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May 24, 2017 - The spring 2017 edition of the Southern Ohio Indoor Music Festival kicked off as few likely have in the past, not with a great bluegrass band, but a great bluegrass orchestra. Opening the show were... »»»
March 24, 2017 - When Nikki Lane rolled into town on her current Stagecoach Spotlight Tour, she and her touring mates were under the weather. Although illness didn't keep Lane performing (she was in fine voice... »»»
March 18, 2017 - For about the past six months, veteran bluegrassers Clay Hess, formerly of Kentucky Thunder, and Tim Shelton of NewFound Road, along with Clay's son Brennan, have collectively been The Surly Gentlemen.... »»»
March 15, 2017 - The Station Inn is Nashville's self-styled "World Famous" venue for bluegrass and roots music for over 40 years. Over time, the area around The Station Inn (much like the rest of Nashville)... »»»
March 15, 2017 - Jason Isbell was in a jubilant mood shortly after taking the stage at the Anaheim House of Blues' recently relocated new location. Now situated in a shopping strip called the GardenWalk, yet still... »»»
March 1, 2017 - Disappointment could have been the operative word for those entering the club. After all, a two-fer from two veteran, respected Texas acts sharing the bill - Randy Rogers Band and Josh Abbott Band - was... »»»
February 27, 2017 - Marty Stuart came out west (some might say, way out west), to help promote his latest California-themed album, "Way Out West." The first half of the evening featured a Q&A section where Stuart... »»»
February 17, 2017 - The way The Cadillac Three lead singer Jaren Johnston told it, the band could have had their choice of opening tours this year for the likes of Kenny Chesney, Dierks Bentley and Jake Owen.... »»»
February 15, 2017 - Glance back 50 years and the idea of a folk music festival would bring to mind a gathering dominated by tie-dye, Birkenstocks and people who might otherwise find work as stunt doubles for Peter, Paul and Mary.... »»»
February 11, 2017 - An eclectic group of Americana artists gathered together for a relatively low-key tribute to Loretta Lynn on the eve of the glitzy Grammy Awards. In contrast to the expensive dresses and song sets... »»»