November 2021 Issue

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The Tradition

The Artists

Steve Dilling with Tony Rice

Steve Dilling

By Sandy Hatley

 A Great Banjo Picker and a Good Person Steve Dilling is a very humble and…

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Jeremy Stephens

By Bill Conger

How He Hears It   Photos By Amy Richmond Multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Jeremy Stephens of…

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Fiddler  Mike Barnett

By Bill Conger

Longs For Return To Playing  Photos By Stacie Huckaba After four years of hard work,…

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Béla Fleck

By Derek Halsey

Goes Deep into his  New 19-cut Album  My Bluegrass Heart Photos by Kevin Slick “I…

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The Sound

The Old Man  and the C-Clamp

By David McCarty

Photos by Cindy Matheson At an age when most people have slowed down, 99-year-old Buckeye…

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The Story of  a Stelling

By Chuck Dunlop

On November 14, 1995, a Stelling Sunflower banjo—serial number 4356— began its journey from the…

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Balsam Range’s Buddy Melton, Caleb Smith, and Tim Surrett performing at ROMP 2021. Photo by Dan Miller

The Richest Man

By Casey L. Penn

“When COVID-19 hit, it was obvious things were going to slow down,” recalled Buddy Melton,…

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The Venue

Milton Harkey

By Sandy Hatley

The Man Behind the Curtain “Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain,”is a…

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