When world-renowned banjo player Béla Fleck was commissioned to write his first banjo concerto, he knew it would be a long, deep and challenging experience. The master musician decided to film the yearlong journey, and the result is Béla Fleck: How to Write a Banjo Concerto, a very personal look a ... More >>
Redefining an instrument and creating a new genre are rare musical feats, creative accomplishments that come once in a generation, at best. The death of Earl Eugene Scruggs on Wednesday at the age of 88 marked the passing of such an innovator, an American artist who built a brand new sound out of fo ... More >>
We feel the same way about you, Fred Durst.The bad news is that Snoop Dogg is getting a sitcom, a no-doubt hackneyed affair starring the Doggfather as a patriarch with his mind on his family and his family on his mind. The even worse news is that Limp Bizkit front-penis Fred Durst is apparent ... More >>
If you ever needed an excuse to head north to Fort Collins besides the many fine breweries there, how about the Bohemian Nights at New West Fest? The free, three day festival is bringing in an eclectic batch of talent, starting with Flobots August 20. They'll be followed by Earth, Wind & Fire ... More >>
While our profile on Pete Wernick in this week's issue primarily focused on the duality of his roles in his bluegrass/jazz group Flexigrass and with the traditional bluegrass act Long Road Home, Wernick also discussed a number of other things including: what good bluegrass is, his introduction and t ... More >>
Steve Earl & the Bluegrass Dukes will be one of the many acts at next summer's RockyGrass.Steve Earl & the Bluegrass Dukes, Hot Rize, Earl Scruggs, Del McCoury Band, Claire Lynch Band are among the many acts announced for the initial line-up for the 37th Annual RockyGrass festival, which wil ... More >>
Bluegrass legend Dr. Banjo is still plucking after all these years.
Nick Hutchinson recently had the chance to chat with legendary bluegrass purveyor Pete Wernick about his influences, how he got his nickname and the difference between playing with Hot Rize and with Flexigrass. We ran a few highlights from their conversation in the November 1 issue, and here, in the ... More >>
Armando Zuppa serves up a steaming bowl of alphabet newgrass.
Druhá Tráva won't be a pawn in the bluegrass game.
Local twanger Pete Wernick is ready for the national spotlight.
...in the life (Rounder)
Backbeat writers sound off on a few of their favorite musical things from 2002.
The Waybacks strike a chord with fans of old-timey music.
After losing a founding member, Leftover Salmon decides to swim rather than sink.
Catching up with local releases, our music writers review local albums to the letter.
Doc Watson has played across five decades of bluegrass music.
Will the Circle be Unbroken (Capitol)
Multi-talented songwriter Laurie Lewis makes music with an ear toward tradition. But she's not afraid to break rules.
O Brother's success revealed Norman Blake's genius to a wide audience. Bluegrass fans have seen it all along.
Italy's New Country Kitchen serves up a tasty helping of authentic American-style bluegrass.
The banjo champion makes music that's finger-pickin' good.
Del McCoury is one of the masters of a great American art form.
PETE WERNICK'S LIVE FIVE PLAYS BLUEGRASS A NEW WAY.