Category Archives: bluegrass

Lee Bidgood offers a fascinating study of the Czech bluegrass phenomenon, merging intimate immersion in the music with on-the-ground fieldwork informed by his life as a working musician. Drawing on his own personal and professional interactions, Bidgood charts how Czech … Continue reading

We are pleased to announce that The Music of the Stanley Brothers by Gary B. Reid has won Best Discography in the ARSC Awards for Excellence, awarded by the Association for Recorded Sound Collections. It’s a bit of double dip … Continue reading

The most atypical of bluegrass artists, Bill Clifton has enjoyed a long career as a recording artist, performer, and champion of old-time music. Bill C. Malone pens the story of Clifton’s eclectic life and influential career. Born into a prominent … Continue reading

Last week, the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) named UIP author Penny Parsons Bluegrass Print/Media Person of the Year. A tireless music journalist, Parsons also published Foggy Mountain Troubadour: The Life and Music of Curly Seckler, an account of the … Continue reading

Penny Parsons’ acclaimed biography of bluegrass legend Curly Seckler keeps earning plaudits and getting attention. Recently, Penny sat down at WPAQ in Mt. Airy, North Carolina to discuss Mr. Seckler with Ivy Sheppard. Afterward, Ms. Sheppard received more requests to play … Continue reading

The pride of Big Spraddle Creek, Virginia, or somewhere close to it, Ralph Stanley was performing at age eleven and still going strong at age 89. “His voice sounds like it has been here since time began,” said bluegrass musician … Continue reading

With his trademark mandolin style and unequaled tenor harmonies, Curly Seckler has carved out a seventy-seven-year career in bluegrass and country music. Written in close collaboration with Mr. Seckler and those who know him, Foggy Mountain Troubadour is the first … Continue reading

The National Barn Dance was the nation’s most popular country music radio show during the 1930s and 1940s, predating the popularity of the Grand Ole Opry and serving as a precursor to the youth movement of that rose with rock … Continue reading

Congratulations to Gary B. Reid, author of The Music of the Stanley Brothers, who was named Bluegrass Print/Media Person of the Year by the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA). Gary Reid was awarded a luncheon on October 1, 2015, in Raleigh, NC, … Continue reading

Murphy Hicks Henry, author of Pretty Good for a Girl: Women in Bluegrass, has been given a Distinguished Achievement Award from the International Bluegrass Musical Association (IBMA). The award is given to artists and organizations that have made significant contributions … Continue reading