Category Archives: bluegrass

Gary B. Reid’s introduction to the Stanley Brothers was a used record he picked up for 33 cents in 1973. That modest investment launched Reid on an odyssey that would culminate in “what just might be the definitive history of … Continue reading

Name one other banjo player who wears Prada. And I don’t mean Prada overalls. —Natalie Maines The lead singer of the breakout bluegrass trio the Dixie Chicks, Natalie Maines, was born on October 14, 1974. The singer joined the Dixie … Continue reading

Tonight, the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) will induct folklorist, musician, bluegrass historian, and University of Illinois Press author Neil V. Rosenberg into the International Bluegrass Hall of Fame at its awards show in Raleigh, North Carolina. Rosenberg currently serves … Continue reading

Born on July 23, 1971, Central Illinois native Alison Krauss has been awarded with more Grammys than any other female artist. The singer and fiddle player has put up sales numbers greater than any other living bluegrass act. Yet, as Murphy … Continue reading

Congratulations to author Stephen Wade, who has gained another award for The Beautiful Music All Around Us: Field Recordings and the American Experience. The book was recently honored with a Deems Taylor Award for outstanding print, broadcast, and new media coverage of … Continue reading

Bluegrass singer Ginger Boatwright was born on September 21st in 1944. She has been involved in various bands throughout the years including the Grammy nominated Red White and Blue(grass), the all-female bluegrass group the Bushwackers, and the Doug Dillard Band. … Continue reading

Bluegrass Bluesman: A Memoir by Josh Graves, Edited by Fred Bartenstein has been awarded a Certificate of Merit in the 2013 Association for Recorded Sound Collections (ARSC) Awards for Excellence category of Best Research in Recorded Country Music. A pivotal member … Continue reading

To coincide with the International Bluegrass Music Association’s World of Bluegrass event September 24-28, 2013, in Raleigh, North Carolina, we are offering eBook versions of three University of Illinois Press titles on sale for $2.99. The sale will run through September 30. Bluegrass Bluesman: … Continue reading

PopMatters has posted an excerpt from Murphy Hicks Henry’s book about influential and often overlooked women in bluegrass, Pretty Good for a Girl. The first book devoted entirely to women in bluegrass, Pretty Good for a Girl documents the lives of more … Continue reading

Although there is some slight dispute over her exact birthday, records say Ola Belle Campbell Reed, was born on August 18, 1916, in Lansing, North Carolina. She was the fourth of thirteen children born to Arthur and Ella May Campbell. A … Continue reading