals, more than once we have heard the saying, “Friends don’t let friends start…

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