December 2020 Issue

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The Tradition

The Artists

Black and white image of Roger Sprung and his banjo

Roger Sprung: The “Godfather of Progressive Bluegrass” at Age 90

By Richard D. Smith

Who is the big man in the white shirt, black slacks and two-tone shoes, crowned…

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The Sound

Bottom Row (left to right): Mike Seeger, Ralph Rinzler, Doc Watson, Tex Logan, John Carlini, Bernie Coveney. Back Row (left to right): Jack Cooke, Bill Monroe, Betty Fisher, Oscar Brand, Cecil Null, Benny Williams, James Monroe, Joe Gonzalez. Middle Row (with banjo): Don Lineberger

The Legendary Tex Logan Jam Sessions

By John Carlini

I first met the double-genius, Dr. Benjamin “Tex” Logan, in the mid ’60’s. My long-time…

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Ben Mason in his workshop.

Ben Mason

By Matt Wickstrom

Bluegrass Builders Photos By Kristen Ellis Photographer Not only is Kentucky home to legendary bluegrass…

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The Venue

Sonny Osborne, Saburo Watanabe, and Earl Scruggs

Bluegrass Country Soul

By Nancy Cardwell

Taking Us Back to 1971 For those in the bluegrass community who have been unable…

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Fiddle on display at Bluegrass Music and Hall of Fame and Museum

Uncle Pen’s Fiddle

By Dan Miller

Photos By Jamie Alexander So says the song that Bill Monroe wrote about his fiddle…

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