September 2023 Issue

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The Tradition

The Artists

Mountain Heart at the Ryman.

Veteran Sideman Makes Solo Flight


Photos by Haley Gjertsen Mandolin whiz Ashby Frank who lays down the groove for progressive…

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The Sound

John Holder’s Good Ears Are Apparent In Blue Ridge Sound

By Sandy Hatley

Sound systems are an integral part of any musical event. No matter how talented the…

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Kevin Fennessey with his restored 1922 Gibson A-2 Mandolin

Restoring a Special 1922 Gibson A-2 “Snakehead” Mandolin

By Kevin Fennessey

My love for everything mandolin started 60 years ago at age 16, when I bought…

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Kentucky Morning by Darrell Scott

By Casey L. Penn

Written by multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter Darrell Scott (“You’ll Never Leave Harlan Alive,” “It’s A Great…

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The Venue

Photo by Ricky Davis

Kentucky ROMP Bluegrass Festival Celebrates 20th Year

By Donna Davis

Traveling to a “bluegrass roots and branches” music festival in Kentucky is like ordering lobster…

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Bluegrass Friendships, Associations and Storytelling

By Dave Nesbit

Photo by Ed Henry When Bill Monroe reportedly said, “Bluegrass has brought more people together…

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