April 2022 Issue

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The Tradition

Authentic Unlimited performing at Bluegrass First Class—(left to right) John Meador, Jesse Brock (in background), Jerry Cole, Eli Johnston. // Photo by Gary Hatley

Authentic Unlimited

By Sandy Hatley

Sets Sail Upon Doyle Lawson’s retirement, three members of his band, Quicksilver—Eli Johnston-banjo, Stephen Burwell-fiddle,…

The Artists

Doyle Lawson

By Bill Conger

Retires from the Road Photo by Richard Boyd The last week of 2021 was an…

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Mark Hembree tends the record shack at Bill Monroe’s annual Bean Bossom festival. Hembree was allowed to supplement his band income by taking a percentage from sales of albums, cassettes, T-shirts, coffee mugs and other merchandise.

Hembree  Remembers

By Dan Shaw

Touring With The “Father of Bluegrass”  In many ways, Mark Hembree’s new book about life on the…

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Ben Greene

By Sandy Hatley

Bluegrass Sideman Photos By Laura Ridge “I am very blessed to have spent my whole…

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The Sound

Tom Ellis // Photo by Jennifer Klanika

Tom Ellis and  Pava Knezevic

By David McCarty

Mandolin-Building’s Odd Couple Together, Tom Ellis and Pava Knezevic have taken Ellis’s 40+ years of…

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Brian Wicklund

By Dan Miller

and the American Fiddle Method In 1998 fiddle player Brian Wicklund wrote and published his…

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Doyle Lawson and Donna Ulisse

You Ain’t Heard  Lonesome Yet

By Casey L. Penn

“It’s one of those wonderful lines that trips magically off the tongue,” said Donna Ulisse…

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The Venue

Bluegrass 45 during their 2017 visit to Troutville, Virginia to see the old 1953 Beck Bus that they travelled around to festivals in during their 1971 US tour.

Bluegrass and Country Music in Japan  

By Joe Ross

As an “overseas brat” growing up in Japan during the 1950s and 60s, it was…

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A Perfect Festival Venue

By Sandy Hatley

With Denton FarmPark, you have a winning formula for the perfect music venue: an expansive…

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photo by Mickey Stroud

Lorraine’s Coffee House And Music

By Jack Bernhardt

Garner, North Carolina The late Dixie Hall characterized Lorraine Jordan as “the hardest working woman…

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