May 2023 Issue

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The Tradition

The Artists

Billy Strings performing to a sell-out crowd at the Bridgestone Arena.

Billy Strings

By Derek Halsey

Presides Over One of the Most Important Two-Week Spans in Bluegrass History The rise of…

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Billy Strings performing with Tony Rice’s guitar. Photo by Jesse Faatz

Pam Rice Talks About the New Tony Rice Festival, and Letting Billy Strings Play Tony’s D-28

By Derek Halsey

It has been a rough two-and-a-half years for Pam Rice. On Christmas Day of 2020,…

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John Cloyd Miller and Natalya Zoe Weinstein. Photo by Sarah Johnston, courtesy of Organic Records.

 Zoe & Cloyd

By Penny Parsons

Vibrant Branches Sprout From Deep Roots Married partners Natalya Zoe Weinstein and John Cloyd Miller are…

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(Left to Right) Jacob Smith, Sam Stage, Liam Purcell (seated), Colton Kerchner, Rob McCormac.

Liam Purcell and Cane Mill Road

By Nancy Posey

Photo by Craig Etchison For many musicians, releasing an album at twenty would be considered…

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2023 Reader’s Poll

By Dan Miller

Bluegrass Unlimited first conducted a Reader’s Poll in 1967, the year after the magazine was…

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The Sound

Steve Martin and Marc Horowitz. // Photo Courtesy of Marc Horowitz

Banjo Whisperer

By Steve Martin

The phrase suggests a mystical or wizardly sort, surrounded by banjos and the tools used…

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Murphy and her son Christopher Henry. Photo Courtesy of Christopher Henry.

Christopher Henry Surprises His Mom, Murphy Henry, With Album of All-Stars Playing Her Songs

By Derek Halsey

At a recent concert, after her sound check, bluegrass veteran Murphy Henry heard music over…

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Paul Beard Guitars

By Chris Courogen

Photos By Chris A. Courogen Paul Beard hasn’t always made squareneck resonator guitars. It just…

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The Venue

The Earls of Leicester Performing at the Bluegrass Hall of Fame and Museum. // Photo by Joel Quimby

Great American Bluegrass Jam Weekend Recap

By Carly Smith

Bluegrass music was thriving throughout every corner of downtown Owensboro, Kentucky with the inaugural Great…

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